Orientation Resources

These resources, such as seminars, specialized career services, and professional organizations, will help you understand the important impact that early career development planning will have upon your ultimate career success and satisfaction. See ADAPT ™ Orientation for more information about this stage.

Graduate Students & Postdocs

Orientation Seminars

These seminars are designed to be a call to action for doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees to take ownership of their career planning and professional development in the same way that they are responsible for their scholarly development. Receive a broad overview of career development resources available at the University, as well as start to build a framework for future career planning.

  • Coming Soon! DPCD Doctoral Introduction to Career Planning and Development Webinars
  • DPCD Postdoctoral Introduction to Career Planning and Development | 
    Learn More
  • Postdoctoral Orientation to Career Development Seminar | Learn More


Career Development Plan (CDP), also known as an Individual Development Plan (IDP), is a useful tool to help you map and track your career development strategies. The University has developed templates to help you conceptualize your career development planning. Learn More


Graduate Students

Career Services

The Career Center provides University of Pittsburgh doctoral students career services and resources during their career journey.

Current graduate school services are available for:

  • Swanson School of Engineering
  • Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Nursing

Schools with their own career centers:


The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) is the student government for all graduate and professional students at the University of Pittsburgh. GPSG connects graduate students to Pitt administrators, as well as to useful events and resources.




National Postdoctoral Association

The University of Pittsburgh is an institutional member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a national organization whose mission is to improve the overall postdoctoral experience. Pitt postdocs are eligible for a FREE membership. (Instructions: Select "Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc" to sign up.)

University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association

In addition to the national organization, the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association's mission is to facilitate a more constructive and positive experience for postdoctoral professionals that will benefit postdocs at the University of Pittsburgh alike.


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