I’m a firm believer that a PhD in Neuroscience opens many doors in your life, even secret doors you never knew existed. However, while navigating the academic track is straightforward, the “alternative” careers in science are much more disorienting. We all know the keys to success on the academic track — publications, lab skills, and a good network. But how can you use your scientific skills off the tenure-track? How do you identify, get on, and succeed in those career paths?
AAAS saves the day by hosting: “Thinking Outside the Lab,” a webinar on non-research careers (April 8th @ 1PM). Behold, an introduction to “leaving the bench” for those who refuse to “leave science”.
- Marcia McNutt, Science Editor-in-Chief
- Lori Conlan, Director for the NIH Office of Postdoctoral Studies
- Anish Goel, former AAAS S&T Policy Fellow and Director of Market Analysis and Geopolitical Affairs at Boeing
Straight from the website:
- Wondering where can a Ph.D. take you today? Is there life beyond the bench? Absolutely! There are now more non-research jobs for STEM professionals than ever before—in private industry, public policy, government, nonprofit, journalism, grants management, analytics, and a host of emerging career paths.
- Learn what mix of skills, experience and preparation you need to leap from the lab into a satisfying non-research career.
- Take this opportunity to learn firsthand from accomplished Ph.D.s who have successfully navigated a career outside of the research realm. They’ll talk about their own experiences, examine a range of career options open to STEM professionals across different sectors, and discuss the analytic, communication and teamworking skills needed for these kinds of roles.
Then, once your mind is blown by all the science careers that are out there, head over to myidp.sciencecareers.org. This website is something I highly recommend to every scientist I know. You go through a survey answering questions about your interests, skills, and values. They compare those answers to those of scientists in all sorts of fields who enjoy their jobs. Then, they show you what career paths are a best match for you. Bonus that they point you to all sorts of resources (books, blogs, websites) so you can get a sense of what it’s like to work in that field, how to prepare for those types of jobs, etc. It’s an amazing starting point for anyone wondering what people can do with a (neuro)science PhD.