In addition to the curricular professional development education, KGI also offers numerous co-curricular activities oriented towards professional development throughout the year. These experiences can help students polish their professional skills in the areas of written and oral communication, interviewing, and working within teams. Experts from industry will frequently be on campus to give talks, participate in roundtables, or meet with students during networking events. Many (perhaps most) KGI students ultimately find their job through contacts made through co-curricular activities or industry-sponsored academic programs such as the TMP. Students have the opportunity to utilize an e-portfolio system to compile and document their professional activities to facilitate communications with prospective employers.
PPM Specific Co-Curricular Events
During the academic year KGI organizes three co-curricular programs designed specifically to meet the needs of PPM students:
1. Roundtable Speaker Series. Distinguished individuals from the bioscience industry will meet with PPM students, typically over lunch, to discuss their careers, industry experiences, and in engage in discussion with PPM students.
2. Company visits. PPM students, as a group, will travel to bioscience companies or related organizations in Southern California. This will allow students to become familiar with important companies in the region, tour labs and other facilities, and make contacts with executives from these firms.
3. Mentor program.
More experienced industry professionals can be invaluable sources of career advice as well as industry contacts. KGI has a broad network of industry contacts, with over 50 bioscience related companies represented on KGI’s Corporate Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. All interested PPM students will be given the opportunity to work with KGI’s Office of Career Services to find a mentor.
Institute-Wide Co-Curricular Events
PPM students are also welcome to participate in all other co-curricular events. A partial list of the types of co-curricular events planned for the academic year include:
1. “Focus Fridays” – Students enrolled in the two-year MBS program typically enroll in a series of elective courses surrounding a career-oriented “major” during their second year. KGI offers five majors: The Business of Bioscience, Bioprocessing, Devices & Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development, and Clinical and Regulatory Affairs. This year KGI is organizing a Friday industry event around each of these major themes. Focus Fridays will include speakers, roundtable panels, and networking events in which managers and scientists from companies representing the given focus track area will be invited to campus. More importantly, this is an opportunity for all students to get a better understanding of a focus area, even if they don’t plan to take advanced courses within it.
2. Professional Skills Workshops – KGI students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, some focusing on very practical areas such as interviewing and resume preparation for industry jobs, and some very complex, such as intellectual property law. Most professional skills workshops will be held on Friday afternoons.