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CANCELLED: Military-Affiliated Grad Student (MAGS) & CVRC Dinner–Building a Professional Image: Your On-line Footprint

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us at the Carolina Veterans Resource Center for a professional development workshop led by Dr. Beka Layton, Director of Professional Development in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program in the School of Medicine, and an Army Veteran. This workshop is for both graduate and undergraduate military-affiliated students.   Dinner will be provided so please REGISTER by Thursday, March 12th.

DESCRIPTION:  How do you synchronize your military, civilian, and academic experiences into a streamlined-narrative to build a strong personal brand? Join US Army combat veteran and former paratrooper, Dr. Rebekah Layton, Director of Professional Development Programs in the UNC Office of Graduate Education, for an interactive workshop on building a professional image in the digital age.  Bring a device of your choice (laptop, tablet, or smart device) to work on tailoring your personal profile on platforms like LinkedIn (Your online business card!), Twitter (Yes – this can be professional, too!), and even academic profiles (ORCID, GoogleScholar, PubMed, Kudos, Publons) to tell YOUR professional story on YOUR terms. Use intentional and thoughtful presentation of your skills, achievements, and accomplishments to enhance your professional career. Don’t have a profile yet? No problem. Never heard of these platforms? This is for you! Already have a net presence, but want to polish it up ‘till it shines like some old-school spit-shined boots? This workshop is for you, too. Enjoy dinner, fellowship, and share military memories, all while creating effective STAR bullets that will showcase the skills and experiences YOU want people to notice.

Photo of Beka LaytonBIO:
Rebekah Layton, PhD, CMC, PCC, is the Director of Professional Development Programs at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Rebekah provides individual career coaching and leadership mentoring for trainees, and is a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She is a published author on professional development and career outcomes, a contributor to Inside HigherEd Carpe Careers, and a member of the Graduate Career Consortium where she currently serves as a Regional Director. Rebekah designs, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive professional and career development program housed in the Office of Graduate Education supporting 1000+ graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. She earned degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University at Albany, State University of New York (PhD & MA) where she studied self-regulation and goal-setting. Rebekah firmly believes that exciting career options await each trainee, and helps individuals to identify and capitalize on their strengths to prepare for the next steps toward career success that are right for them.  Rebekah also enjoys giving back to the veteran community through volunteering with the Durham VA Veterans Research Engagement Panel (VetREP) to support researchers dedicated to serving veterans in their work and SongwritingWith: Soldiers to help military service members and their families explore their experience through song with the help of professional songwriters. Rebekah is also a member of the UNC Military Affiliated Grads (MAGS) Advisory Board.



Monday, March 16, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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NC United States