I am so excited, you guys!!! I gave my talk to my department yesterday, and not only was it exactly 25 minutes, but everyone said it was super clear and well put-together and interesting. Since my post-doc work is loosely related to my grad advisor's (whose place I'm taking, in case you haven't read the backstory), I was able to squeeze in a little of my recent work, which I think will cause much eye-widening and ooh-ing and ah-ing, and possibly opening of the old department checkbook, if you know what I mean.
Oh, just kidding. Sort of.
I have to say, one thing I'm really impressed with is how many career-oriented resources there are for young scientists. I mean, they've got workshops going on all day, every day for people just like me! Topics include:
"NIH K awards"
"Formula for grant success"
"Social media and career development for life sciences" (I KNEW there had to be a way to cash in on all that twittering!)
"The job talk"
"Ten ways to get lucky in the job search"
"Developing your personal statement/elevator pitch"
There's also a whole symposium on Sunday afternoon about non-traditional careers like publishing and regulatory affairs, and another on the ins and outs of the peer review process. This, I think, is pretty great, and I'm really looking forward to checking some of them out in between posters and mentally rehearsing my talk for the gajillionth time.
And speaking of my talk--if you happen to find yourself at it (and I'm confident you'll know if you are), do come say hi after! Do not, however, blab my last name all over teh interwebs.
See you in Anaheim!