There are a range of options for graduates in the biomedical field aside from “academia or industry.” However, figuring out which path is right for you, and how to get there, can be a challenge. The resources below will help you answer questions such as "What do I really care about/what problems do I want to solve?", "What parts of my current work do I enjoy the most? The least?"
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- Career Exploration Resources
- Learning and Training
- News and Job Boards
- University Affiliated
- Office of Academic Career Development (OACD)
- Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD)
- Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG)
- Fourth River Solutions (4RS)
- Pitt Science Policy Group (PSPG)
- Innovation Institute
- Big Idea Center
- Women in Bio (WIB)
- Pittsburgh Technology Council (Anyone with a Pitt email address is a member)
- Life Sciences PA (Anyone with a Pitt email address is a member)
- Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
- NIH's Biomedical Research Workforce Report
- Nature Index Rankings
- Monthly Updates from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
- Elements of Good Academic Advising Memo (from Office of the Provost)
- Cheeky Scientist
- Beyond the Professoriate
- Advice for a Young Investigator
Once you have a better idea about what direction you want to go in, we have two pieces of advice:
1. Develop relevant skillsets. Whatever career you decide to pursue, start developing the relevant skillset as early as possible—being a competitive job applicant isn’t just about doing good research (although your research should of course be your first priority). To explore and develop relevant skillsets, there are graduate student focused internship opportunities within Pitt!
- Science writing internship with UPMC media relations
- The Office of Graduate Studies and the BGSA have partnered with science writers from the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences media relations team to offer a new mentored writing program.
Applications for Fall 2021 are OPEN NOW - Deadline to Apply is September 10!
- Summer micro-internship program with Office of the Provost
In response to the growing trend of PhD graduates in higher education careers other than faculty positions, the Office of the Provost – Graduate Studies offered a micro-internship program in summer 2021. Updates for future opportunities will be posted here.
2. Network. There are a lot of highly qualified people applying for every job you’ll apply for. Networking is a gradual, and sometimes awkward process, but in the long run it will make your professional life easier. Having a personal connection to the position or company you’re interested in will help you stand out in a crowd, and a lot of times will be the deciding factor in whether you get hired over another, equally-qualified candidate.
Wherever you are in your career exploration journey, our office is here to help!