Enhance your skill set

You have an idea of what you’d like to do, now get the right additional training and expertise so you can do it well. If you need to, don’t hesitate to go back to people you talked to in the Explore phase and ask what training, skills, or experiences they recommend having to succeed.

Course Offering from MassBioED

MassBioEd supports the Biotech Learning Center whose focus is to offer high quality professional development course taught by experts in the life sciences.  You can take these courses as refreshers or as skill building courses.  Courses include, but are not limited to: Clinical Trial Overview: The Players, Process & Language, Biotechnology Project Management, Influence Without Authority, Strategic Thinking Skills, and many more.  Please follow the link for up to date course offerings.  If you are a trainee involved with BU’s BEST MassBioEd is offering scholarships for these courses.  Please email us at bubest@bu.edu for more information.

MassBio Forums

MassBio Forums are free events on a wide range of topics.  These events will allow you to learn more about the processes of biopharma and the life sciences industry.  If you would like to be added to the MassBio mailing list to get emails on these events please consider creating a member profile.

Career Coaching

Lauren Celano, Propel Careers, offers personalized one-on-one career advising the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 3-5pm on MED.  On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month appointments can be make on the Charles River Campus (CRC) from 9-11am.  You can sit down with Lauren and go over your CV/resume, cover letter preparation, interview preparation, social media tools for job searching, highlighting your transferable skills, how to network, and more.  Lauren is also available via phone or Skype the 1st and 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am to noon.

Medical Campus appointments (72 E Concord St, L306): 2nd & 4th Friday of each month

Charles River Campus appointments (24 Cummington Mall, LSE504): 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month

Skype/Phone appointments: 1st & 2nd Saturday of each month

If you would like to reserve a time to sit down with Lauren, please book an appointment here.


Academic Enrichment
Biomedical Forensic Sciences
Clinical Investigation
Core Technologies
Certificate in Biomedical Innovation
GMS Course on Teaching in STEM

Are you interested in …

  • pursuing an academic career?
  • learning more about the ins and outs of effective teaching?
  • becoming a more effective speaker and presenter?
  • taking a massive open online course (MOOC) and getting credit?

Boston University is now offering a seven-week hybrid course on Teaching in STEM that combines online learning
with one-hour, weekly in-person, faculty-led sessions. As part of the course, participants will discuss effective
teaching strategies and the research that supports them and then apply these approaches to lesson design and
assignments for future teaching opportunities. This course will be offered Fall 2015 (tentative: Sept 28-Nov 13) on
both the CRC and the medical campus, with the date/time of the in-person component being determined based on
the availability of the participants. The course is 2-credits for all graduate students or no-credit for postdocs and
faculty. Please help us gauge the interest level at BUMC by contacting MaryAnn Campion (maryann@bu.edu)
before July 1st if you would like to hear more about this course. For those who want to strengthen their teaching
skills further, an advanced course will be offered Spring 2016.

Teaching Opportunities
  • Undergraduate teaching through the program in Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences offered by BU’s Metropolitan College
  • Graduate teaching in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) classes. (first year PhD
    curriculum); Students and postdoctoral trainees can compete to serve as teaching fellows to
    conduct the weekly discussion sections for these first year PhD courses. Those chosen to participate get one-on-one mentoring from the course directors and they participate in professional development
    sessions on teaching in small group settings and engaging reluctant learners.
  • Graduate teaching in the Physician Assistant Program: Here trainees will give full lectures in
    biomedical science classes.
  • BU Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching facilitates professional development of faculty and trainees as teachers.  They offer workshops, seminars, day long conferences, technological support and a collection of audio, video and print materials.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact bubest@bu.edu.


Job shadowing is a great way to find out what a certain job is really like.  This would likely follow an informational interview.  At the end of your informational interview, if you feel it has gone well, you can ask if it might be possible to shadow that person.  Shadowing can last anywhere from an hour to an entire day.  When going to shadow make sure you dress appropriately for the job.