Career Exploration Resources

Many students and postdocs begin their programs expressing a desire to become a tenure-track faculty member at a research-intensive university; however, the data show that career interests change over time.  According to the American Society of Cell Biology (ascb) less than 10% of entering Ph.D. students will end up in this career. With this in mind, it is important to begin career exploration early. DBBS and other campus groups offer a variety of career talks and opportunities to network with scientists in diverse fields. The following resources can also help you explore careers for scientists that might be of interest. For more in-depth information about science careers, see the Science Career Paths page. 
 

In this article for The American Society for Cell Biology, Sara Volk de Garcia, Ph.D., offers suggestions to current graduate students for career exploration and transitioning into the workforce.

Science Careers Career Handbooks
Science Careers has teamed up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in many different fields

The Versatile PhD Career Finder
Information on a variety of non-academic careers for STEM Ph.D.s.

NIH OITE Careers Blog
A snapshot of different career paths, published by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education.

What Do I Want to Be with My PhD? The Roles of Personal Values and Structural Dynamics in Shaping the Career Interests of Recent Biomedical Science PhD Graduates
A research article examining the role of personal values in career selection for biomedical Ph.D.s, published in CBE - Life Sciences Education.

Tips for Informational Interviews
A video on how to use informational interviews to explore careers and build a professional network, published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

APA's IDP - Informational Interviews
A video on tips for arranging and conducting informational interviews to learn more about career paths, published by the American Psychological Association.  

What Are My Transferrable Skills?
A blog post on the skills that transfer from academia to non-academic careers, published by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Research.

iBiology Young Scientist Survival Kit
A curated collection of videos offering invaluable advice on your career and professional development, published by iBiology.

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