PhDs & Postdocs

What can I do with a PhD?

A lot, depending on what you want! Although many PhDs enter academic careers, many more have pursued a range of fulfilling and meaningful careers beyond academia. Whether you’re preparing for a faculty position or looking to find what other career options are out there, it’s important to spend time to understand yourself, your values, and what skills and interests you have before diving into a job search. After all, you want to make sure that whatever job or career you pursue will be one that you find satisfying, rewarding, and challenging!

Having the skills and confidence to navigate all aspects of your job search successfully is essential for your career development. Career Services is here to support you throughout this process, from helping you present yourself well both on paper and in person to potential employers to equipping you with the knowledge and strategies to help you land your job offer. We advise PhD students and postdocs to follow a 4-step career exploration and planning process to help them find a meaningful career. Click on the steps below to get started.

 

Growing to Appreciate Trial & Error in STEM

Anisa Robinson, COL ’25, Jersey City, NJ

In my junior year of high school, I finally got to experience the practicalities of my passion: biological research. It was my first time in a certified lab, so I didn’t know what …

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3 Essential Differences Between a Resume and a LinkedIn Profile

You’ve likely heard that your resume and LinkedIn profile should mimic each other.

For instance, the position titles and years you held them should be the same on both mediums. If they don’t correspond, employers will wonder if you’re hiding …

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Advancing Equity and Opportunity at the White House

Navraj Singh, COL ’24, Fredericksburg, VA

This summer, I completed an internship with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI). In this role, I had the opportunity to support the Biden administration in advancing …

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Quantitative analysis, social norms, and policy-making – Researching to combat dissonance in Argentine public debate.

Ian Mijael Zhang, COL ’25, Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Has the Argentine public sector’s size gone out of control in the last two decades? Is Argentina heading to a labor market dominated by public employment? It sure seems …

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How to Build Confidence at Work, According to Experts

At one point or another in our professional lives, we’re likely to face moments of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. As a result, we may feel at a loss for how to build our confidence. Gen Z’ers are even more likely …

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