Authors and Advisors


Alaina G. Levine

Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, STEM career consultant, science journalist, professional speaker, and corporate comedian. Her first book, Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015), was named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 by Physics Today magazine. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, she is a prolific speaker and writer on career development and professional advancement for engineers and scientists. She has delivered over 700 speeches for clients in the US, Europe, Mexico, and Canada, and has written over 350 articles in international publications such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and National Geographic News Watch. Previously, as Director of Special Projects at the University of Arizona College of Science, she oversaw the Professional Science Master's Program in Applied Science and Business, and launched and taught the first course in entrepreneurship for scientists at that university.

Lead advisors

Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera researches "Big Data" problems and applies methodologies emphasizing "Business Geographics," which integrates Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, and statistics. He brings this approach to problems in Marketing, Real Estate, Retail Site Selection, Economic Geography, and Data Analytics and challenges students to use these methods to solve problems and conduct research. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award, and is an Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs. He serves as a consultant to government, business, and higher education and served as the Provost of Carthage College overseeing all aspects of the College's academic administration (2010–14).

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-Informed Teaching, and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Course structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Course files

    Module 1: Career exploration and the job search process

    • Understanding your value
    • Research skills valued by employers
    • Finding the right career path
    • Aligning career paths with your values
    • Understanding your brand, attitude, and reputation
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Professional networking

    • What is networking?
    • Developing your brand statement
    • Networking at an event and following up
    • Informational interviews
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Finding and cultivating a relationship with a mentor

    • Understanding the mentor–protégé partnership
    • How to engage a mentor professionally
    • How to leverage the mentor–protégé partnership for career success
    • Module summary

    Module 4: Job search preparation and personal marketing: résumé and interviewing

    • The importance of résumés and CVs
    • Organizing your résumé or CV
    • Résumé and CV building
    • The interview process
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Animation introducing the importance of transferable skills
  • Real-life scenarios offering useful and practical advice.

Supporting institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Oakland University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point