Careers with Your PhD

A PhD in biomedical sciences can lead to exciting careers in academic research, biotechnology industry, research at federal laboratories, as well as positions in science teaching, science communications, and science policy. Take an active role in exploring your future career and building skills for success!

  • All IBS students complete and update an Individual Development Plan, (view the Goal Setting and Individual Development Plan video). A useful approach is to use MyIDP which links to AAAS Science Careers.
  • The GW Career Center offers numerous workshops available to graduate students, posted on the IBS home page. Take the time to join Handshake and explore the job postings and information.
  • Learn ways to speak with the public in outreach events. Attend the GW chapter of Toastmasters International and refine your communication skills.
  • Enter the Three Minute Thesis Competition. Compete in the speed challenge to present your work to a lay audience.

The IBS Science and Professional Development workshops offer monthly focus on Individual Development Plans, setting SMART goals, fellowship preparation, financial literacy, LinkedIn and other topics.

Attend the annual IBS Career Day each June and interact with alumni and leaders from multiple career sectors.

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