1. What is the CareerWISE Academic Resilience Coach?
CareerWISE is the anytime online Academic Resilience Coach designed specifically for Ph.D. students who identify as women in science, technology, engineering, and math programs. CareerWISE is an academic resilience training program—a free source of personal and professional support for surviving and thriving in STEM.
2. Why is it important that a resource like CareerWISE exists?
Women are making it through to PhD programs, but not all are making it out. Efforts to improve the climate for diverse women in doctoral programs are critical. But in addition to taking action to warm up chilly climates and make systemic changes, we also need to heighten personal resilience for managing the moment. The CareerWISE resource provides the coaching and support to help women succeed in their current environments and persist in STEM.
3. What topics are covered in the CareerWISE Coach?
The Coach is organized around a four-step problem-solving method that extends technical problem-solving to encompass personal and interpersonal issues arising during the graduate experience. Navigating the Coach allows the user to consult information about common concerns that women face in STEM programs, engage in evidence-based training in specific problem-solving skills, draw on lessons and interactive practice opportunities to communicate more effectively in difficult situations, and listen to advice from accomplished women in science and engineering about their time in graduate school.
4. Why should users trust the CareerWISE Coach?
The CareerWISE Academic Resilience Coach was created by an interdisciplinary team of experts from fields including counseling psychology, engineering, computer science, the physical sciences, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, and theater with the generous support of the National Science Foundation. The content is current, significant, and relevant; scholarly references are provided for all content pieces. The effectiveness of the resource was demonstrated with nationwide randomized controlled trials. Details of these and other CareerWISE studies can be found under Publications and Presentations.
5. What's new for the CareerWISE Coach?
The CareerWISE Academic Resilience Coach has been newly redesigned and updated with the most important and current research to support the training program. The Coach includes an innovative interpersonal communication curriculum. The expanded content provides in-depth training on communicating in the types of challenging situations that women in STEM fields encounter. Interactive simulations are a unique feature that allows users to make response selections in critical-incident scenarios.