The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association is an organization run by and for about 1000 postdocs and early career scientists working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. We organize many activities to strengthen our ties to the Lab, to each other and to the (Berkeley) Bay Area. Our goal is to facilitate social interactions, scientific exchanges, seminars and general orientation.
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

ACS Career Workshop

BLPA will host a special American Chemical Society career development workshop Strategic Planning of Your Career on Feb 24, 2020, and the one-on-one career coaching session on Feb 25, 2020.

Strategic Planning of Your Career

Feb 24, 2020 – Pers Hall B54-130

The career planning workshop will focus on STEM career options and building a strong adaptable career plan using your best and unique strengths and experiences. The workshop is relevant to postdocs in STEM fields. Registration is free for Berkeley National Lab postdocs.

Sign up here (We’ve reached full capacity for the workshop)


9:00-9:30 – Networking breakfast
9:30-9:45 – Introduction (15 min)
9:45-11:15 – Self-Assessment/Self-Awareness (90 min)
11:15-12:00 – Explore Careers part I. (45 min)
12:00-13:00 – Networking Lunch Break
13:00-13:30 – Explore Careers part II. (30 min)
13:30-14:15 – Setting Goals (45 min)
14:15-14:30 – Coffee Break
14:30-15:15 – Creating your strategy/poster presentations (45min)
15:15-16:00 – Networking Social

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association will provide breakfast, lite refreshments and coffee. Please bring your lunch. The dessert is on us! There is also a possibility of buying lunch at LBNL Cafeteria, which is just next to our workshop room.

The workshop will cover:

  1. Building your identity through assessment of your strengths, values and experiences
  2. Exploring and filtering career options available towards finding a career fit
  3. Constructing effective resumes and cover letters
  4. Creating S.M.A.R.T. goals towards an adaptable career plan.

One-on-one Career Coaching Session

Feb 25, 2020 – Pers Hall Addition B54-130B and Pers Hall B54-130

Sign up for the one-on-one career coaching session and resume/CV review utilizing your Strength Finder results.

Awareness of your unique strengths is a critical component to personal empowerment, leadership development and marketing your CV and/or resume. After taking the 30 min self-assessment test (prior to workshop), a career coach will work with you in an individualized session (30 min per session) to help you recognize your unique talents and strengths and begin to use them towards targeting your personal or professional goals and enhancing your CV or resume.

ACS is excited to offer this service free as part of a pilot program (typically the full Strength Finder test costs $50 to administer). The coaching session will be offered the day after ACS’s workshop Strategic Planning of Your Career.

The registration is open only for the 1st-day workshop participants.