Seminar Series

Forging your career path beyond the university: Gender and the job market

Friday 15 December 2023 | 18:00-19:00 (JST)
  • Laurie Silverberg Scientific Officer, G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC); Strategist, facilitator, communicator, and project leader, Intellerate Consulting
  • Sawako Shirahase Director of TCJS
Event Description

After spending many years in a clearly defined path of study, graduate students and early-career professionals may find the prospect of career development beyond the university an anxiety-inducing prospect. Rather than climb a predetermined “career ladder,” one must be ready to forge a unique career path and apply one’s graduate training in new and unexpected ways. While all job seekers contend with this challenge, research shows that women in particular are less likely to pursue career opportunities commensurate with their skills and expertise. This talk, which is aimed at both women and men, will provide practical guidance for developing a professional career in which one can excel and thrive. Topics covered will include reading and interpreting job descriptions, communicating academic experience to hiring managers, impostor syndrome, and navigating explicit and implicit gender bias.

About the Speaker

Laurie Silverberg, PhD, is a strategist, facilitator, communicator, and project leader with over 15 years of international experience in higher education, intergovernmental organizations, and health care. Since 2022, she has served as Scientific Officer to the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council. She has held administrative leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Jewish Studies and Department of Surgery, where she was responsible for hiring both faculty and staff. In Germany, she partnered with social scientists at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center to develop one of Germany’s first ethics policies for social science research. Dr. Silverberg holds a PhD in Music History from the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder of Intellerate Consulting, which provides strategic facilitation, research, and writing services to clients in the higher education, intergovernmental, and nonprofit sectors.