This Science article discusses the emerging field of career development for doctorates in STEM. As STEM grad students and postdocs consider their career prospects, they may realize their greatest passion to be helping other Ph.D.s find impactful careers. The article discusses recent growth in formal institutional administrative divisions, such as postdoc affairs offices, where Ph.D.-trained professionals may find opportunities in career development.
The article features insights from Ph.D.s who have successfully pursued their passion in career development. They draw parallels between their research training and their varied professional responsibilities. For example, proposal development and data collection prove similar to event planning, communications, fundraising, and more. They also discuss the gratification of remaining a part of the scientific enterprise and influencing future scientists.