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Wednesday, November 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Job Simulations: An Exercise Connecting Students and Employers in a Meaningful, Time-efficient Way

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In today’s diverse STEM economy, students pursue a wide variety of careers critical to the scientific enterprise. However, it can be challenging for students to learn about career options due to time, financial and logistical constraints. Here, we present an educational model for experiential learning developed as part of our National Institutes of Health BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) grant:  #MicroSim job simulations.  #MicroSims connect students with employers in a meaningful interaction that takes just a few hours. Each simulation activity replicates a task common to the career role, giving the student an opportunity to consider their own career fit. The student shares their job simulation product with an employer in an informational interview or small group discussion setting, helping both student and professional deepen the conversation and build a more meaningful connection. We developed job simulations as a component of our Career Pathways Communities (CPC), which are career-themed learning communities connecting employers and Ph.D. students. We anticipate that the #MicroSims model could be applied to students across STEM disciplines and at various educational levels. In this session, we will share strategies for development and implementation of #MicroSim job simulations and facilitate an audience discussion of potential applications in other contexts. Joining us will be an employer who helped to develop and facilitate a job simulation, and a student who experienced the program, sharing their perspectives about the experience and the benefits for all parties.


Spencer L. Fenn

Assistant Director, Center for Biomedical Career Development, UMass Medical School

Cynthia Fuhrmann

Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development, Center for Biomedical Career Development, UMass Medical School

Jennifer Griffin

VP, Industry Programs & Relations, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Heather Yonutas

Career Pathways Curriculum Intern, Center for Biomedical Career Development, UMass Medical School

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am EST
Meeting Room D

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