Biomedical training is rewarding, but it can be a long road to success. Embarking on graduate school and potentially pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship is part of a broader plan for success in future careers.
Traditionally , PhD and postdoctoral scientists focus on
- Perfecting the application of the scientific method
- Learning effective oral and written communication skills
- Securing federal and private grant funding
- Communicating and networking with other scientists
- Developing proficiency in discipline-dependent technical skills
However, as the numbers of PhD-level scientists and job competition increase, it is important for PhD and postdoctoral scientists to focus on career exploration and planning and become aware of additional skills obtained during their biomedical education and training. Scientists must ask “What other skill development does my PhD and postdoctoral training provide, and how do these skills prepare me for various career options?”