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Career and Professional Development

Students in the Plant Biology and Conservation Graduate Program go on to pursue careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors and in academia. Visit our alumni page to learn more.

Northwestern University provides a range of career services to assist students and alumni.

Northwestern Career Advancement

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) provides comprehensive career services to all life sciences graduate students considering non-academic as well as academic careers. NCA staff assist students with career decision-making by helping them explore and re-clarify interests, values, and skills through one-on-one counseling meetings and career assessments.

NCA staff also assist students in identifying and utilizing online materials to research employers and careers of interest to them. Staff work closely with students to help them develop individualized job search strategies and refine job search skills (resumes, CVs, interviewing). More detailed information can be found on the Northwestern Career Advancement website.

BioProfessionals Program – BioSurvivals, BioOpportunities, Pathway to the Professoriate

To foster the career development of graduate students training in the life sciences at Northwestern University, the IBiS Graduate Program co-sponsors BioProfessionals, which includes BioSurvival Skills, BioOpportunities, and Pathway to the Professoriate. For information on past and upcoming BioProfessionals Programs please refer to the IBiS website.

Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and The Graduate School programs

PBC students have access to the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and resources through The Graduate School, NU Directions.

The Searle Center is a valuable resource for students interested in improving their teaching skills in preparation for an academic career. Additional information about the Searle Center programs can be found on the Searle Center website.

TGS Professional Development

The Graduate School provides resources and programming for the various phases of professional development for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. More detailed information can be found on TGS Professional Development website.

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