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Career Pathways Communities


Career Pathways Communities, a novel educational model developed as an initiative of our NIH BEST grant and first launched in Spring 2017, are peer learning communities--each themed around one of eight career pathways categories. Each Community is joined by two guest professionals (i.e., a Ph.D. scientist experienced in one or more careers within the career pathway) and facilitated by cBCD staff.

Learning objectives

By the end of the experience you will be able to…

  • Compare attributes of careers within the career pathway
  • Articulate how skills developed in an academic setting translate into the career pathway
  • Identify actions that will enable reaching your career-related goals
  • Reflect on your progress toward goals and seek support where needed

Additional benefits

  • Build connections with a professional in the career pathway
  • Build peer networks that will enable ongoing sharing of resources and experience
  • Support progress toward career-related actions identified in your Individual Development Plan


What are the Communities and when will they take place?

Each Career Pathways Community is themed around a different career pathway category (see Communties from prior years as examples). The next Communities are expected to take place in Spring 2023.

Eligibility and process for participation

BBS Ph.D. students: BBS Ph.D. students are required to participate in two Career Pathways Communities: one community in Spring of their third year, and a different community in Fall of their fourth year. The time commitment is estimated to be six hours per semester, along with brief homework to prepare for the meetings. 
To participate: Registration information will be listed here when the next Communities are held.

For postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students across all graduate programs: Postdocs and advanced students are encouraged to join Career Pathways Communities. Students in a stage of training earlier than third year should not apply. Postdocs and advanced students will be selected based on best fit for this learning opportunity, based on application responses. Update: due to limited resources in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, CPC may not be open for opt-in participation. Check back here and watch for email announcements to student/postdoc listservs.

View the archive of past Career Pathways Communities >