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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.

 

Featured Articles

Adapting to Change and Challenges during COVID-19

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This guest blog is by Anna Dailey, COL ’19

During my tenure at Penn, I was taught the importance of problem-solving in the face of complex challenges. Shortly after graduating in 2019, I moved New York City to start my …

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Interviewing: Answers for “Do You Have Any Questions for Us?”  During Covid-19

Interviewing: Answers for “Do You Have Any Questions for Us?”  During Covid-19

by Dr. Esther H. Ra

Often interviewees will forget that an interview is ultimately a two-way street.  As much as an employer is taking a deeper look at your skill sets and experience during an interview, as the interviewee, it …

By Esther Ra
Esther Ra Career Advisor, Nursing/Education/Social Work Esther Ra
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LIVE Q&A with Dr. Joseph Barber – 5/21 @ 5pm

Live career q&a session with doctor joseph barber will be held on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 5:00pm. The event will stream live at https://bit.ly/PennCSYouTube

Join us here at 5pm tonight for a live Q&A with Senior Associate Dr. Joseph Barber. He’ll take questions about the remote job search, virtual networking, shaping your resume and more!  If you want to ask a question, click through …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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Beyond Coronavirus: Adapting Penn’s 2020 PhD Career Exploration Fellowship in the face of a pandemic

Beyond Coronavirus: Adapting Penn’s 2020 PhD Career Exploration Fellowship in the face of a pandemic

The faint sound of an alarm permeates a vivid dream. It’s 5:27 am. I roll over, vaguely aware that I am no longer asleep. My eyes open, I groan internally before I step out of bed, a motion that marks …

By Katherine Webb
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Put One Foot in Front of the Other

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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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