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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.

 

Call for Applications: the 2021 PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) Program!

Call for Applications: the 2021 PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) Program!

The Grad Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Team is excited to announce the opening of applications for the 2021 PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) Program! Fully virtual this year, the CEF program allows current doctoral students at Penn to explore careers beyond the …

By Helen Pho
Helen Pho Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs Helen Pho
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Job Seeker, Change Agent

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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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Living with Chronic Illness or Disability | Know Your Strengths

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The job search is already an anxiety-inducing endeavor, but it can also be demoralizing when you live with chronic illness or disability. You may be unsure of whether or not to disclose your health status from the get-go and, if …

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni - Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers | Helping you land, love, and grow in your social-impact career. And visit Idealist.org explore thousands of great jobs and social-impact organizations near you.
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CS Radio – Episode 123: “Let’s Talk About Everything with Keerthi Jayaraman”

CS Radio - Episode 123:

J. Michael and A. Mylene are joined by Keerthi Jayaraman to talk all things podcast. Keerthi offers tips and tricks and discusses the success of her own podcast, Let’s Talk.

Show Notes:

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Our theme music is “The …

By Michael DeAngelis
Michael DeAngelis Senior Digital Resources Manager Michael DeAngelis
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Goodbye to Fall 2020 (and hello to 2021!)

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It’s been a long semester of remote classes, Zoom meetings, an ongoing pandemic, a disputed election, and continued social unrest.  Everyone I know is tired and in dire need of a break, and I’m entirely confident that this holds true …

By Barbara Hewitt
Barbara Hewitt Executive Director Barbara Hewitt
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