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PhD Pathways is an all-day career exploration experience for Stanford PhD students and postdocs. At Pathways, you will have the opportunity to explore careers beyond academia in community with other PhD students and postdocs from across the university. Pathways is your opportunity to connect with PhD alums and your classmates, discover how the skills you’ve gained in graduate school translate to non-faculty careers, learn how to navigate the career exploration process, and devise advance your journey at Stanford and beyond!

By attending PhD Pathways, you will be able to:

  • Identify 1-3 career fields available to PhDs outside academia
  • Articulate 1-3 ways that your skills can translate to careers beyond academia
  • Identify 1-3 next steps to develop your skills and refine your interests to advance towards your career goals
  • Build confidence in your ability to approach people to discuss their careers

The next PhD Pathways will be held in March 2025. Please check back at the beginning of the winter quarter for more information.

Learn more about previous PhD Pathways by following the links below.

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PhD Pathways Panel Recordings

Between 2020 and 2022, we recorded virtual panels featuring PhD alums who have forged careers beyond academia, in sectors from entrepreneurship, to government, to data science, to writing, and more. Go to the PhD Pathways Panel Recordings.

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