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.

 

Featured Articles

Articulating Adaptability

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Check out this post from the Carpe Careers blog published on the Inside Higher Ed website – written by PhD/postdoc career advisors for PhD students and postdocs:

By Joseph Barber
Joseph Barber Senior Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs Joseph Barber
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CS Radio – Episode 96: “Don’t (Just) Say YES”

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Have a job offer? AMAZING! But don’t feel you need to accept on the spot. This week, we take a look at the art of negotiating. Michael and Mylene draw on examples from their own experiences, as well as some …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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Fall Break

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Happy fall break to one and all! We hope you are enjoying some well deserved down time! If you are still on campus, know that Career Services is open throughout break with regular appointment and walk-in hours.  (Peer Career Adviser …

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CS Radio – Episode 95: “Best Interview Questions”

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First Round Review recently ran article polling CEOs and Hiring Managers about what their favorite interview questions are and it really sparked with Michael and Mylene. They share some of what they think the best interview questions are and what …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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Your Advisor, Your Ally

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Check out this post from the Carpe Careers blog published on the Inside Higher Ed website – written by PhD/postdoc career advisors for PhD students and postdocs:

By Joseph Barber
Joseph Barber Senior Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs Joseph Barber
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Career Resources

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Email careerservices@vpul.upenn.edu
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