Exploring Your Options
The Fantasy, The Ideal, and The Reality of Career Exploration
You might have a fantasy about getting to your dream career or have an idealized notion of what the process of career exploration looks like. The reality is that career exploration is often a messy and iterative process; it’s also hard work! Watch this video created by the MIND program at UCSF to see what career exploration is really like.
PDCO has certified staff members in two personality assessments: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Clifton Strengths (formerly StrengthsFinder 2.0). Our office offers free assessments and reporting for both instruments for JHU trainees. We also conduct group workshops on both assessments throughout the year for trainees to gain a further understanding of their reports.
Email Moremi Oladeinde for information (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up for an assessment & reporting appointment through Handshake.
Career Paths features overviews of multiple careers and includes interviews and videos of alumni sharing insights into their careers and how they transitioned into their jobs. Ways to gain experience and skills are highlighted for each career.
Career Panels and Career Communities
NIH Career Symposium, Bethesda, MD
This free, annual one-day symposium every May has career panels from a large variety of career paths for biomedical PhDs and Postdocs. PDCO arranges free shuttle transportation for JHU students who want to attend.
Visit NIH Career Symposium Website
Versatile PhD is an online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in STEM fields, as well as the humanities and social sciences. The site provides information on career paths, job listings, and opportunities to network with other PhDs both online and at in-person meet-ups. Johns Hopkins has an institutional subscription to Versatile PhD, giving you access to a wealth of information and contacts.
Visit Versatile PhD JHU Login Portal
This is a free service by AAAS that allows users to evaluate their own skills, interests, and values to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Users can explore various career paths and set goals for improving skills.
Visit MyIDP Site
This site is geared toward humanities and social science PhDs, but their career resources and career paths pages are broadly applicable to all PhD trainees.
Visit ImaginePHD Site
INTERsect Job Simulations
Try out job simulation exercises in a variety of PhD Careers with this interactive tool developed by Washington University in St. Louis.
Visit INTERsect Job Simulations Site
PDCO Online Library
Our office has a number of books available for PhD and Postdoc trainees to check out.
Visit PDCO Online Library
Talking with career professionals is a great way to learn more about a particular job field or company, while growing your scientific network.
Use these guidelines for successful informational interviews.