The goal of the Rutgers University’s iJOBS Program (interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists) is to expose biomedical PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to the large variety of non-academic career options as well as give them skills useful for academic careers. iJOBS is funded by a grant from the NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training initiative and was established in January 2015 to serve the graduate students and postdocs at both the New Brunswick/Piscataway and Newark Rutgers campuses. There are 4 phases of the iJOBS program. Phase 1, iNQUIRE, is open to anyone who wants to participate and consists of career panels covering a range of career paths including, among others, Science and Health Policy, Intellectual Property Management, Industrial Development & Business Management, Clinical and Regulatory Testing Support, Health & Science Data Analysis, Science Writing, Non-profit Organizations, Publishing, Science Education, and Finance. Trainees also can participate in site visits to industrial partners, networking sessions with professionals, and workshops. SciPhD is an intensive workshop offered over five Sundays focused on enhancing communication, leadership, teamwork, business, negotiation, and project management skills. In Phase 2, iNITIATE, trainees formally commit to the iJOBS program and apply to take part in intensive training and coursework for their career track of choice. Industrial partners demonstrate the career’s practical side with hosting of shadowing and mentoring activities. Throughout, individual development plans document the journey and a mentor pod guides and advise trainee progress. Within Phase 3, iMPLEMENT, resume, and application packages are honed and interview skills perfected with iJOBS training and coaching. Focused career fairs showcase suitable career opportunities and provide industrial partners access to these professionally competent candidates. Upon successful career placement, iJOBS program alumni are encouraged to share their wisdom with new iJOBS trainees in Phase 4, iNSTRUCT as they serve as mentors, event hosts, and shadow partners.
Click here for a document file of the above paragraph.