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What’s Next? Career Paths for Ph.D.s in STEM

May 31, 2019, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm EDT

Rackham is sponsoring a two-day workshop for doctoral candidates in the sciences to engage in skill and career exploration, gain insight into a variety of career paths, identify their transferable knowledge and skills, and practice communicating these to others. This event is reserved for University of Michigan and Wayne State Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. Programming will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with a VIP networking reception starting at 5:30 p.m. on Day 2. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided both days; the Day 2 evening reception will include hors d’oeuvres.

This year’s program will be facilitated by the leaders of SciPhD, which specializes in preparing scientists for professional careers. During this two-day experiential learning boot camp titled “Get Your First Job,” they will help participants identify specific business and social skills needed, how to reframe past experiences to demonstrate mastery of those skills, and how to gain missing skills before starting the job search. Modules include:

  • The Business of Science
  • Communications for Scientists
  • Networking for Success
  • Project Management for Scientists
  • Negotiating as a Scientist
  • Behavioral Based Interviews

Pre-registration is required at

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 13. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and registration is only considered complete upon payment of the registration fee. Participants will be asked to pay a non-refundable $15 fee, which helps Rackham defray the cost of workshop materials and meals.

If you are a student from Wayne State, please request a friend account and then complete your registration. Find help for creating your friend account through U-M ITS.


May 31, 2019
8:30 am to 6:30 pm EDT
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Workshop / Seminar
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)