Professional and Career Development program

OIST’s PCD: Professional and Career Development program supports students in gaining important skills in areas that employers – both academic and corporate – seek in new hires.  Students will have opportunities to develop the skills through seminars, workshops, course, and group project. PCD consists of two phases, PCD1 (year 1 - year 2) and PCD2 (Year 3~5).
 

PCD1: Year 1 and Year 2

PCD 1 is a two-year course with a value of 2 credit. It is a mandatory course which means that students must pass it to graduate. For PCD1 - All the PCD1 requirements need to be completed by your qualification examination. 

Below is PCD1 requirements list for "from Class 2018 ~"
(for Class 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, please see below for previous requirements)

Requirements for PCD 1(from Class 2018~)

PCD 1 is a two-year course with a value of 2 credit. It is a mandatory course which means that students must pass it to graduate. Please click left tab to see more course details.

Student’s requirements include:

  1. Group Project
  2. Research Ethics
    • Responsible Conduct in Research: e-front & The Lab
    • Responsible Conduct in Research: Workshop
    • Responsible Conduct in Research: Open Forum
  3. Okinawa 101
  4. Well-being workshop
  5. Career exploration (PCD elective units #1~#5)
  6. CV submission
  7. Individual career consulting session

The credits will be awarded in Year 2 upon completion of all the requirements and submission of the PCD requirement record.

Download: PCD Requirement Record Sheet

Group Project

Description: PCD Group Project is one of the requirements of PCD1 course. It will be conducted in the Year 1-2, and the project starts in February and runs for about 10 months. The project presentation will be given by each team at the end of the project and three awards will be given; Best Project Award, Best Community Award, People’s Choice Award.

Outcome: Demonstrate science communication skills and team building skills.

Web site: To see more details please go to Group Project page

Research Ethics

Description: Fundamental information on research ethics will be provided through online course and online tutorial. Followed by an interactive workshop for deeper understanding of the topic, then participate in Open Forum where students can discuss the topic with the Dean of Graduate School, Dean of Faculty Affairs, and Provost. ​

Outcome: Articulate responsibilities of their research activities.

eFront learning:

Okinawa 101

Description: Introduction to Okinawa community through topics by various speakers.

Outcome: Identify and discuss a topic introduced in Okinawa 101.

Past Event:

Well-Being

Description: Learning importance of maintaining one’s well-being, gaining tips and resource on the topic. Well-being workshop is a mandatory session for the first year students. ​

Outcome: Describe and apply coping methods to maintain their well-being during their PhD programs.

Career Exploration

Description: Various seminars and workshops will be offered for students to explore career options in academia or beyond-academia. Participating in seminars and workshops will be counted towards PCD elective units, please see below for guideline.

Outcome: Describe career path choices, be able to define skills needed for chosen career paths and build the skills during the PhD program. The skills include but not limited to communication skills, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, etc. 

For more detatil please see "PCD Elective units Guideline" bottom this page.

Career consultation

Description: Individual career consulting session with Professional and Career Coordinator; one session before thesis proposal submission for PCD1, one session before thesis submission for PCD2.

Outcome: Discuss options on career path and create plans on job search. skills, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, etc.

Make an appointment:To make an appointment for career counseling session, Click here!

CV submission

Description: For PCD1 - CV submission is due by the end of 5th term.

  • Any format is acceptable
  • Updated CV with all your publications
  • Please send CV to gscareer@oist.jp


PCD2: Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5

PCD 2 is a three-year course, 1 credit up to Class2019; 2 credits from Class2020. It is a mandatory course which means that students must pass it to graduate. For PCD2 - All the PCD2 requirements need to be completed by your thesis submission.

Below is PCD2 requirements list for "from Class 2018 ~"
(for Class 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, please see below for previous requirements)

Requirements for PCD 2 (from Class 2018~)

PCD 2 is a three-year course. The value of credit is 
  • 1 credit up to Class2019
  • 2 credits from Class2020
It is a mandatory course which means that students must pass it to graduate.Please click left tab to see more course details.

Student’s requirements include:

  1. Career exploration (PCD elective units #1~#15)
  2. CV submission
  3. Individual career consulting session

The credits will be awarded in Year 5 upon completion of all the requirements and submission of the PCD requirement record.

Download: PCD Requirement Record Sheet

Career Exploration

Description: Various seminars and workshops will be offered for students to explore career options in academia or beyond-academia. Participating in seminars and workshops will be counted towards PCD elective units, please see below for guideline.

Outcome: Describe career path choices, be able to define skills needed for chosen career paths and build the skills during the PhD program. The skills include not limited to communication skills, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, etc. 

For more detatil please see "PCD Elective units Guideline" bottom this page.

Career consultation

Description: Individual career consulting session with Professional and Career Coordinator; one session before thesis proposal submission for PCD1, one session before thesis submission for PCD2.

Outcome: Discuss options on career path and create plans on job search. skills, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, etc.

Make an appointment:To make an appointment for career counseling session, Click here!

CV submission

Description: For PCD2 - CV submission is due by the end of 14th term.

  • Any format is acceptable
  • Updated CV with all your publications
  • Please send CV to gscareer@oist.jp


Requirements for Class 2016 and Class 2017
This is PCD requirements for up to Class 2017.
 
  1. 5 hours of teaching
  2. 2 presentations
  3. CV submission
  4. Individual career consulting session

*Students who are interested in pursuing postdoc/faculty track should consider postsecondary-level teaching beyond 5 hours

PCD Elective units Guideline
   

[AY2021-2022]

1 unit = 90min. to 120min
Following activities will be counted towards PCD elective units

- Seminars/Workshops offered by external organizations (will be announced as they happen)
- Seminar/Workshop of your choice (Please check with PCD team in advance)
- Okinawa 101 (if taken more than one)
 

Workshop name unit
Mini course up to 5 units throughout PCD1 & 2
Coursera courses  up to 5 units throughout PCD1 & 2
Nature scientific writing online course  up to 5 units throughout PCD1 & 2
Language course up to 5 units throughout PCD1 & 2
Coursera specializations  up to 8 units throughout PCD1 & 2
   
Business English seminar 1
English Grammar seminar 1
Academic English seminar 1
Japanese classes (JLPT prep. etc.) 1
   
Project Management for Researchers 1
Alumni Talk Series 1
JSPS information session 1
IMI workshop 3
Microaggression workshop 1
Outreach activities: Participating in OSMP, OIST Café 1
LinkedIn Learning 1
   
Intellectual Property workshop 1
Intercultural Communication seminar 1
Entrepreneurship seminar 1
Grant Writing seminar 1
   

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