The revolution in modern biomedical science has resulted in an unprecedented wealth of opportunities for biology Ph.D.’s. Students at the Division of Medical Sciences are now interested in pursuing a diversity of career tracks, including biotechnology, law, consulting, science policy, science communication, and education. DMS is fully supportive of this, and to support our students’ career aspirations, we have established the Paths Program as an enrichment program. DMS Paths is an engaging and interactive program, allowing students to increase self-knowledge in the assessment of their own career trajectory by exposing them to a variety of non-traditional career paths, and by providing opportunities to hone the professional expertise necessary to succeed in these careers. The twofold aim of Paths – the expansion of career knowledge and the development of professional skills – is carried out through an interactive and innovative curriculum, consisting of professional development workshops, the Pathfinder Course, mentoring, and a certificate program. The Paths Program also works collaboratively to support many of our student led organizations. We believe that our students have invaluable insight and talents to contribute to many diverse career fields, and we are excited to see their professional development unfold.
The Paths Program allows students to self-navigate their individual paths of professional development with diverse opportunities for career education, preparation, and networking. The most formal of these opportunities is the Paths Certificate Program, although students make take advantage of many Paths-related activities without formal enrollment in the certificate program. The Ph.D. Pathfinder Course is an annually offered nanocourse in which industry leaders and experts share insights and guidance through reflections on their own career paths. The Paths Program also works closely with and supports many GSAS and HMS student organizations, including the Biotech Club, Science in the News, HPREP, JEI, and more. These student-run groups organize many formal and informal educational activities throughout the year, which can count towards obtaining a Paths Certificate. The DMS Paths program also works collaboratively with organizations and companies throughout the greater Boston area to create opportunities for internships, and to connect students with leading experts in various cutting-edge industries.