Navigating Graduate Career Paths

Interactive new HMS website provides hundreds of career resources

A screen shot of the Cog City homepage
The Cog City site pulls together hundreds of career resources in an interactome, an interactive network map that allows users to see connections between categories. Video: Courtesy Graduate Bioscience Career Cognitive City.

It’s no secret that in the past decade or so, career prospects have been changing for graduate students in the life sciences.

“It used to be the sort of narrative that everybody who got a PhD in life sciences went on to be a faculty member — then data started to come out that that wasn’t true,” said Jason Heustis, assistant dean for student development and evaluation in the Office for Graduate Education at Harvard Medical School.

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“It turns out 80 percent of people will probably end up not pursuing a faculty position. They’re going on to multiple, different career trajectories. People are now going into science communication, venture capital management, consulting, teaching, curriculum design, or higher ed administration,” he said.

As the life sciences career landscape has changed, and the range of opportunities has expanded, so has the number of tools and resources available to help with career exploration, with finding job postings, with connections to mentors, with development of interpersonal skills, and even with navigating mental health and wellness services.