Message from the Board - June 2023


Dear MCAA members,

Among the many opportunities and services provided by the MCAA to its members, those aiming to support Career Development are among the most prized. That's why, after much waiting, we are excited to finally announce the launching of our mentoring platform - designed specifically for the Marie Curie Alumni Association members. We developed this platform with the purpose of letting it grow into a tailored tool for career development, offering our members the opportunity to connect with experienced mentors from our rich community who can provide guidance and support as you navigate your career paths. As such, it is a unique offering for our members, allowing you to connect with other alumni who have expertise in the diverse flora and fields of interest in our community. The platform will also enable members to expand professional networks and build valuable connections across all sectors and career stages. If you haven't yet, do join here. We call for all alumni to register as mentors and/or mentees, to give support and get support to each other!

Marina Rantanen Modéer
Marina Rantanen Modéer

In addition to the mentoring platform, we recently evaluated the effectiveness of our initiative to use the online learning platform Coursera as a tool for career development. We are pleased to report that the initiative has proven to be highly successful, with many members reporting that they found the courses engaging, relevant, and valuable for their career development.

Through the Coursera platform, members have access to a wide range of courses and specializations taught by top professors from leading universities around the world. This combination of online learning and mentoring has proven to be a powerful way to support career development and achieve professional goals.

As always, we are committed to supporting our members in their career development journeys. We encourage you to take advantage of the new mentoring platform, enroll in Coursera, attend the many workshops, webinars, and training provided, and continue to explore the many career development resources that are available to you as a member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. An excellent example of training offered by MCAA is the one on communication led by our Communication WG. While the first courses have focused on science communication, more are in the making and will focus on a wide variety of topics, from research ethics to data management. And furthermore, why not take a step further in your involvement and join the Career Development WG and volunteer to contribute to the planning and organization of new opportunities tailored to your needs?!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or feedback. We look forward to continuing to support you in your career development journey.

Kind regards,

Marina Rantanen Modéer

On behalf of the MCAA Board