Resources

The websites below explore various career prospects for doctoral graduates that may be useful to both faculty and students. Follow the WSU Graduate School on Twitter for job postings from BEST.

Versatile PhD

This site, which currently has a community of over 75,000 active members, is devoted to helping doctoral students explore nonacademic careers. It offers free content to anyone who registers, and premium content to any student whose institution has a subscription (Wayne State is a subscriber). The site is divided into a STEM side and a humanities/social sciences side, each of which includes examples of resumes by Ph.D.s who were hired for specific positions and "Career Autobiographies" of former academics who have found success in a new field. For those interested in face-to-face exchanges, there are member meet-ups in cities all over the country. Join the Facebook page for Detroit for the latest information and to connect with other individuals interested in pursuing careers outside of the academy.

PhD Career Guide

Endeavors to provide the information necessary to decide which career path would be most rewarding, given a student's particular set of professional interests and career goals.

Branching Points

A collection of resources based on dozens of informational interviews designed to give science graduate students ideas for non-academic careers.

Iron String - Sellout

This site explores various questions such as "What is it like working outside academe?" and "How should one be prepared?" and more.

USAJobs.gov

A free web-based job board and the federal government's official source. USA Jobs has a variety of resources, including customized job alerts, search tips and tutorials to help you find the right federal job for you.

PMF.gov

Since 1977, the PMF program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting federal opportunities. It is a great leadership training ground, where you will have the opportunity to jump-start your career, whatever it is you envision it to be.

HERC

Offers the largest database of higher education and related jobs in the world. It is a non-profit consortium of over 600 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations.

Intern In Michigan

Intern In Michigan is a statewide initiative that instantly connects employers and internship seekers. This system is free to users and makes connections by analyzing both the specific job requirements and the individual skills and interests of the candidates. Based on this data, Intern in Michigan instantly connects employers with candidates through an unbiased, correlated matching system.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is your launchpad for new jobs, careers and talent. It is an online marketplace connecting Michigan's job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan's workforce. Pure Michigan Talent Connect serves as the state's labor exchange system.

MichBio

This is the major biomedical and life sciences industry organization in Michigan. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MichBio serves as an advocate for the state's bio-industry at the regional and federal levels. It also provides a portfolio of resources, services and products to its member organizations, including Wayne State University. MichBio is the leader in bioscience industry education in Michigan and offers monthly networking events as well as BioConnections, a Career Center for both employers and job seekers, on its site.

Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan (GTRI)

Founded in 2011 by Global Detroit and a consortium of 7 Michigan universities, the University Research Corridor, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, GTRI seeks to strengthen the state's economy by offering programs and strategies to help retain skilled international talent. GTRI assists students and professionals (especially in the STEM disciplines) who are new to the US navigate work authorization regulations, employment searches, and cultural differences as they seek to establish fulfilling careers in the state. It also cultivates relationships with Michigan employers to increase understanding about the competitive economic advantage of hiring international students.

ScienceCareers.org 

A website dedicated to being the world leader in matching qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia and government. This is a resource sponsored and supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). 

My IDP

A career assessment tool for a Ph.D. in the life sciences. 

National Research Mentoring Network

A nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. The goal of the National Research Mentoring Network is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce.

Cheeky Scientist

This site is geared towards doctoral trainees and postdocs in STEM disciplines who wish to transition to a career in business and industry. You can sign up to become a CS Insider for free or you can pay a fee to join the CS Association, which boasts an extensive support network of professionals who can help you to develop the strategy and skills necessary to get noticed by recruiters and land that dream job. The membership will give you access to the exclusive "CS Training Dashboard" and content not available on the main site. This includes a personalized training plan and transition map that helps you to identify the best jobs to apply for given your unique skills and background.

Each week, Cheeky Scientist posts the best transition-to-industry articles published around the web, and the site also offers many blog entries written by Ph.D.s that offer concrete advice on topics such as what makes a successful resume and job interview and how to network. There is a helpful "Success Stories" section.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This is the major scientific and educational organization in the US devoted to advancing research and training in biochemistry and molecular biology. It publishes journals in the field, organizes an annual meeting, advocates for funding of basic research, supports science education, and promotes diversity in individuals who seek employment in the scientific workforce. Its website has detailed information about careers, with a job board, blog, and professional development opportunities such as webinars, workshops, video tutorials, and how-to guides on a range of topics useful to those exploring either academic or nonacademic career paths.

SciPhD

This organization specializes in on-site training activities for doctoral trainees and postdoctoral scientists who want to transition from academia to nonacademic careers. Workshops, bootcamps, and certificate programs are designed to offer attendees the resources and training to help them identify and develop skills in communication, leadership, negotiation, team building, networking, and project management. In addition, a focus on resume and interview preparation as well as networking helps participants to design an individual career action plan. Many research universities (including the University of Michigan, Stanford, Harvard, and Wayne State University), medical schools, science academies in the US and abroad have hosted SciPhD training activities. SciPhD offers registrants on their site a virtual career center, video series, and self-directed skills assessment program. 

PhDs at Work

This is an online space devoted to explorations of the worklives of Ph.D.s who are employed in a variety of sectors. Michelle Erickson curates a "Week-in-the-Life" series, whereby guest bloggers share their workday activities, along with personal reflection and advice, in the course of a week. The posts showcase how skills learned during doctoral training are used in different career settings. This site is also a great place to network with other Ph.D.s with similar training and interests.

From PhD to Life

This is a site founded by Jennifer Polk, a life coach who specializes in assisting helping doctoral students find meaningful careers. Polk is also available for one-on-one coaching sessions and offers a free initial consultation. Her approach focuses on helping clients clarify goals and identify any obstacles to a successful career. Polk also posts career advice on her blog and occasionally offers online classes and web conferences. 

Academic EQ

This is a career consulting site devoted to helping Ph.D.s thrive in careers beyond academia. Services include interviewing prep, resume and cover-letter writing, and social media navigation. The founders offer a free 15-minute consultation, and also several one-on-one consulting packages tailored to individual needs. There is free content: a resume template, a resume writing and job interview guide, and the blog offers many short articles that run the gamut from how to be a versatile Ph.D. to how to overcome psychological obstacles to pursuing a professional career outside of academia.

University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)

Wayne State is a member of UIDP, so students can access the site using a "Wayne.edu" login. This is a member organization from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC, where members from industry and academia work together on specific issues and challenges that affect them both. Project groups share information and report out through UIDP publications.