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It's never too soon to start planning for your dream job. Whether you want to be a professor, a forensic toxicologist, a medical science liaison, or if you are still uncertain of your options, planning is your key to an impactful, fulfilling and prosperous career. The many resources of the CPD will be invaluable as you navigate through the varied options available to you as an emerging scientific professional.

UR Resources and Presentations

URBEST Program

The URBEST program seeks to better prepare graduate students and postdoctoral trainees for careers outside of academia. To do this, it funds instruction in leadership and professionalism, provides training pathways in industry, manufacturing and entrepreneurship; regulatory affairs, compliance and review; and science and technology policy - and creates new opportunities for experiential learning through internships and externships.

Bio Careers

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an institutional membership with Bio Careers. Bio Careers provides an in-depth look at various career paths in the sciences, maintains a jobs board and offers many resources to help you with your job search.

UR SMD students, postdocs and alumni may register for a lifetime membership for free

Books from the CPD Lending Library

Check out books from the CPD Lending Library. To check something out, visit our office in G-9556 or email us with your request.

GETTING there: Volume 2
By Luis A. Martinez

The It Girl Rules: Get Hired and Stay Hired - Tips on Navigating Your Corporate Career
By UR Alum, Tamika Nurse '02S (MBA)

Recent Seminars and Workshops

What I Can Be with My PhD
By Alison Billroth-MacLurg, 6th year SMD graduate student

Career Development for Smart Graduate Students: Small Changes Now Can Result in
Vastly Differing Outcomes
and Presentation Slides (login required)
By Donald Asher, MHROD, MA, Asher Associates

Job Search Strategy (login required)
By Lauren Celano, Propel Careers

Online Resources


Career Development Toolkit for Researchers
An interactive guide to help you formulate an ongoing career strategy

Carpe Careers
From Inside Higher Education, advice column by graduate career advisors

The Postdoc Experience: High Expectations, Grounded in Reality
From Science Careers, by Kendall Powell

Reset Your Brain
From Naturejobs, by Christopher Taylor

Yes, you can attend that career event, says the U.S. government
From Science Careers, by Rachel Bernstein

Webinars from the NIH

Getting the Most out of a Job Fair

Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success: Defining the Process


America's Career InfoNet
Offers wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, and state-by-state labor market conditions.

Elsevier Publishing Campus College of Career Planning
Tips to get you ready to take the next step

From PhD to Life
Features resources and a Q&A series on transitioning from being a PhD student to finding fulfilling work.
Preparing scientists for professional careers.