Career Planning Resources

Career Planning Resources Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

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Resources for Master's Students Resources for PhD Students and Postdocs Humanities and Social Sciences Science, Mathematics and Engineering Multidisciplinary Resources for PhDs and Postdocs Campus Resources Additional Internet Resources Resources for Specific Populations/Affinity Groups International Students LGBT Students Students of Color Students with Disabilities

Master's Students

Arts & Sciences Medicine Criminology Environmental Studies/Applied Geosciences Fels Institute of Government  Organizational Dynamics Biostatistics Clinical Epidemiology Program Bioethics Public Health

PhD Students & Postdocs

Humanities and Social Sciences PhDs/Postdocs Science, Mathematics and Engineering PhDs/Postdocs

Academic Market and Job Search Resources Academic Job Search Handbook & Academic Job Market Resources offers a comprehensive overview and advice for pursuing faculty positions, including preparing job hunting materials, the application process, interviewing & negotiation, identifying opportunities, balancing work & life, and advice from faculty and professionals.

Expanded Careers for M.A.'s, ABD's, and Ph.D.'s

Careers for M.A.'s, ABD's, and Ph.D.'s in the Humanities and Social Sciences includes general information, articles, job hunting advice, discipline-specific career alternatives, and resources about a variety of fields.

Academic Market and Job Search Resources

Academic Job Search Handbook & Academic Job Market Resources offers information on applying for postdocs

Expanded Careers for M.S.'s, ABD's, and Ph.D.'s

The Expanded Job Market for Ph.D.'s including science policy, science/medical writing, patent law, finance and consulting. Non-academic career opportunities for Master's, ABD's and Ph.D.'s and resources on alternative careers in a variety of fields.

Discipline-Specific Resources and Job Banks (includes both academic and non-academic career information): American Economic Association - Forum for Archaeology employment, annoucements and news. Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) - provides information on career paths taken by PhDs from various disciplines. - A web community dedicated to philosophical thinking. Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance - the region's definitive source of employment opportunities in the arts and culture industry. H-Net Job Guide - Academic position announcements in History and the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition. LINGUIST List - Current job listings, as well as an extensive web site and a mailing list with over 25,000 subscribers worldwide Modern Language Association - Career resources from the MLA Resources for Graduate Students in Art History - A Newsletter of Fellowships and other Opportunities for Art History Graduate Students. Talk20 Philadelphia Chapter - A forum for the discussion of art, architecture and design.

Advice on Career Decision Making and Job Hunting

Interviews with Featured Alumni Advice from Fellow Graduate Students

Discipline-Specific Resources and Job Banks (includes both academic and non-academic career information, as well as internet resources for finding postdoctoral positions)

Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Foundation dedicated to advancing biomedical sciences through research support and educational activities GrantsNet - Index of national and international science research funding, scholarships, fellowships, and internships Job Banks for Scientists and Engineers - General web resources for job banks and staffing agencies, and more specific resources for life sciences and physical sciences/engineering Pathways to Science - A portal website supporting pathways to the STEM fields, as well as events and news items from STEM programs across the country Science Alliance - New York Academy of Science's career development resources Science Careers - Career resources for scientists interested in industry, academia, and government positions, including job openings, career advice articles, and a career forum Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - An "ever-expanding resource" for opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare

General Associations

Association for Women in Science National Academy of Sciences National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals National Postdoctoral Association Women in Technology International

Advice on Career Decision Making and Job Hunting

Career Questions for Scientists Advice from Fellow Graduate Students Advice from Fellow Postdocs "Managing Your Relationship with Your Supervisor" PowerPoint presentation by Brianna Blaser, Ph.D. Project Director of Outreach, Science Careers, AAAS - August, 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania Tooling Up: Managing your Advisor article in Science Careers  [Top]

Multidisciplinary Resources

Career Planning Timeline for Penn Doctoral Students Additional career-related resources on campus. Careers in the Federal Government Make an Impact: Career Services resources for federal career exploration and networking. Careers in International Organizations Doctoral Students in the Early Stages of their Programs Resources include advice on achieving success, advice on dissertation, resources at Penn and other online resources. Hire Yourself: Become an Independent Practitioner or Consultant A Guide for Graduate Student and Postdocs Interviews with Featured Alumni To see all videos, visit the Career Services Graduate/Postdoc channel on Vimeo.

Campus Resources

Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture & Communication Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs Biomedical Graduate Student Association Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Center for Teaching and Learning Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society Graduate Humanities Forum Graduate Student Center The Kelly Writers House Penn Biotech Group, programs and consulting opportunities PGWISE " Penn Graduate Women in Science and Engineering SasGov


Internet Resources

Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate - Initiative that examines various aspects of doctoral education and helps interested departments restructure their programs in order to improve graduates chances for employment. The Chronicle of Higher Education - The Chronicle features articles on teaching, research, administration, and student life. The online version includes an extensive job bank. Council of Graduate Schools - A national organization dedicated to promoting graduate education and research. Their website features many interesting students of graduate education on a national level. Harvard University's Office of Career Services resource pages for the academic job search provide some additional information on how to think strategically about applying for academic jobs. The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - Advancing the efforts of their member institutions to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and to assist dual career couples. Index of American Universities - A comprehensive list of university homepages. National Coalition of Independent Scholars - The National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS) was formed to facilitate the work of independent scholars. They have a wonderful list of resources for anyone interested in continuing a research program without institutional affiliation. National Postdoc Association - A resource for graduate students thinking about and looking for postdoc opportunities, and for current postdocs seeking information on professional development, dealing with conflict, benefits, additional postdoc opportunities, visa issues, and more. Scholarly Societies Project - A comprehensive listing of international scholarly societies. Conference Alert - Listings of academic conferences around the globe (many, but not all disciplines are represented)