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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

5 Books to Help You Think (and Talk) About Race

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For many people, the most recent protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement have sparked a desire to better understand racism—and ways to fight it—in the U.S. You may wish to deepen your understanding by reading books on the …

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni - Idealist Careers
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More Than One Way to Meet Career Goals

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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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PhD Career Exploration Fellow Spotlight: Meghan Hall (Hosted by Alice Paul Center/Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Penn)

PhD Career Exploration Fellow Spotlight: Meghan Hall (Hosted by Alice Paul Center/Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Penn)

In the spring of 2020, 36 PhD students from a range of academic disciplines at Penn participated in Career Services’ PhD Career Exploration Fellowship (CEF) program, where they were matched with a host organization in Philadelphia to learn about different …

By Helen Pho
Helen Pho Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs Helen Pho
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Resume Memes to Brighten Your Day

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Can you believe that it’s already the end of July? I know, I can’t either. As it gets closer to the start of the Fall 2020 semester, and the idea of what the semester will actually look like has you …

By Kevin Haines
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Biscuits & Radical Poetry – self-care advice for PhDs

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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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