Graduate Programs in Bioscience is committed to training students to become leaders and equipping them with the necessary skills to be innovators in their chosen fields. Our program’s interdisciplinary approach to learning offers individualized training and career-building opportunities that prepare students for successful research-intensive careers in academia, industry, government, and other sectors. We also cultivate our students’ interests in the breadth of research-related careers for which bioscience PhD training prepares them—careers where the biomedical and life sciences meet education, entrepreneurship, policy analysis, law and management. With a vision towards our students’ futures, Graduate Programs in Bioscience provides comprehensive career and professional development opportunities that empower our students to explore bioscience careers that positively impact society as a whole.

UCLA is a leader in supporting graduate students in career exploration, preparation, and job search. Experts placed throughout the campus work together to understand and address the needs of all trainees, with specific efforts directed towards bioscience Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars.

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Campus resources and services available include:

  • “Get Connected” Career and Professional Development Opportunities: This curated list of events is designed to enrich the academic experiences of graduate students and to provide career and professional development opportunities.
  • Grad School Hacks: (Previously “Maximizing Success in the First Year”) provides discussion of strategies for effective integration into a Ph.D. program (including lab and department) and offers a forum for students to share experiences with peers and build community. 
  • Handshake: An extensive professional development website that offers insight and expertise on career preparation for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.  An essential source for events, workshops, and speakers geared towards the career development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across campus.
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP): An online career-planning tool to help students assess skills and interest, identify academic and career goals and develop a step-by-step plan to accomplish them.
  • UCLA Career Center: Offers a wide range of career resources and services, such as one-on-one career counseling, professional development conferences, workshops, job fairs, and on campus recruiting.  Services such as general and discipline-specific Graduate Student Career Conferences and professional development workshops, specifically focused on graduate students and offer preparation for academic or non-academic careers paths.
  • UCLA Career Preparation Toolkit: A guide for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that provides both guidance about how to create a career road map and practical tools for getting jobs and building successful careers.
  • Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC): Resources, programs and workshops that serve to meet the needs and interests of the UCLA graduate and professional student community; from career services and child care to housing, health and wellness.
  • Business of Science Center: A multidisciplinary community of students and professionals that inspire “innovation and entrepreneurship” as a way to transfer academic advances to a larger public sphere.
  • Center for Education, Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS):  A collaborative community of instructors committed to advancing teaching excellence, assessment, diversity, and scholarship, resulting in the enhancement of student learning experiences in the Life and Physical Sciences.  Activities designed to advance Ph.D. student teaching skills include the STEM Education Research Journal Club, Career Development resources, and the Teaching Assistant Training Initiative.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities