Students and postdocs now have an additional tool to add to their world-class training at Baylor College of Medicine. The new Career Development Center officially launched in January with the goal of complementing the professional training that students receive at Baylor.
The office is available to help with the transition from student to professional, including training students on interpersonal interaction, helping with CV/resume writing, presenting research across multiple disciplines and professionalizing their digital footprint.
“Students get outstanding scientific and clinical training at Baylor, and this is a value-add to that training,” said Derek Haseltine, director of the new center. “Our goal is to help them polish their skills before they hit the market.”
Through individual coaching and workshops, the center is available to help students with their interviewing and networking skills. For researchers, the center’s goal is to help them market themselves beyond their research and explain their work to those outside of their field.
Students can sign up for mock interviews and the center has begun hosting outside speakers both on campus and through virtual platforms to discuss important career development topics.
Prior to joining Baylor, Haseltine served as the director for CPS Career Services at George Washington University where he oversaw career services for students and alumni across ten academic programs and led efforts to virtually deliver career services. He has also held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Reginald Toussant also has joined the center as manager of career and student services. In addition to his role in career services, Toussant manages and coordinates academic support, veterans’ affairs and student services programs and resources across all four schools at Baylor. Toussant can help with coordinating resources and assisting with other services that current students who are veterans or on active duty may need.
Before he took on this new role at Baylor, Toussant served as a career development specialist at the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business where he developed and administered career programming and resources for students and alumni of the business school.
The center currently has walk-in hours for students in all four schools as well as postdocs. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – noon. The office is located in the Cullen building in room 271A. Students don’t need to have anything prepared if they plan to visit during walk-in hours. For more information, visit www.bcm.edu/careerdevelopment or call 713-798-5043.