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					Taking Charge of Your Training to
     Maximize Your Future…

              Adapted by Dr. Gail P. Taylor,
              University of Texas at San Antonio

              Originally Developed by:
              Beth Fischer and Michael Zigmond
              Survival Skills and Ethics Program

              Revised 5/2007
 Your Point of View Really
Matters in Life…Particularly
  Involving your Future…
Thought Question #1:
How do you view your
  college career?
       Attitudes about College

It’s something to complete as soon as possible
It’s something my parents made me do
It’s a way of life
It’s all about grades!
It’s a guaranteed ticket for a good job
It’s a time to explore!
It’s a time to build credentials for a future career
      YOU must develop your
   Passivity
      Lack of goals
      Can’t make up mind
   Single-mindedness
      Focus only on classes
      Focus only on grades
      Focus only on completion
   Fear
      Sabotage degree completion
      Hinder accomplishment
      “Imposter Syndrome”
 Always be planning and
focusing on the next step,
    after graduation!
 Planning is bringing the future
into the present so that you can
   do something about it now

           ~Alan Lakein
    Plan to Achieve Your Objectives!
Research your Path                            Establish a network
Establish Your Credentials!                      Meet your professors- LOR
   Coursework foundation                        Get to know other students
       Learn, not grades                      Overcome “weaknesses”
       Take in correct order                     Oral presentations
       Take what you’ll need, not                Writing
       degree requirements!
            Ex. No Organic II req at UTSA.      Fear
   Projects                                  Volunteer and get involved
   Additional Activities                     Complete required tasks
       Internships                               Degree paperwork
                                                 GRE
       Research Experience
            Papers/abstracts
                                                 MCAT
            Presentations                       EIT
            Patents
           Developing a Plan
Make a list of what you must accomplish, with dates!
   Required courses/exams
   Program-required courses
   Research
   Honors Theses, Senior projects
   Tests
   Abstract/conference dates
   Job Applications
   Grad School application progress
   Summer applications and deadlines
Make a list of what you’d like to accomplish
   Fellowships proposals
   Volunteer Activities
   Additional knowledge
Make a timetable (with milestones)
Consult plan each semester and re-evaluate
  Opportunities often Come
 Disguised as Hard Work, so
Some People Don’t Recognize

          Ann Landers…
Congratulations for planning
for your future, and grasping
      this opportunity…
         The Next 10 Weeks will Be
Time and labor intensive
   Course work
   Experimental Design
   Critical Analysis of Data
   Research Ethics
   Learning the literature of your field
   Professional Development Activities
       High level reading
       Career Plans and path
       Communication Skills
   Final Projects and Presentations…
 Why do All This?
How Does Research
   Benefit You?
                  Student POV
It’s an income…and much better than working at
Blockbuster or HEB
I’ll get experience in my field
   Free job training
I get to travel, meet others, make friends
                 Deeper POV
Sets you up for your future!
Validates coursework
Intro to the 40+ hour work week
Knowledge that you can have an impact
Observe a “high level” career
Deeper Faculty contact/mentoring
Learn to speak like a professional
Generally, an increase in motivation
Doors open into laboratories
CV/Resume that stands out
Letters of recommendation…
The most important person- your
   major or research advisor:
 An advisor should give you:
     Advice
     Can be a mentor…
     Second-hand reputation
     Knowledge of professional activities
     Possible financial support/assistance
     Role model
     Introductions/networking  
     Letters of recommendation
     Respect
Your responsibilities to your
      advisor and lab

A laboratory is an extended family!
   Your best effort
      Show up when you say you will!
   Honesty
   Productivity
   Assistance- Teamwork
   Feedback/communication
   Respect/Loyalty
Shhh…I’ll Give Away a
        How to Impress Faculty…
Strong grasp of your course work
Strong work ethic and productivity
Attitude- enjoyment of what you are doing
Respect self and others
Good communication
High level critical thinking (take time to think!)
   How do you approach problems?
   What is the next step of your project?
   What are the implications of your project?
Small opportunities are often
  the beginning of great
Develop a great perspective!
Take steps to plan your future
Take advantage of opportunities
Build credentials
Achieve your dreams


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