Entrepreneurial Careers

Research by its nature requires curiosity, creative thinking, and advanced problem solving abilities, and start-ups can often mimic graduate study-- flexible schedules, initial low salary, rewards for innovative work, meetings to present and defend ideas, and perseverance through rejection. PhDs who value independence and autonomy, and are interested in transferring their research into a business model, should consider an entrepreneurial career. It is important to note that PhDs may actually benefit from gaining job experience working for existing start-ups before starting a new one.  For more details on this career path, see outside resources like Versatile PhD

Career Exploration
(Year 1-2)
Core Competency Development
(Year 2-4)
Job Search
(Year 5+)

Various Career Panels and Speakers through TGS

One-on-One Appointments through NCA

Conduct an Informational Interview

Attend NU Club Events 

TGS Resources for New Students

NCA List of External Career Resources

NEXT Externship Program

GEO Community Practicum and Engagement Workshop

Explore Versatile PhD


Explore The Farley Center's opportunities, including NU Summer Accelerator.

Fellowship in Leadership 

One-on-One Counseling and Consultation through Center of Leadership 

Management for Scientists and Engineers 

Speaking and Presenting

RSG Research Communication Program

CLIMB Communication Resources for Scientists

Advanced Professional and Presentation Skills for Graduate Students Seminar


New TA Conference 

New TA Conference Workshop Leader

Writing and Research

Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshops and Consultations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships

Dissertation Bootcamp

Ongoing Writing Workshops

Graduate Writing One-on-One Consultations 

Kaplan Institute Affiliates Program

Kaplan Institute Research Workshops

NCA and TGS Workshops on Cover Letters, etc.

Prepare for Interviews with NCA 

Create a CareerCat Profile

One-on-One Appointments through NCA