Program Details

Career Pathways: Learning Beyond Grad School

Students who are about to graduate face a dizzying array of choices. Do they continue on an academic path beyond a PhD, or do they or consider several non-academic career options within industry, government, agencies, etc.? Even if they’ve secured a PhD in Science, less than 10% of STEM PhDs pursue academia.

AAAS has created this program with the career needs of STEM students in mind. AAAS will support college and university career offices with this program to ensure alignment with them as they do the critical work of guiding graduate STEM students. Our new Career Pathways: Learning Beyond Grad School program prepares graduate students for the real-life challenges – and opportunities – that await beyond the classroom and helps them explore and pursue their career dreams. The program comprises eight courses, two elective courses and a series of exclusive supporting tools: Job aids, a career pathway map, sample resumes and cover letters, role play scenarios and more.

This program will help students learn how to:

  • Identify career options and learn how to prepare for them
  • Create a strategy for the job they want
  • Write a resume
  • Network
  • Engage with public audiences
  • Communicate science in a way that is easily understood by non-scientists
  • Work in diverse teams
  • Get involved in science funding by understanding the Federal budget process
  • Prepare a proposal that ranks well with a review panel

The Program includes all of the following components.

Eight Core Courses:

  • What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You
  • Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement
  • Understanding the Federal R&D Budget
  • Resume Writing for Graduate Students & Postdocs
  • How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career
  • Preparing for a Successful Job Interview
  • Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional
  • How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

Two Elective Courses (not required for certificate of completion):

  • Engaging in Science Policy
  • How to Communicate with Congress

Program-Exclusive Learning Tools

  • Four interactive role play scenarios:
    • Negotiating a salary
    • Handling conflict in the lab
    • Handling conflict outside of the lab
    • Working with your PI
  • Sample resumes and cover letters
  • Access to job postings

Quizzes: Individual course quizzes

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Course Authors

Instructor: Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Program, AAAS

Shirley Malcom is head of education and human resources at AAAS. In this position, she works to improve quality of and increase access to education and careers in STEM. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. She served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from Penn State, masters from UCLA and bachelor’s from the University of Washington, both in zoology. Dr. Malcom chaired the NAS Committee on Barriers and Opportunities to 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degree Completion. She serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

Instructor: Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

A science communications and public engagement professional, Ms. Braha is responsible for the management of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. Since 2004, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement has worked to further awareness of science and the scientific process, and increase public input into scientific research and policy agendas, encouraging and facilitating dialogue among policymakers, the general public and the scientific community. Braha’s work encourages scientists to take a more personal and proactive interest in public engagement using evidence-based approaches. She previously worked in civic engagement, science education and science communications at the National Academy of Sciences and other organizations.

Instructor: Matthew Hourihan, R&D Budget and Policy Program Director, AAAS

Mr. Hourihan is a regular source of information and analysis on past, present and future science budgets for policymakers and the scientific community, having served in this position since 2011. Prior to joining AAAS, he served as a clean energy policy analyst at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Previously, he served as Jan Schori Fellow at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. As a student, he interned with the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Congress, which is now the Office of Government Relations. He earned a Master’s degree in public policy with a focus on science and technology policy at George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College. Prior to graduate school, he worked for five years as a cause communications professional and an award-winning journalist.

Instructor: Dr. Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

Dr. Josh Henkin is a Program Manager at The Tauri Group, where he leads teams that provide a full range of technical and programmatic support to Department of Defense (DoD) vaccine and therapeutic development programs. He contributes a blend of management support, subject matter expertise, strategic planning, risk management and knowledge of the FDA regulatory landscape. Prior to his current role, Dr. Henkin joined Medtronic as a Principal Field scientist in its cardiac rhythm disease management division where he managed a portfolio of investigator-initiated clinical trials to promote innovative research with implantable cardiac devices. In 2004 he was a recipient of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and worked closely with the DoD as a scientific adviser for the Undersecretary of Defense for Laboratories and Basic Sciences, creating policies and managing basic science programs. After years of successfully mentoring STEM job-seekers, Dr. Henkin founded STEM Career Services in 2014, a career coaching company aimed at helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates launch and sustain careers outside of academia. Henkin and his team of instructors conduct workshops and provide career counseling to STEM graduates at all levels of their careers. These efforts have earned him a position on the National Postdoctoral Association Board of Directors, where he sits on the executive committee and serves as the nonprofit’s treasurer.

Instructor: Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, AAAS

Ms. Heath handles a range of policy issues of interest to the scientific community with a particular focus on biomedical and public health research as well as public and policy engagement. She co-chairs the Coalition for National Science Funding and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy Coalition, heads the selection committee for the AAAS Science and Technology Congressional Fellowships and sits on the steering committee of the Golden Goose Awards. She holds a Master of Science with Merit in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to graduate school, she spent years as a journalist in Washington D.C., most notably as a science policy reporter and columnist for the National Journal.

Instructor: Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

Sean Gallagher is a senior government relations officer handling a wide range of policy issues and focuses on engaging and encouraging scientists to demonstrate their value to their peers, the media and policy makers. Prior to joining AAAS, Sean spent more than seven years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to five members of Congress, helping represent districts in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and California, and most recently was a policy advisor to Representative Rush Holt from central New Jersey. Sean specialized in science and technology issues, and also has experience in military and veterans affairs as well health care reform. Sean has a Master’s Degree in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Villanova University.

Instructor: Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

Peter Carley has over twenty years of experience in human resources management and organizational development. He has consulted with and worked for start-ups, large scale international organizations, nonprofits, and individuals interested in maximizing their career and compensation growth. Peter has a particular passion for helping organizations and leaders manage their people more effectively: fully leveraging their performers with the most potential; providing tools to turn around problem employees; and successfully separating employees who are not a good fit for the organization. Peter also provides organizational development consulting and guidance, specifically around retreat planning and facilitation, organization-wide goal setting and efficient meeting management.

Instructor: Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, New York State Society of Professional Engineers

Anthony Fasano (PE) is proud to serve as the Executive Director for The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, whose mission is to advocate licensure, promote the ethical, competent and lawful practice of engineering and enhance the image and interests of members and the engineering profession. Fasano is also the founder of The Engineering Career Coach Company, through which he is dedicated to creating content for engineers to help them develop their non-technical skills so they can become more well-rounded. He is also a speaker and author, having appeared in a TEDx talk and written the bestselling book Engineer Your Own Success. He has also conducted numerous webinars, webcasts, presentations and interviews, and has two top-rated iTunes podcasts for engineering professionals.

Program Overview

Duration: 10-14 hours


  • Eight core courses
  • Two elective courses
  • Program-exclusive learning tools

Course quizzes
Certificate of completion

  • Earn up to 10 PDHs

$349 for Members!



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