Current information and updates about Careers Beyond Academia
Please read about the expanded focus of Careers Beyond Academia and the transition of BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) from a STEM focused initiative to a campus-wide initiative across all disciplines.
Careers Beyond Academia holds events and shares opportunities for PhDs and postdocs in all disciplines to explore possibilities for informed career choices and develop skills through hands-on training for future success.
During the past year, our unit grew out of a five year NIH-funded project known as Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST). Now within the Graduate School, Susi Varvayanis, Executive Director and Denise DiRienzo, Experiential Director have broadened the focus to give PhD students and postdocs in all disciplines the the chance to test drive specific aspects of various careers through flexible, experiential, and empowering opportunities.
PhD students and postdocs attend our programming, join small group or individual consultations for their career and professional development, job shadow, or receive guidance to create their own activities. We’ve already had a 10% increase in participation from humanities and social sciences fields.
Many faculty are supportive of career exploration so their protégé(e)s can make informed choices. However, it is not necessary that you also become experts in professional development nor might you have contacts in every field of work. That’s where we come in, to provide training, resources and referrals to graduate students and postdocs in any discipline. We are happy to present on professional development and career opportunities tailored to your department/college in a seminar series or symposium, at recruitment events or at a faculty meeting. We are happy to partner with organizers to identify speakers from outside of academia. Schedule us for the new year. Faculty grants available.