Career Paths

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) hosted their annual NIH OITE Career Symposium online, with over 10,000 participants total in the five live sessions. All of the live sessions were taped and there are also a number of pre-recorded panel discussions and interviews that you can access at an NIH OITE YouTube channel, including remarks by NIH Director Dr Francis Collins.  Despite the challenging times, you can still be working proactively on your career development.

Career Connections Center Office Hours in the Graduate School Online

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm, Online

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm, Online

In light of the current shift towards online courses and programming, the UF Career Connections Center (C3) is offering virtual support and resources to continue to assist graduate students in their professional development and career readiness needs. Weekly C3 Office Hours in the Graduate School are currently being held virtually via Zoom. Graduate students interested in attending virtual office hours can make an appointment by emailing a C3 Graduate Assistant via this link.

Questions? Contact Talline Martins, Office of Graduate Professional Development.

image career development calendarThe GradDev calendar lists career development seminars sponsored by UF Health departments and graduate programs, with speakers from a variety of job sectors related to health sciences research.

To have your events included on the GradDev calendar, please contact Susan Gardner (


image Career Interest TeamsCareer Interest Teams are informal groups designed to provide introductory experiences for graduate students and postdocs to become familiar with the various career options available for health sciences research. Participation is voluntary. Please feel free to attend any sessions you may be interested in.

Do you have a plan?  Check out the Individual Development Plans page for more information about career and professional development planning while you are in grad school or a postdoc.

New Course: What is a Research Professional?   



GMS 5095 – Fall 2019

Instructors: Lauren Solberg, JD, MTS
Bob Kolb, RN, MS, CCRC
Register for GMS5905 (3G27) Fall 2019
Thursdays at 12:50-2:45 pm (6-7 period)
Location: Health Science Center, Room N1-07

This career-development course focuses on what it means to be a “research professional,” in particular what it means to conduct research in a variety of career pathways other than as a faculty member.
To register:

For more information, email Lauren Solberg or Bob Kolb.

Online resources for career exploration:

Science Careers (career resources and tools provided by the AAAS)

New York Academy of Sciences Career Center

Exploring Alternative Academic Careers:  Utilizing informational interviews to get to know other career paths

More essays on “Alternative Academic” (alt-ac) careers

The Versatile PhD (humanities, social sciences and STEM)

Imagine PhD (humanities and social sciences)