Careers Beyond Academia
Check out the list of events organized the Postdoctoral Affairs that focused on a series of topics related to careers beyond academia:
SmartSkills is a free, virtual course for postdocs who are members* of the NPA. Monthly classes are taught by experts and focus on building skills critical to career and personal success.
All UArizona postdocs are already affiliated members of NPA, so sign in and participate in the events for free!
Career Forward Sprint: Beyond the Academy
1-Month Cohort D2L Program
For postdoctoral scholars thinking about careers outside the academy. This free, fully online (D2L) program teaches strategies to help you successfully navigate your career beyond the academy while presenting your most professional self. The 1-month cohort experience covers:
1) Career research and discovery
2) Building your network and your professional self
3) Developing your application materials
4) Preparing for and practicing interviews
In typical Sprint fashion, recommended daily tasks help ensure you keep moving forward!
Beyond the Lab Series
In the “Beyond the Lab” series, the ASPIRE Program interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path. Season 5 will launch in Fall 2021, with new episodes each Tuesday. To subscribe, find it on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, or the web.
NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) - Workshops
Work on your Skills and Training
- A Toolkit of Transferable Skills for Postdocs
- NIH Guide to Resumes & Curricula Vitae
- NIH Guide to Cover Letters
- Beyond the Professoriate
- Beyond the Lab Series
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
- Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
- and many more through Microsoft, LinkedIn Learning, etc.
Join an Organization
Take the opportunity to join local and national organization and societies that can support your career development outside academia. By joining these organizations, you will be gaining numerous possibilities to network, have access to various recourses, and eventually get your dream job!
Create a strong self-identification and profile
Brand yourself by creating effective communication skills and self-identification strategies. It is also important to work on your online profile and your presence in all kinds of interpersonal activities.
Online Platforms to build your online profile: