OCPD counselors have noted that many graduate students and postdocs get ‘stuck’ when exploring the wide range of career options available to PhDs, because they lack a foundational understanding of precisely what it means to ‘explore careers’. So, they read pithy articles or first person narratives that encourage activities like ‘identify transferrable skills’ and ‘conduct informational interviews’, and feel lost.
Those resources, while useful, often fail to give a full picture what actions, skills and knowledge one needs to take and learn to engage in the process of exploring careers. Today, over at the UCSF OCPD site, look at an instrument I developed that we use in counseling appointments to help PhDs get ‘unstuck’ in the career exploration process. Check it out here.