International Career Building Workshops


COACh has developed a series of Career Building workshops that it provides to all career levels to assist scientists in achieving their full career potential and aspirations. The workshops have been carefully developed to mentor and train participants in skills that are not traditionally taught in STEM education. Research and testimonials show the positive impact that these workshops have had on participants.


In 2011 a branch of COACh, COACh International (iCOACh) was formed to bring its efforts to scientists and engineers in developing countries. Through extensive interviews with scientists and administrators in different countries, a series of workshops were developed to meet the needs of scientists and engineers in different countries. Many are similar to the workshops developed in the United States. Although most workshops are conducted in English, COACh also provides these workshops in the local language with the help of interpreters. Participants, particularly faculty, are encouraged to use what they have learned at these workshops to provide training to their own students in their home countries. Contact us if you are interested in having COACh workshops in your country.


Workshop Modules on Proposal Writing and Journal PublishingIMG_0678

  • Selling Your Science: The Art of Effective Proposal Writing
    (Duration: 1-2 hours)

This workshop provides training in effective techniques for writing proposals to gain research support for a scientific or engineering project. Participants can bring an example of a proposal that they have recently completed or have in-progress. Topics include identifying the priorities of the agency or program solicitation, determining criteria for assessment and writing to the criteria, developing a format for the proposal following known guidelines, identifying the objectives of the research project and why anyone should care, discussing examples of successful proposal formats, developing a budget and cost assessment, interacting with program officers and agencies, and developing research partnerships.

     Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers


  • Publishing Research Results in Peer Reviewed JournalsIMG_0632
    (Duration: 2-3 hours)

This workshop provides advice and training on publishing scientific and technical results in peer-reviewed English language journals. Participants can bring an example of a paper or outline for an article they are considering for submission to a journal. Topics include publication and review process for many journals, organizing a paper, determining when and where to publish results, identifying data to include in the publication and organizing the material, and working with editors and on-line submissions and responding to reviews.

Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers


Workshops on Leadership and Career Development

  • The Art of Effective Negotiation3
    (Duration: ½ day)

Negotiations occur everyday in the scientific laboratory and workplace and often involve issues that are key to research success and career advancement. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of negotiation relevant to a variety of one-on-one conversations and group settings. Topics include the importance of negotiation to advance research and career objectives, identification of negotiables including start-up packages, space, authorship, supplies, etc., necessary elements of a successful negotiation, the importance of developing alternatives to an agreement, techniques for handling difficult people and conversations, the importance of listening and appreciating different viewpoints and identification of short and long-term negotiation goals.

Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers, Administrators


  • The Power of Persuasion
    (Duration: ½ day)

Good communication skills are essential in all aspects of personal and professional life.  This workshop focuses on honing communication skills so that one can be more effective in interpersonal relationships in the workplace, in teaching situations and in scientific research presentations. The session includes self-assessment, role playing and practicing the techniques learned. Topics include effective communication styles for women, projecting confidence and credibility through voice, image and body language, dealing with difficult conversations and questions
, using powerful rather than weak words
, methods for effective cyber-communication and effective scientific presentations.

Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers


  • Career Launch and AccelerationIMG_0864
    (Duration: ½ day)

The first years as a researcher in science can be exhilarating, exhausting, stressful and rewarding. This workshop provides techniques necessary for an effective career launch in STEM fields. Discussion, role-playing and group problem solving are important components of the workshop. Participants are asked to bring a current CV for review and critique.   Topics include finding graduate and faculty fellowships, common mistakes of new graduate students/faculty/researcher and ways to avoid them, effective in-person and cyber interviews, effective communication methods for research and teaching presentations, negotiation techniques to use for research needs and career advance, importance of network building and finding a mentor, building a strong CV and developing a strong internet presence.

Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers


  • Persuasive Scientific Presentations
    (Duration: 1 hour)

Scientific talks are one of the most effective ways to present research results to specialists in the field as well as the non-specialist. Given that it is likely that far more people will hear about the research through a public presentation rather than the published paper, it is important the presentation is clear, concise and compelling.   This workshop provides training on how to present research results in a manner that maximizes the ability of the audience to understand why the work was conducted, the methods used, the results obtained and impact of the research on the field.   The content of the workshop is based on research that has examined factors that maximize audience retention of information given in an oral/visual presentation.

Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers


  • Mentoring and Networking for Career SuccessIMG_0911
    (Duration: 2 hours)

Mentoring and networking go hand-in-hand in making a successful career in any discipline, particularly in science. Both are known to have a very powerful positive impact on the careers at any level. Mentoring can be an equally valuable and rewarding experience for the mentor who seeks to aid others in career advancement as well as the mentee who benefits from this effort. However as scientists we often have limited exposure to effective mentoring and networking practices and techniques. Through a series of exercises and role playing scenarios this workshop provides training in mentoring techniques that are proven to be effective. It also provides guidelines on networking and the different types of networks that are essential for career advancement at all career levels and aspirations.

      Career Level: Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Researchers


  • Effective Leadership Skills for Women
    (Duration: ½ day)

Women scientists take on leadership roles everyday, in the classroom, in their department or institution and in their professional organizations. The workshop includes presentations by the facilitator, small group discussion and experiential learning. This workshop is designed to give participants the basic concepts of leadership, describe recent research on leadership qualities that lead to success and failure, discuss effective leadership styles for women in different cultures, conduct a self-assessment to identify areas for skills enhancement, provide techniques and strategies for career advancement into leadership roles, assist in developing and maintaining strong leadership networks.

Career Level: Early Career Faculty and beyond, Researchers, Administrators