As a Ph.D. student or postdoctoral scientist, you have to focus on your research while also planning for your future career. Many of you are lucky enough to have career centers at your institution that help you prepare. Never underestimate the value these services offer.
For those of you who are trying to navigate the career decision field at an institution without a career center, just remember, you don’t have to go at it alone. There are numerous online resources available. You could be a pioneer at your institution and start a grassroots movement; these are becoming more common as graduate students and postdocs realize the value of career exploration.
“Programs like BEST offer students and postdocs additional insight into other viable career options and help them to identify and cultivate transferable skills, the significance of which is often overlooked. It also turns the abstract “someday” into something real. It forces busy scientists to take the amorphous “future plans” off of the back burner (in a lab environment where it is often difficult to plan beyond the next experiment, committee meeting, or grant deadline) and thrusts it into the forefront.”
-Lauren Tanabe, Ph.D., recent Postdoctoral Fellow at Wayne State University