Career Exploration

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).