Careers Beyond Academia
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! Take a look at the Career Forward Sprint Syllabus for more detailed information about the Sprint experience.
If you have questions or want to reserve your spot, please email email@example.com(link sends e-mail). A new cohort begins the first Monday of every month.
Recordings of Past Events
The Graduate Center supports postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in their career endeavors, with a focus on the transition to industry, government, business, and non-profit employment sectors. The main contact at the Graduate Center is Shawn Nordell. Support includes identifying opportunities, conducting searches, networking, drafting application materials, and interviewing. You can schedule a 1:1 career advising appointment by emailing gradcenter@email.
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.
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: