IU School of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in biomedical sciences at the Indianapolis campus have many resources to assist them along their science career journey. Because PhD-level scientists can pursue many different possible career options in a variety of settings, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have many opportunities to explore, investigate, and prepare for the many career options available from their first day on campus until their last. These opportunities include one-on-one support, events and services offered by both the IBMG Program for PhD Study and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and through the Graduate and Postdoc Careers program.
Biomedical Science Career and Professional Development
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CareerX: Focused on Graduate Student and Postdoc Careers
Due to the wide variety of options available to PhD-level biomedical scientists, how one applies their science training can feel like a variable – an “X” that is unknown. The CareerX program is designed to provide a progression of opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to: 1) explore the career options available; 2) expand their knowledge of specific career options in academic, industry, government, non-profit, and other settings; and 3) gain specific experiences on a career path to prepare them for their next step beyond their current training experience.
CareerXplore: Workshops and Events about Science Careers
CareerXplore is a collection of entry-level experiences to science careers and the essentials of a job search. Year-round activities include:
Career Ask-Me-Anything EventsParticipate in interview-style events with scientists that have PhDs who work in academic, industry, governmental, non-profit, and other careers.
Weekly Wednesday Workshops (or Webinars)Attend weekly lunchtime workshops (in-person, online, or both) focusing on specific career exploration or developing job search skills.
CareerXplore GroupsExplore science career options with a group of students or postdocs, exploring career options for scientists together. (Offered fall semesters.)
CareerXtra Special EventsGain insight from special guests and notable speakers on career topics relevant to your future. As announced.
CareerXpand: Learning About Career Paths Together
CareerXpand is about learning in-depth about a particular career path or job role with other students or postdocs.
Summer JumpstartsEngage with speakers in a week-long series of workshops every summer that provide essential skills for careers in three areas: University Teaching; Industry Careers; and Academic Careers.
CareerXpand GroupsExplore specific career paths in collaborative groups and work on a learning project around one career path. Past examples include science communication, entrepreneurship, and regulatory affairs careers. (Offered spring semesters.)
Learning CommunitiesParticipate with groups of students/postdocs developing skills in a specific area following a set structure. Series durations are either half-year or full-year. Examples include an University Teaching Learning Community (UTLC) and a Leadership Development Learning Community (LDLC).
CareerXperience: Experiencing Career Paths Hands-On
CareerXperience offers students and postdocs the opportunity to visit, shadow, and sometimes work alongside others in a real-world context.
CareerXcursionsVisits by advanced PhD students and postdocs to different employer campuses (or online visits) to learn more about careers first-hand; limited to advanced PhD students and postdocs.
CareerXperienceObserve first-hand different job options in non-academic settings; limited to advanced PhD students and postdocs.
Custom Career Learning ExperiencesCreated in cooperation between the student/postdoc, their mentoring faculty, and the CareerX program.
Professional and Career Development Events
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have access to events year-round related to professional development as scientists now and career development for their next career step after training at IU School of Medicine. Events are added on a regular basis and are available on the CareerX – Graduate and Postdoc Careers event listing.