WORKFORCE

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Science  28 Jul 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6349, pp. 367-368
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6349.367-b

As doctoral recipients in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields increasingly move to nonacademic positions, graduate training programs struggle to design strategies and resources that prepare graduates for a broad job market. St. Clair et al. investigated factors that affect the career search confidence and job search strategies of doctoral trainees. Using data from an NIH-funded survey of biomedical doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, the team found that trainee perceptions of institutional support show that how trainees perceive their support systems (or lack thereof) has a strong direct effect on their career search efficacy, as well as the types of career development strategies that they adopt. Although this research shows the importance of programmatic support, what constitutes such a positive culture remains unknown.

PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0177035 (2017).

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