Determining the next step in life after nearly twenty years of education can be quite daunting. While you may have started your graduate program with one career path in mind, you may now be leaning towards another. Whether it is by choice or because of the tightening academic market, many PhDs are exploring different options outside of the "traditional" career paths. It's never too early (or too late!) to learn more about the different options available, and exploring different career paths will help you make a more sound decision in whatever career you decide to do. Check out the following resources to help you do just that.
- SC 402: Science-Related Employment
- Attend seminars and events under the Career Exposure Seminars and Events page
- Go to drop-in and individual career counseling to work with someone on your career decisions one-on-one
Off campus resources:
NIH Career Symposium - held each year in May
Turning Your Science into a Company - two and a half day entrepreneurship workshop hosted by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Deadline to apply is August 20, 2015.
- My Individual Development Plan (myIDP) from Science Careers and the AAAS
- "Uncertain Futures" by Chris Woolston, Nature (2015)
- Penn State Career Services Career Guide
- "Thinking Outside the Lab: Finding a fulfilling non-research career" - webinar by AAAS (2014)
- "Starting up a career" by Trisha Gura, Science (2015)
- "2015 Career Handbook: The Employer Sourcebook for Scientists" from Science Careers and the AAAS
- "Career Trends: Exploring Careers Beyond the Bench" from Science Careers and the AAAS
- "Career Trends: Industry or Academia - Where do I fit in?" from Science Careers and the AAAS
- 8th Annual NIH Career Symposium Session Synopsis
- "STEM education: To build a scientist" from Nature (2015)
- "Feeling stuck" by Carrie Arnold, Science (2015)
- "Careers outside of academia richly rewarding for PhD physicists" from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) (2015)
- "Top 10 List of Alternative Careers for PhD Science Graduates" by Dr. Arunodoy Sur, The Cheeky Scientist (2015)
- College of Career Planning from Elsevier Publishing Campus
- "Cross-Train Your Graduate School Career" by Amy Rubens, GradHacker (2012)
- "First Time on the Market?" from the Chronicle for Higher Education (2015)
- "Graduate School is a Means to a Job" by Karen Kelsky, the Chronicle for Higher Education (2012)
- "Guide to Life Science Careers" by Dr. Karen Peterson, Nature (2014)
- MLA Career Resources
- Science Careers
- Versatile PhD
Join a student group focused on specific careers
- Center for Science Advocacy: the purpose of this group is to engage in community outreach and education to emphasize the importance of science research, to advocate for progressive science policy, and to explore career opportunities in science policy and advocacy. Please contact Stephanie Bora if you are interested in finding out more about the group or joining it.
- Strategy Club: this club is organized by a group of students interested in applying their scientific training to business, with a particular focus on consulting. Students in the group can get practical hands-on experience consulting for businesses.
- CMIID: in addition to facilitating collaboration of graduate students and post docs between different labs and fields, this group also has a focus on career development through writing and oral communication workshops and inviting PhD and non-PhD speakers from a variety of fields. Please contact Lindsay Snyder if you are interested in finding out more about the group or joining it.
- Do your own research on different career options
- Set up informational interviews with people in jobs or fields that interest you
- Do an internship in a field that interests you (see Internships)
- Read job postings for careers you are interested in to see the requirements
The BRIDGE resources: