Career Planning - Career Exploration

Self-Assessment     |     Career Exploration     |     Job Search Resources

To learn more about your area of research, you read articles and communicate with colleagues and collaborators. To learn more about your career options, the same methods apply - read and speak to others.

Read About Careers

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs curates a lending library of electronic and print career-related books, many focused on specific career paths. Additionally, the online myIDP tool from Science Careers contains a comprehensive library of articles dedicated to specific careers.

Visit the Career Resource Library page.
Create an myIDP account.

Conduct Informational Interviews

Only so much information can be garnered from a book or job description. To learn more, conduct an informational interview - an informal conversation with a person who are already successful in a career that interest you, and who can provide firsthand information.

Learn more about requesting and conducting an informational interview.

Attend Career Exploration Panels

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs organizes a bimonthly career panel discussion called Careers in... Each session is dedicated to one of the many career paths you can take with a Ph.D. Learn from professionals currently working in a featured career and gain insight into how to leverage your education and skills to apply for and land similar positions.

View upcoming sessions on the Training Courses & Workshops page (coming soon).