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.
- 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)
- Learn-to-Lead (NIGMS T32GM008076)
- All graduate groups actively recruit alumni pursuing diverse kinds of careers to provide talks year-round to their students.
- Penn Pathfinders is an NSF-funded program designed to prepare doctoral students in biomedical science and bioengineering to make informed decisions about career paths. Its objectives are to foster awareness of opportunities and personal strengths, longitudinal mentoring, and enacting professional development plans.
- Annual Biomedical Career Fair
- Walk-in Wednesdays at BGS
- 12:00-2:00 p.m. in BRB 160
- 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
These 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 the Certificate Program in Translational Research, the School of Law’s Certificate Program in Law, the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Certificate Program in Teaching, and Wharton School’s Certificate Program in Business Foundations.
- Closely aligned with the concept of certificate programs is PCI’s Fellows program, which introduces students to emerging technologies and commercialization opportunities in science.
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.
Student-Organized Groups with Career-Development Activities
- Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society (EEJust)
- Penn Biotech Group Healthcare Consulting
- 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
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.