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 transferable 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.  We developed a visual that we use in counseling appointments to help PhDs get ‘unstuck’ in the career exploration process. Click here to check out the workshop slides.

photo credit: Paul Harrop via Wikimedia Commons