Career Services for Postdocs

Handshake This is Career Services’ powerful platform for University of Pennsylvania students, postdocs and alumni served by our office. Handshake uses cutting-edge technology to help you more easily connect with employers and source jobs and internships, event information, and schedule appointments with Career Advisors. All career fairs, workshops, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviewing is coordinated through this platform. Select your career interests to get more tailored communications from Career Services with resources and opportunities more aligned with your career goals.

 AuroraYour complete resource for PhD professional and career development including interactive workbooks, interviews with PhDs in diverse career roles, and a comprehensive series of workshops covering all aspects of career exploration, networking, applying for faculty, and expanded career roles, and more! Get started by watching this overview from Aurora’s founder:

 Versatile PhD Career Services subscribes to this web-based community so that you can explore the broad diversity of careers that value a PhD and gain job-search relevant skills. Take advantage of the Ph.D. Career Finder Tool to investigate common career paths taken by PhDs across disciplines. Additionally, the VPhD Options 4 Success program is designed to help PhDs identify viable career paths, understand the link between their degrees and the professional world, and confidently manage the transition from university to high-quality professional careers

myIDP Developed specifically for STEM PhDs, this free resource provides self-assessment tools to help you evaluate your skills, interests, and values, and compare these against a wide diversity of careers that value a STEM Ph.D. You can use the individual development plan tool to identify key next steps as part of your academic and professional development.

 Vault Career Insider Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within a range of industries, companies, or professions—and how to position yourself to launch and build the career you want. Many of the vault guides are featured on the Engineering industry community page of the Career Services website:

Big Interview complete engaging courses on resumes, interviewing, and negotiating, learn how to build effective STAR stories for your interviews, and practice and record mock interviews.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity An independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students.

CareerShift An excellent tool to identify contacts at different organizations, build lists of organizations in different fields, and search for jobs at companies of interest.

Management Consulted A comprehensive resource on consulting and case interview prep, featuring cases, math drills, online video courses, and everything you need to know to ace your consulting interviews.

GoinGlobal This resource includes a searchable database of thousands of international jobs and internship listings, country and international city-specific resources, a database of companies that have provided H1b visas in the past, resume & cover letter samples, and cultural advice.

Penn Engineering postdocs can contact Alicia Pickul, Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean, with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Postdoc Information:

Postdoc contacts:

Contact, Sabrina Kendrick, with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

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