Career + Professional Development

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Outside the Classroom

Career networking. Volunteering. Mentoring. Shadowing. Internships. Entrepreneurship. Career exploration. Teaching. Professional Development. Discover and prepare for your career path with CWRU School of Medicine’s hands-on opportunities. 

Individual Development Plans (IDP)

Do you know what you want your career to look like in 5 or 10 years? Do you know the steps you need to get there? Do you have a plan laid out to make sure you get there in a timely manner? Individual Development Plans (IDPs) provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives and develops a plan for short term needs and tools to improve your current performance. Get started on a plan for your career right now! 

To learn more about Individual Development Plans

Career and Professional Development Resource Hub

Trying to figure out what career is best suited for you and what you need to prepare yourself for that career can be a daunting task. Where do you look for this information? How do you make the most of your time? We have started compiling useful resources that we have found that we think will be helpful for you as you plan (IDPs) and prepare for your career after graduate school. CWRU Single Sign On (SSO) required to access. 

To explore our Career and Professional Development Resource hub

Find a Career That You Love and Get Experience to Help You Get There

This voluntary program allows you to explore career options available for graduate students and get hands-on experience and interactions with local biomedical companies and organizations. Get a jump start on your career ambitions, and possibly find your first job! 

To learn more about EnRICH


Take your research from the bench to the market. Take that business idea you have always had in the back of your head and finally put in on paper and bring it to life! We have many resources to help nurture your entrepreneurial spirit and take you to that next level! 

To learn more about Entrepreneurship at the SOM

Gain Teaching Experience

This free program, designed specifically for PhD and postdocs, can help you take your teaching to the next level. Get some formal guidance in how to create and deliver a lesson that will effectively reach your students. Gain experience in the classroom that will help your application for a faculty position stand out to future hiring committees. 

To learn more about ExTEnD

Professional Development

Your time here in graduate school is more than just the classroom and research. Part of becoming a professional is defining your career goals, developing your soft skills and understanding who you are, an individual who will be working with many different people and in many different roles throughout your career lifetime. Make yourself stand out to future employers! Take advantage of all the opportunities we offer to help you enhance a skill that you will be perfecting for the remainder of your career; professional development! 

To learn more about Professional Development at the SOM