Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a list of questions commonly asked by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are interested in the PCLP program.
If there are any other questions or clarification required, please contact us!
PCLP’s Seven-Step Curriculum
We keep our groups small, typically five to eight. The small size ensures that everyone in the group can participate and discuss their career preparation progress.
For PhD students, we suggest they join the program sometime between the 3rd and 5th year in their program. We are open to all students at different stages in their PhD tenure; however, some of the parts of the program may not be as relevant for less senior students. Participants earlier in their academic graduate careers may have additional priorities (i.e. classes or teaching), and we would like to be mindful of student’s time at all stages of their career.
As Master’s students have a more limited time in their program, we welcome their participation at any point during their programs.
For postdoctoral scholars, we suggest they join the program as soon as they begin their appointment.
We welcome participants at all stages of their career exploration journeys.
Identifying a potential career is only one of the early steps of PCLP. Most of the program involves engaging in career preparation activities in a consistent manner as part of a student cohort. Once a participant has a career goal in mind, PCLP will help them carve out dedicated time in their schedule to engage in activities like informational interviews, job research, and some active steps to expand their networks.