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

How to harness the stress of job interviews and negotiation to your advantage

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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 104: “Self-Evaluation: What Not Why”

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It’s the last episode of 2019! Before the holiday break, is it time to do a quick check-in with yourself? Michael and Mylene take a dive into a recent New York Times article about when you should be considering a …

By Michael DeAngelis
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How one common phrase often used by PhDs can undermine your job search

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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 103: “7 Things To Do Before College is Over”

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Have an adventure. Find your “five.” Learn a new skill. What are the seven things you should do before you leave college? Michael and Mylene discuss and debate advice from Penn alumna Liz Wessell, founder of WayUp.

Enjoy!

Show Notes:

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

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Career Services will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday, November 27th until 9am on Monday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  If you are celebrating, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and that everyone has a restful …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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