PhD Professional Development

As a doctoral student, you’re not only learning, but doing. Whether you’re working in a lab, serving as a teaching fellow, writing a paper for publication, or completing an internship, you’re simultaneously preparing for your future professional life while also working side-by-side with those who are already well along in their careers. Professional development for doctoral students encompasses the activities and resources that can help you sharpen your skill set for the work that you’re doing now and in the future, while also helping you maintain a sense of well-being along the way.

Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (PDPA) supports Boston University doctoral students in their professional development journey. Whether you’re exploring career options or looking to build transferable skills, resources and programming exist to support you.

To register for upcoming events and see a list of past events visit this page.

VitaminPhD is a podcast produced at Boston University for anyone who is pursuing a doctorate, has a doctorate, or supporting others on their doctoral journey. Season 1 of the podcast delivered career narratives and skills know-how in two formats. Career Pathways episodes explored career options by interviewing people who have earned their doctorate and now work in a variety of sectors. In the Navigating Challenges episodes, the hosts discussed issues that can present difficulties in graduate school, and we provide tips to help you succeed. Season 2 continued Career Pathways and Navigating Challenges conversations, and added additional conversations with current BU doctoral students who shared their experiences. Season 3 of Vitamin PhD will launch in Fall 2020. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Drop-in virtual office hours provide students with a space to ask Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs staff questions, receive professional development advice, and learn about available resources. Upcoming office hours:

Wednesday, September 16 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Zoom.

Thursday, October 15 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM on Zoom.

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