Early in your advanced training, as you orient yourself to the demands of your graduate studies or to the expectations of your new postdoctoral appointment, it is important for you to understand the impact that early career development planning will have upon your ultimate career success and satisfaction.

What Is Available To You

  • Orientation events
  • Career and professional development services
  • Groups and organizations
  • Tools

How You Will Benefit

Learn critical new perspectives and information

Complementary university-wide and school-specific orientations provide critical perspectives on career planning and inform you of fundamental resources to ensure you get the most out of your training.

Discover where to obtain tailored support and services

Offices and services available in your school provide support for your career planning and professional development with the advantage that these resources and services are tailored to your scholarly discipline.

Connect with groups that provide diverse experiences and knowledge pools

National, university-wide, and school-specific organizations provide diverse experiences that range from social activities to professional development opportunities. They also provide valuable opportunities for direct professional development through participation as a volunteer or an organization leader.

Begin to map and track your career development

Use a Career Development Plan (CDP), also known as an Individual Development Plan (IDP), to develop and track your career development.


Graduate Students

Introduction to Professional Development Seminar for Doctoral Students

Specifically designed for advanced degree trainees, this seminar highlights the importance of early career planning to achieve your career goals regardless of your career path. Join your colleagues and learn how engaging in career planning and professional development early in your doctoral studies will give you a competitive advantage when you are ready to enter the workforce.

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Postdocs within the Health Sciences
Dental Medicine, Health & Rehabilitation, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health

Postdoctoral Orientation to Career Development Seminar: Postdocs appointed in any of the six schools of the health sciences (dental medicine, health and rehabilitation, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health) are required to attend this seminar within the first three months of their appointments. Details are included in your appointment letter and you will receive a personal email invitation from the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences within the first month of your appointment. These 90-minute orientation seminars are held monthly from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

If you do not receive an email within the first 45 days of your appointment, please contact postdoc@hs.pitt.edu.

Postdocs outside the Health Sciences
Arts & Sciences, Business, Computing & Information Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Public & International Affairs, Social Work

Postdoctoral Introduction to Career Planning and Development

Postdocs outside the health sciences do not follow the same career development and progress assessment process as those within the health sciences; consequently, career development activities differ by school. If your appointment is in one of these schools, you are not required to attend a career development orientation. However, an optional seminar is offered for postdocs outside the health sciences that highlights the importance of early career planning and development and introduces you to a career development framework where you can align your professional development efforts with your appropriate stage of advanced training. These 90-minute seminars are offered once every semester.

Next Session: Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
O'Hara Student Center, Dining Room

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