As a doctoral student, you have tremendous strengths and transferable skills to oﬀer employers. There are many types of careers open to PhDs in the sciences and mathematics, and GSAS Compass recommends that all doctoral students in these disciplines become familiar with the following resources:
- myIDP: Self-assessment and career planning tool for students in the Natural Sciences
- ImaginePhD: Self-assessment and career planning tool targeted at humanities and social science PhDs, but widely applicable to any field
- Columbia Individual Development Plan (IDP) Program: Designed for postdocs and doctoral students in any discipline, this program involves creating an individual development plan and attending workshops and industry panels.
- National Postdoctoral Association: NPA career resources are broadly relevant for graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows
- Free the PhD: Private organization focused on helping science PhDs transfer into industry
- InterSECT Job Simulations: Online platform with job simulation exercises for career exploration
- How to convert your CV to a résumé: Most industries other than academia require a one- to two-page résumé rather than a curriculum vitae (CV); use this guide to help you create your résumé (and click here for more on CVs)
Job boards and career advice
- NYAS Science Alliance: Arts and Sciences students in the Natural Sciences are eligible to participate in the New York Academy of Science’s Science Alliance program, which offers workshops, courses, and mentorship and networking opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.
- Science Careers: Career advice for graduate students, and a job board from the journal Science
- Association for Women in Science: AWSI works to advance women in STEM and maintains a robust job board
Please find below a selection of some of the most common career paths for STEM PhDs. While this page is a good place to start your exploration, it only scratches the surface of the resources available to you. We encourage you to schedule an appointment to speak with a GSAS Compass career advisor regardless of where you are in your career decision-making process.