During Your Training
Don't just bury your head in your own research! Keep exploring by taking advantage of all your UT Southwestern resources and opportunities. Keep your future personal and professional goals in mind as you go along. Your postdoc training is part of your journey, but it’s not the final destination.
Get the maximum benefit from your mentor. Helpful details can be found in the AAMC Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors.
Build your own community and network:
- Attend excellent seminars both within your scientific discipline and in new areas.
- Join social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
- Participate in activities hosted by the Postdoctoral Association.
- Join student clubs.
Align your expectations with those of your mentor. Find common ground where you can both benefit and thrive. Consider how you take and give feedback (video).
Dig Into Coursework
Our Postdoc Certificate Programs offer multiple tracks, each designed for completion over two years. Organized along the lines of continuing professional training, courses are graded on a pass/fail system. You earn a certificate after completing 15 credit hours of training.
Coursework Varies by Certificate Track
All postdocs begin with the Research Certificate. This track requires:
- A Responsible Conduct of Research course
- Writing an Individual Development Plan
- A Career Advancement course
After completing the Research Certificate, postdocs may select from the following Advanced Certificate Offerings:
- Advanced Research
- Scientific Management
- Educational Techniques
Pursue Career Development
Explore career development resources such as workshops, leadership training, and career-oriented clubs such as teaching or consulting clubs. If your career goals change or include options outside the academic setting, be sure to attend career path seminars hosted by the Graduate Career Development Office.
- Learn how to convert your academic CV into a resume.
- Consider writing your own fellowship and attending grant writing workshops.
- Make opportunities to present your research.
- Travel to scientific conferences and meetings.
- Attend seminars outside your area of interest. This is a great way to learn something new!
If you encounter any roadblocks in your training, UT Southwestern offers a variety of helpful resources.
Find the Answers You Need
- General questions or concerns – Postdoctoral Affairs Office
- Pay questions – your department/center administrator
- Visa questions – International Affairs Office
- Career or professional development questions – Graduate Career Development Office
- Health, Wellness, and Benefits resources – Student Health Services, Student Wellness and Counseling, Employee Assistance Program, Employee Benefits
- Discrimination questions or concerns – Office of Institutional Equity and Access or Graduate School Diversity and Inclusion Office
- Sexual Harassment questions or concerns – Title IX compliance
- Research misconduct concerns – Research Integrity Officer
- Compliance with university policies – Compliance Hotline, or call 877-507-7319 (concerns can be reported anonymously)
What’s after your training?
Wrap it up well.