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Resources for Mentorship and Advice

Before you start: do some self exploration and information inventory of careers beyond academia that might be a good fit for your skills and interests. Use this handy guide by Graduate Career Services. Many educational and practical offerings are scheduled to address the essential core competencies. We highly recommend you complete the ScienceCareers my IDP.  Read this Molecular Cell paper on how to discuss your IDP with your advisor. Have you not yet chosen a PhD advisor? An ASBMB writer shares some advice and how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

Additional online sites can help with this phase of career exploration:

  • Versatile Ph.D. includes a library of interviews about careers beyond academia, career panels, discussion groups and networking opportunities
  • Ph.D. Career Guide helps you decide which career path would be most rewarding, based on your professional interests and career goals
  • Branching Points filled with informational interviews about non-academic career possibilities
  • Beyond Academe encourages all historians to participate in the public sphere

Program recruits can be connected with a mutually agreeable BEST mentor from the field of their career aspiration who will meet with trainees regularly and help them navigate the program and succeed in their career of choice. Please make an appointment with BEST Program staff if you would either like to serve as a mentor or seek one.


Here are some helpful resources for mentors and mentees throughout the phases of mentoring: selection, alignment, cultivation and closure.

Download the Science Careers 2015 Career Handbook.

Postdoctoral Mentoring - some guidelines from the National Postdoctoral Association

Nature's Guide for Mentors: having a good mentor early in your career can been the difference between success and failure in any field. Look for enthusiasm, sensitivity, respect, unselfishness, appreciation of individual differences, support for other than one's own, availability, teaching and communication abilities.

Mentoring: A Guide for Faculty and Guide for Grad Students by the University of Washington


Emerging network of resources for exploring paths beyond academia in Nature Biotechnology (see the supplemental information tables! Nature Biotechnology 33, 775-778doi:10.1038/nbt.3282)

Cornell's EMPower (Engineering Mentoring Partnerships) Peer Mentor & Protégé Handbook