Career Paths


The Annual NIH Career Symposium aims to highlight the diversity of career choices available to your generation of biomedical researchers.  Whether you are a new graduate student, postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is for you.


In 2021 the focus is on networking opportunities. We will host a series of “rooms” for career conversations slots with one or two speakers in a 45-minute time slot. Multiple rooms with speakers in similar career paths will run concurrently. For example, research positions in industry would have multiple rooms going at once. Our goal is that each room will have no more than 15 participants, giving every attendee ample time to connect with a professional. Participants will have the ability to move through the “rooms” as they like, meeting a speaker, asking questions, or even just listening in to see if a particular career path looks enticing. NOTE: What is said in these rooms will NOT be recorded. (There is a multitude of material reported on from past events below)



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.

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)