With a Ph.D. in the life sciences, there are an abundance of career possibilities. No matter what career path you choose, there are a number of skills you can master to leverage your expertise and help build your personal brand. Below are some resources to help you do just that.
- Take part in the Graduate Student Assessment System designed to further develop interpersonal skills, including: making decisions & initiating action, supporting & cooperating, presenting & communicating information, planning & organizing, adapting to & coping with pressure, and achieving goals & objectives. Contact Jeffrey Lovelace for more information.
- ENTR 504: Essentials of Business Planning
- Attend seminars and events under the Career Exposure Seminars and Events page
- My Individual Development Plan (myIDP) from Science Careers and the AAAS
- Penn State Career Services Career Guide
- "We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training." by Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes, The Washington Post (2015)
- Self-Assessment system through SciPhD (free to those who attend a workshop)
- "Work experience: Stepping stones" by Amanda Mascarelli, Nature (2012)
- "10 Ways to Perfect Your Personal Brand" by Laura McMullen, U.S. News & World Report (2015)
- "5 Ways to Gain Valuable Skills Outside of your Academic Training" by Ryan Raver, The Grad Student Way (2013)
- "Orienteering for Industry: How to study up, stand out, and get a job" - a special publication from AAAS
- 80,000 Hours: online career advising service
- Talk with your adviser and other mentors to gather feedback on your strengths and weaknesses in different areas
- Go to professional development seminars when you attend conferences