Non-Academic Careers

More than 50% of STEM PhD graduates leave academia after graduation. Fewer still end up as group leaders with permanent positions (more info can be found here). Despite these statistics many graduate students and postdocs feel stigma towards actively pursuing a non-academic career during their studies. In our own small way, we hope to change this – we want to create a network of people trained in developmental biology who support each other throughout their (non-academic) careers. Developmental biologists who have successfully transitioned out of academia are sharing both how and why they left on our career stories page. We hope that their stories will give you the confidence to make the decision that is right for you. In addition, we have created a toolkit of transferable skills worth developing during your PhD and postdocs, and the opportunities to do so. Our CV tips page describes (transferable) skills that are uniquely honed in developmental biology.

Please do get in touch if you have a career story you feel would make a good addition to our site, feel we have missed a skill or opportunity in our toolkit or just have thoughts on how we can make this site better for you.