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Career Accelerator

21 - 25 January, 2024

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center
Estes Park, USA

Registration for the 2024 program closes on 17 November.

Make connections with leaders in the photonics industry.

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Understand core skills and expectations in the corporate environment

To compete and succeed in the optics and photonics field today, students and early career professionals need to develop skills inside and outside the lab to understand how to utilize their expertise in this ever-growing and changing sector.

Career Accelerators seek to fill the training and education gap by focusing on career paths and the professional and personal skills needed for success. Our goal with this program is to acquaint students with the corporate world's culture, language, and methodology as they plan their transition from academia to industry.   
Topics include:

  • Leadership Development
  • Team Building and Group Dynamics
  • Business Strategy
  • Innovation & Product Development
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Management and Decision Making
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Effective Communication
  • Negotiating
  • Project Management


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