US university offers for-credit graduate course in career development.
The University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania has launched a course on career planning for graduate students, one of the first to offer degree credits. Planning for Scientific Success aims to help students to identify and develop skills based on their interests and values, and to create a lifelong career-development plan. Steven Wendell, a molecular biologist and assistant director of the postdoctoral office at the university, proposed the course. “The career problems I hear from graduate students and postdocs are based in their lack of a clear, authentic career vision,” he says. The course lasts for two semesters and is required for oral-biology graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh dental school, but is open to all graduate students at the university. Each semester is worth one credit.
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Career-planning course. Nature 489, 593 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nj7417-593a