Whether it is a sad or happy thought, it is true that a PhD or MS program has an end. So what does one do after? The number of academic jobs decline each year, and the future state of higher education is very unclear. So what other opportunities are there for newly minted graduates?
This is exactly the question that a new Rutgers program is addressing. iJOBS, Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists, provides opportunities for current graduate students to network with and learn about relevant industries beyond academia. Implemented with Biomedical Science students, iJOBS is expanding to include students in many other academic fields. It is a multi-year program for students, with phases of participation. In Phase I, students participate in career fairs, workshops on skill development and similar events. Students must accumulate a certain number of participation hours to apply for Phase II which includes more personal training and shadowing opportunities.
Why should you consider it? Because this is an opportunity for you to begin developing skills and contacts that will help you pursue a career beyond a tenure track position, such as science and health policy, business management and data analysis. The workshops alone are worth a look, including resume/cv development, interviewing skills, communicating science to politicians and networking skills.
There are certainly interesting topics for any graduate student, and I encourage everyone to consider participation in the program. Find more information at http://ijobs.rutgers.edu/