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The Extra 5% Can Make All the Difference





Every spring, BioSci Careers hosts its annual "Biotechnology Industry Day," a customized recruitment opportunity for organizations in the life-science and medical fields. The goals are to strengthen relationships with a core group of companies, to formalize channels for recruitment, to raise awareness of research directions and trends, and to stimulate the exchange of scientific ideas and dialogue.

Top skills covered: relationship building, current research, career exploration

This reception and dinner at the Cantor Arts Center offers third- through fifth-year graduate students the opportunity to mingle with alumni in a variety of careers, to celebrate the training successes of fourth-year biosciences graduate students thus far, and to encourage them to begin thinking of ways to build their careers now. An invited speaker gives a fun keynote address.

Top skills covered: relationship building, career exploration

"This event was really great. The speaker was engaging and inspiring, and the conversation with my fellow biosciences students was a lot of fun!"

"Great experience to talk with people in many career stages and types of careers."

This seminar series explores the variety of jobs available within academic institutions, including academic advising, research support, and curriculum development. The VPGE announces dates at the start of each quarter for registration and participation.

Top skills covered: academic career exploration, relationship building

"...has been helpful in identifying jobs within the academic realm that our PhD training is useful for."

INDE 228 (Spring)

Career Transition Planning

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In order to build a satisfying career, it is important to have a keen understanding of your abilities and interests along with knowledge of the myriad career options available to you. The earlier one develops such awareness, the easier it is to tailor the Stanford training experience to best support your professional goals and aspirations. This course offers career-exploration tools and exercises to help clarify your priorities, and introduces you to alumni, faculty, and industry speakers from a variety of fields to highlight the range of settings where your skills may be useful and relevant.

Top skills covered: self-assessment, career exploration

SGSI (Fall)/ENGR 311B (Spring)

Designing the Professional

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This class can either be completed in one week as part of the Stanford Graduate Summer Institute at in early September or as ENGR 311B in the spring. This class applies "design thinking" to each individual's post-Stanford professional life-teaching a framework for vocational wayfinding and locating profession within life overall to each individual. Other topics covered during the course include tools to investigate multiple professional paths and the creation of a personal "Odyssey Plan" to innovate multiple prototypes for post-PhD professional launch.

Top skills covered: design thinking, career exploration, innovation

"E311B is a must-don't miss this course! It is based on design-thinking principles and encourages students to stretch their creativity muscles, to have fun, and to prototype several career and life paths."

INDE 231A/INDE 231B (Fall)

Curricula for Academic Careers

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These courses introduce the breadth of academic career paths across diverse institutions, provide hands-on preparation of application materials, and discuss the non-research aspects of faculty roles, including teaching and lab management. Featuring faculty from different institutions as guest speakers and panelists, these courses discuss the typical career progression for future faculty, from finding and obtaining faculty jobs to navigating the first year, and to working toward tenure.

  • Career Foundations: Academia (September) - Introduces the breadth of roles, responsibilities and academic environments from a panel of junior and seasoned faculty in different roles and institutions.
  • INDE 231A: Career Transitions: Academia (Fall) - Prepare and polish your CVs, cover letters, research/teaching statements, job talks and interview skills, receiving individual practice and critique.
  • INDE 231B: Career Prep & Practice: Academia (Spring) - Focuses on the non-research skills and knowledge to succeed in academia, including balancing faculty responsibilities, writing grant proposals, classroom management and teaching.

    Seminar videos available online here.

    Top skills covered: academic career exploration

    "It was a great course, designed to help students reflect on their values and learn about different options in academic careers that may best fit those values. I would recommend this seminar to anyone who is considering an academic career!"

BioSci Careers coordinates seminars with various speakers in local, national, and international industries to expose graduate students to a variety of opportunities available after their graduate training. Students can register for the individual events on the BioSci Careers website prior to the seminar.

Top skills covered: career exploration

"A great way to explore different career options, including through panel discussions with Stanford alumni."

The Mentors in Teaching (MinT) Program offers specialized training in developing and improving effective teaching skills in specific disciplines. Graduate students can be trained as teaching mentors for their individual departments or as MinT fellows for a cohort of students from multiple departments across the university.

Top skills covered: teaching, mentoring

"Having served as a TA mentor within my department, I found the Mentor in Teaching Program to be very useful."

Using tailored lectures, case studies, and a practical final project, leaders from local firms illustrate the scope of career opportunities within the biotechnology sector, while teaching business terminology and theory. Trainees develop the management and leadership skills necessary for post-training and internship success in the biotechnology business and finance fields.

