Some PhD students and postdocs have not disclosed to their advisors/PIs their interest in a non-academic career. Career Centers need to think about how to serve trainees who might not want to be tracked at the latest high profile program or on a career office’s social media streams. Here’s what our office our office does to support them.
Career counselors in our office have noted that many graduate students and postdocs repeatedly 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. Check out an instrument I developed that we use in counseling appointments to help PhDs get ‘unstuck’ in the career exploration process.
A few years ago, right before Thanksgiving, a student came in for a counseling appointment. Since she wasn’t sure that she wanted to continue on a career path in the biomedical sciences, she was dreading of the coming conversations about school. Talking to people abut our career path – or deflecting those conversations – can be a tricky thing. I have six strategies to handle conversations about your career over the holidays.
The first thing you should know about mentors is that you don’t need one – you need five of them. Why? Because it’s almost impossible for anyone to find a single person who can offer the full range of mentorship that every professional typically needs to succeed.Here are the five types of support that define well-rounded mentorship.