Websites for Career Exploration
- NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education
This is a fantastic site that provides videos of its (many) career-, skills-, and survival-related workshops and provides as well carefully selected links to other related resources. OITE offers an annual NIH Career Symposium every spring that’s attended by hundreds of students and postdocs.
- Science Careers
AAAS, through its Science Careers webpage – and especially the section ‘Career Articles’ – has provided for many years overviews of various types of careers that scientists pursue, and interviews with those who have chosen those careers.
- Society for Neuroscience Career Tools and Resources
The Society for Neuroscience has taken the lead among scientific societies in providing information and advice on career paths and professional development in general. Resources include many detailed webinars.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
- The New York Academy of Sciences
To support individuals’ professional and career development, the Perelman School of Medicine will sponsor interested students, postdocs, faculty and staff for complimentary 1-year Membership to one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific organizations in the United States – the New York Academy of Sciences. Academy members will benefit from free/discounted access to cutting edge content, career readiness training, and networking/resume building opportunities.
- BGS Career Development: Careers
This site provides a list of approximately two dozen careers that BGS graduates pursue and, for each career, an overview, a discussion of advantages provided by an advanced degree, a summary of key competencies and first steps, and listings of relevant on-campus student organizations, alumni, and additional resources.
BGS Graduate Group or Training-Specific Career Exploration Venues
- GLIA (Graduate-Led Initiatives and Activities; Neuroscience)
- IgA (Graduate-Led Initiatives and Activities; Immunology)
- All graduate groups actively recruit alumni pursuing diverse kinds of careers to provide talks year-round to their students.
Resources Provided by Penn’s Career Services
- Annual Biomedical Career Fair
- Phone “Drop-Ins” with Penn Career Services
- Various Workshops and Panel Sessions
- One-on-One Advising
- Among a variety of on-line resources:
- Job Postings on Listserves
Career Services has a well-organized set of career-related information for those in predoctoral training and provides, through this and especially one-on-one advising, a thorough, well-grounded approach to career exploration. The Versatile PhD provides archived career panel discussions and career narratives of PhDs exploring commonly travelled non-faculty paths. Carpe Careers provides career advice via posts from PhD student/postdoc career advisors. Handshake is a student/employer engagement platform.
Certificate Program Options Organized for BGS Students
- Environmental Health Sciences Certificate
- Graduate Training in Medical Science Certificate Program
- Public Health Certificate Program
Listed above are the certificate programs formally endorsed by BGS. Other certificate programs exist within the Perelman School of Medicine and elsewhere within the University.
- For example:
Also of note are the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Certificate Program in Teaching and Wharton School’s Certificate Program in Business Foundations.
Students interested in a certificate program should review Policies Governing Participation of BGS Students in Certificate Programs. Authorization is required through the form Authorization to Participate in a Certificate Program. Both documents are available here: https://www.med.upenn.edu/bgs/cert-progs.html
Penn Center for Innovation Fellowships
- Closely aligned with the concept of certificate programs is PCI’s Fellows program, which introduces students to emerging technologies and commercialization opportunities in science.
- CTL Teaching Certificate
- CTL Mini-Courses
- PennPort Program for Postdocs
- Various TA opportunities
Almost all of the above-listed programs or opportunities are linked to substantive teaching activities. TAs are recruited for BGS’s BIOM courses, for example BIOM 600 (Cell Biology and Biochemistry). BGS students also avail themselves of opportunities within the School of Arts and Sciences.
Courses for Additional Skills
- Penn Courses: Individual courses throughout the University with permission
BGS students are permitted to take courses virtually anywhere within the University with permission from graduate group chairs and the BGS Director.
Extramural Activities Relevant to Career Exploration: Meetings, Externships, and Internships
- Predoctoral training provided through BGS creates the opportunity for highly productive careers in science, technology, and medicine. A student’s decision as to what kind of career best fits him or her is ideally integrated with the process of training itself. Career-related meetings, externships (e.g., shadowing), and internships can be especially valuable in this regard.
Student-Organized Groups with Career-Development Activities
- Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society (EEJust)
- Penn Biotech Group Healthcare Consulting
- Penn Bio Launch (PBL)
- Penn Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (PGWISE)
- Penn Science Policy & Diplomacy Group
- Penn Graduate Consulting Group
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- NGG GLIA
- IGG IgA
All of the above-listed groups have strong affiliations with BGS. There exist many other student groups at Penn that have career development activities (see http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/osa/clubs.html).
Individual Development Plans
These represent two different approaches to training and development through the medium of self-reflection and input. The BGS IDPs emphasize the link between training and professional development, and how the consideration of a career is an evolving process. MyIDP provides an algorithm to career decisions based on skills, interests, and values.
Career Development Calendar and Blog
This site has a calendaring function that pulls into a central location scheduling information for all on-campus activities relevant to skills development and career exploration for BGS students. It provides as well a blog for announcements of activities elsewhere and other forms of relevant and otherwise timely information. This site is actively curated.