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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.

 

Career Resources for LGBTQ+ Students & Alumni

Even though Pride Month may be coming to a close, Career Services is always here to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGTBQ+) students and alumni navigate their own professional development and the job search. You may find that …

By Jillian Cener
Jillian Cener Associate Director, Engineering
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PhD Career Exploration Fellow Spotlight: Alice Dallstream (Hosted by Merck – Global Digital Analytics and Technologies)

In the spring of 2022, 34 PhD students from a range of academic disciplines at Penn participated virtually in Career Services’ PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) program, where they were matched with a host organization to learn about different careers …

By Jacob Myers
Jacob Myers 2021-2022 PhD Professional Development Fellow, Career Exploration Fellowship Program
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PhD Career Exploration Fellow Spotlight: Kevin Trigani (Hosted by Merck – Corporate Strategy)

In the spring of 2022, 34 PhD students from a range of academic disciplines at Penn participated virtually in Career Services’ PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) program, where they were matched with a host organization to learn about different careers …

By Jacob Myers
Jacob Myers 2021-2022 PhD Professional Development Fellow, Career Exploration Fellowship Program
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PhD Career Exploration Fellow Spotlight: Brittany MacTaggart (Hosted by Aspen Institute)

In the spring of 2022, 34 PhD students from a range of academic disciplines at Penn participated virtually in Career Services’ PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) program, where they were matched with a host organization to learn about different careers …

By Jacob Myers
Jacob Myers 2021-2022 PhD Professional Development Fellow, Career Exploration Fellowship Program
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The (Positive!) Long Term Effects of Mentoring

I stumbled across this article in the Washington Post a few weeks ago, and was instantly struck by how a small act of mentoring can so greatly impact someone in the long term.  To summarize, Rebecca Varney was a bug …

By Dianne Hull
Dianne Hull Senior Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs
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