Top skills covered: career exploration, management

Stanford Ignite

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Stanford Ignite is a certificate program combining graduate students with local scientists, engineers and innovators from a variety of companies. This program is offered part-time during Winter Quarter (9 weeks) or full-time during Summer Quarter (4 weeks). Students enrolled in the program will be exposed to formulating, developing, and commercializing new ideas through experiential learning in an interdisciplinary setting.

Top skills covered: business, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary thinking

"Stanford Ignite is an excellent business survey course with top GSB professors, tons of experiential, hands-on learning, and a team-based project. Stanford Ignite provides a foundational education of business principles, beneficial for any career path."

"I learned from the highest quality professors in the business school and received advising from Silicon Valley's superstar entrepreneurs and investors."

BioSci Careers and Consulting Club collaborate to host global leaders in the management-consulting industry in preparation for recruiting season. Through site visits, case study practice with experienced alumni, and networking with consultants from a diverse array of firms, you will gain insight into management-consulting culture, application/interview requirements, and the skills required to excel in the profession.

The BioSci Careers Internship Program is a unique opportunity for medical and life-science trainees to gain meaningful work experience in a broad range of areas where science experts can make significant impacts. Along with excellent academic research training, internships offer myriad opportunities for professional growth, interpersonal skill development, communication, and relationship-building, all part of a critical investment toward helping trainees explore their career choices in the sciences.

BioSci Careers has developed two documents to aid in student/faculty mentor conversations about research and career progress: one for those early in their training and another for those in the middle or late stages. These additionally address the assessment of a student’s preferred mentoring style, communication of mentoring needs, and how to use these documents and other resources in the process.

Top skills covered: student-faculty mentorship, relationship building

The Office of Graduate Education aims to help train and empower the next generation of leaders and innovators within and beyond academia and industry. We recognize that our graduate students are the central drivers and conductors of some of the most transformative research in the world. Our office offers programs and services to support graduate students and sustain the level of excellence achieved by the Stanford Biosciences.

BioSci Careers

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This center provides support for the exploration of career options, development of professional skill sets, and connections to opportunities for trainees in the medical and life sciences. It houses career and professional development resources via in-house and online libraries. Further, career counseling provides one-on-one insight into the career-development and job-search process. Finally, BioSci Careers partners with alumni, faculty, and experts in myriad fields around discussion groups and curricular efforts. Trainees are empowered to both define their individual passions and to set short- and long-term goals, including those that will impact other organizations, cultures, and communities regardless of external expectations of career choice.

Top skills covered: career exploration, professional development, self-assessment

"If you're continuing on in academia, going into management consulting, or biotech/pharma industry, they can help."

"The Career Center at Stanford Med School has excellent guidance counselors, industry connections, and interview preparation strategies."

This group brings together medical and life-science trainees, to assist in exploring the breadth of opportunities and duties within media/communication. Additionally, we aim to prepare our trainees for success in these areas through expert advice from BioSci Careers career professionals, science and health communications alumni, and employer representatives. Participants will find materials and resources in support of exploration and practice in science-media/communication careers as well as a centralized calendar for upcoming events.

Top skills covered: career exploration

This informative group assists in exploring the breadth of opportunities and duties within the science-policy field and related government/NGO sectors. Additionally, we aim to prepare future policy creators for success in these areas through expert advice from BioSci Careers career professionals, alumni who are working or in Science Policy, and agency representatives. Participants will find materials and resources in support of exploration and practice in science-policy careers as well as a centralized calendar for upcoming events.

Top skills covered: career exploration

Stanford Consulting Associates

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A student-run, management-consulting group in the School of Medicine, partnered with the Career Center, we seek to provide consulting curriculum and case-study practice in preparation for interviews with various management-consulting firms. In addition, our goal is to provide members with an experiential education through teamwork and partnerships with industry consultants.

Top skills covered: career exploration, interview preparation


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An "industry agnostic" community with startup entrepreneurs whose goal is to accelerate the development of potential founders, StartX provides mentorship and training through an alumni network, as well as resources (e.g., office space, cloud storage) and need-based financial aid for startups.

Top skills covered: alumni-student mentoring, entrepreneuership

"Really great way to bring together different engineering, science, business, etc. backgrounds and support early project development."

"StartX if you are curious about the entrepreneurial side of science and/or have an idea for a business."

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