Careers - General Resources
The information on this page is meant to serve as starting point for students who are exploring career options in academia and beyond. Many of the listed organizations and publications are intended specifically for students. Information will be updated regularly; please contact Karen Harmin (karen_harmin [at] hms.harvard.edu) to suggest an update. In addition, students are encouraged to get in touch with the contact people associated with each of the career areas in the DMS "Paths Program."
Resources for academic and non-academic career paths. Regular workshops, seminars, and mock job interviews. Also offers counseling, alumni networks, and self-assessment tools. Hosts a job database.
Office of Career Services email subscription service for non-academic jobs and training opportunities.
Office of Career Services email subscription service for academic jobs and training opportunities.
Sponsors periodic workshops in professional development, as well as meet-the-faculty events. Past topics include: careers in venture capital and intellectual property, careers in scientific editing, careers in science policy, careers in biotech, academic vs nonacademic careers, public speaking skills, interviewing skills, and networking etiquette. Both female and male students are welcome.
The Boston chapter of a national organization dedicated to women in science. Sponsors regular events on professional development. Past topics include: how to land a position in a tough economy, effective scientific communication, scientific project management, team-building, negotiation, science policy, and scientific careers in industry. The overall focus of the group is on academic science, but attention is also paid to non-academic career options.
Sponsors regular lunches with DMS alumni working in various careers like biotech or science journalism. Also sponsors regular lunches with HMS faculty.
These 2-day courses have sometimes included topics relevant to professional skill building. Past topics include "Science Writing and Editing" and "Science Presentation as a Performing Art".
A database of DMS alumni who have consented to be listed on the website. The listing for each alumnus includes an email address and information on their current position.
A webinar produced by Science magazine (Science Careers). A roundtable discussion that will look at facts and fiction surrounding academic and industry career options for PhD-level scientists. Get some nuts and bolts advice on how to research career options, what questions to ask, and how to best prepare for various careers.
This booklet can help you use communication skills, collaborating, informational interviews, and online social networking sites to guide you through your career. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
A booklet of career advice on topics including choosing a career path, effective networking, getting the most from a career fair, marketing yourself to potential employers and acing your job interview. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
A booklet focusing on careers that scientists can pursue outside of research and the skills you will need to develop in order to succeed in nonresearch careers. Examples include technology specialists, patent attorneys, and policy advisers. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
Features regular topical news stories on science careers, both academic and non-academic. Produced by Science magazine (Science Careers).
What's Ahead in Careers in
You are getting your Ph.D. in neuroscience -- what's next? SfN President Carol Mason (and co-director of the Columbia Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience) offers perspectives on a wide range of career options.
Tools and resources for job-hunting and career exploration related to neuroscience, sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience.
NeurOnline: Careers Outside
An online discussion forum sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience.
You must be an SfN member to log on; ask your PI for help if you are not.
From Science magazine's ScienceCareers section. Strategies for building "soft skills" like networking, leadership, management, and administration.