For many graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, even those with an international background careers outside the US remain terra incognita. While planning an overseas move can be daunting, such careers offer unique and rewarding opportunities that can boost and enhance trainees’ career development outcomes. During this session, we offer advice on preparing for success outside the US research ecosystem by discussing potential challenges facing trainees who wish to be globally mobile and will share resources that trainees who are exploring or planning a move overseas can use.
Sina Safayi received his DVM from Shiraz University in Iran and his PhD from University of Copenhagen in Denmark; and received postdoctoral training in life sciences from University of Copenhagen, Clemson University, and Iowa State University. Sina has over 140 publications, invited talks, and presentations, in addition to over two decades of experience in a range of leadership positions focused on programming and activities supporting the academic, social, career, and professional development of undergrad, grad, and postdoc trainees on three continents. As the director of career development and industry outreach at Rush University Graduate College, Sina leads the career and professional development activities for graduate students. Before joining Rush, Sina led similar offices at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School in the US and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan, where he developed and instituted programs to foster career and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.