Course Details

What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You

This course explores the many career pathways available to graduate students and those who will be graduating in the near future. What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You addresses several questions regarding what comes next, including: How to stand out as a candidate for research; other options available in education and how to prepare for them; improving communication skills; going out into the job markets for careers in non-educational, policy/advocacy and outreach; unpacking and promoting your skill sets, planning your strategy for the job you want and reconciling your work/life balance. What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You also includes interviews with prestigious Science & Technology Policy Fellowship alumni who discuss what the program meant to them and the profound effect it had on their careers.
This course will help you:

  1. Identify career options available to you
  2. Improve your communication skills
  3. Promote your skill sets
  4. Strategize for the job you want

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Course Author

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Instructor: Shirley Malcom

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.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour

  • Making yourself an attractive candidate
  • Other options in education
  • Developing your teaching experience
  • Non-educational careers
  • Unpacking your skill sets
  • Noticing professional opportunities
  • Work/life balance


Quizzes: 1 quiz


  • Certificate of completion
  • Earn 1 PDH

This course is also available in the Career Pathways Program

$39 for Members!



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