Professional Development

Exploring Career Options in Biology

Meredith’s location near Research Triangle Park makes it an ideal place for students to find internships and jobs in the life sciences field. Associate Professors of Biological Sciences Jason Andrus and Erin Lindquist have developed a course based on StrongPoints to help biology students make the most of that advantage – and use their strengths in their chosen career path.

Students first take the strengths assessment. Then they engage in a variety of exercises throughout the semester that help them explore career options, learn how to present themselves professionally, and make industry connections.

During one class, students practice introducing themselves based on their strengths. During another session, they review a career matrix of jobs within the biology field and talk about how they can employ their strengths within the careers that interest them.

An entire week devoted to professional development includes an evening for students to practice their “elevator speeches” and work on LinkedIn profiles, followed by an opportunity to network with alumnae working in the field and an etiquette dinner that prepares students for lunch or dinner interviews.

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Jason Andrus
Head, Dept. of Biological Sciences
103 Science/Mathematics Bldg.
(919) 760-8891
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