Individual Career Advising
One-on-one career advising is available to postdocs. With individual advising, we can help you do the following:
- Explore career options.
- Define career goals.
- Develop a plan for development of professional skills.
- Develop effective job application documents.
- Prepare for job interviews.
To set up an appointment for career advising, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Career Discovery and Development
Postdocs are welcome to attend:
If you have questions about the availability of additional services, please email email@example.com.
Exploring Career Options Online
- Career Options for Ph.D.s (online resources from the National Postdoctoral Association)
- Tip Sheets (job search tips from the Columbia University Center for Career Education)
Videos on Career Options
- Beyond the Lab. Curious about what biomedical Ph.D.s do for their career? In the “Beyond the Lab” video series, the BRET Office of Career Development interviews Vanderbilt Ph.D. and postdoctoral alumni about their career path. Click on the links below to learn more about career options for scientists. Interviews will be added each month as the videos are produced.
- DukePostdocServices YouTube. Videos on career options for humanities and social scientists, as well as STEM fields.
- NIH OITE Videos. More than 12 videos on career options for biomedical scientists from the Office of Intramural Training and Education at the National Institutes of Health
Choosing a Career Path
- Use Self Assessment Tools (to consider your skills, interests, values, and career fit)
- Who Should I Work For? (quiz from Dougsguides determines your work personality and suggests what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style)
- It Pays To Plan: Why You Need a Career Map (article by Carol Milano for Science Careers)
- Conduct informational interviews.
- Talk with trusted advisors, colleagues, family, and/or friends about career options and fit.