BRAINS Symposium

Broadening Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience
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The BRAINS logo, based on the two halves of a brain, one half is orange and the other half is blue with arrows point in all directions to represent diversity BRAINS acronym

Continuous Career Invention
(formerly Invent Your Career)

Description of Invent Your Career component of the BRAINS program

Following the BRAINS symposium, a subgroup of participants will continue with a rigorous career consultation process known as the Continuous Career Invention program. The program includes three innovation and incubation meetings, each spaced six months apart, during which participants engage in self reflection, problem solving, and goal setting with a team of supportive and successful professionals. At its foundation, the program acknowledges that one must actively create his or her own career path, as opposed to copying someone else's or blindly following external structures and expectations, in order to truly enjoy his or her journey.

As a participant in BRAINS, you will have the opportunity to engage in a personalized career mentoring program, known as Continuous Career Invention (CCI). The CCI experience is completely customized to the individual, examining their career in the context of their whole life, and helping them person to decode and develop proactive plans that will aid them in accomplishing their goals and can accelerate their career progress. During the three "innovation and incubation” meetings, participants get feedback from senior professionals with successful careers, consisting of individuals from various professional backgrounds (both scientists and non-scientists ) taking advantage of their broad experience, enhancing the innovative element of the CCI program. CCI team members are selected based on each participant's need.

Participants will work with the BRAINS CCI team to develop specific career goals that translate into proactive plans and address fundamental issues, which if left unanswered or unexamined, would impede their ability to drive their careers forward and impact society in the manner they desire. Interested participants must submit a CCI application and be selected based on fit for the program by the BRAINS CCI team.

Typical benefits of Continuous Career Invention include the following:

  • A better career plan of clearly defined priorities and specific action steps
  • A sustained commitment to career priorities
  • Transformation of anxiety into creative energy
  • A clearer distinction between the important and the urgent in one's career
  • Increased focus through rearranging what one already knows in more useful ways
  • Better calibration of career progress with realistic objectives
  • A greater sense of fun and enjoyment in one's career

Last updated February 11, 2015

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