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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

PhD Career Exploration Fellow Spotlight: Lauren Shaw (Hosted by Merck — Infectious Disease and Virology)

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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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A productive fall semester, wherever you are

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It’s all been said – how much we have experienced and how much is changing – and will continue to change – as we experience the global pandemic of SARS-CoV-19.  As the University stated just a few short hours ago, …

By Jamie Grant
Jamie Grant Senior Associate Director, Engineering Jamie Grant
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No Right or Wrong Next Step

No Right or Wrong Next Step

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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Learn a new skill before the Fall

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As summer internships and plans start to wind down, you could still have the perfect couple of weeks to learn a new skill before what will surely be a busy Fall semester. LinkedIn Learning is a great, free resource available …

By Natty Leach
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Introducing the Interview Career Guide for Graduate Students and Postdocs!

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The Grad Team at Career Services is happy to share our brand new Interview Career Guide for Graduate Students and Postdocs! Complementing our popular Informational Interview Career Guide, this new resource offers advice for anyone actively job searching and preparing …

By Helen Pho
Helen Pho Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs Helen Pho
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