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
PCLP’s Seven-Step Curriculum
Self-Assessment: Identify interests, skills, and values and use these to focus on careers that would
promote the greatest satisfaction.
Research Career Match: Investigate diverse careers that fit with self-assessment findings.
Informational Interviews: Gain first-hand knowledge about a career of interest by interviewing real people
with that job.
Skills Identification: Identify core skills required in the target career and learn to recognize transferable
skills from graduate training.
Skill Building: Identify strategies for building relevant skills.
Resume/CV Writing: Craft a customized CV or resume for the target career, aided by peer review and
feedback from industry experts.
Networking & Plan for the Future: Learn strategies to engage new networks, and develop concrete next steps for continuing
Typically, PCLP only takes a few hours a week. PCLP groups are scheduled to meet once
every two weeks. Standard meetings last for approximately an hour and a half. The
additional work required for each meeting varies, but can generally be performed within
relatively short time within the biweekly-long span between meetings.
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.
Yes! We allow Master’s students from every program to join. The program lasts one
full semester, so Master’s students will need to decide how this fits into their program
The short answer is no. PCLP does not provide jobs. Instead, over seven meetings,
PCLP will help prepare you for your job search when the time comes. If you need a
job on a shorter timescale, we encourage you to seek out the other career development
resources available at Stony Brook University, such as the
Preparing yourself for a competitive job market gives you the best chance of success.
PCLP can help you focus your career search and build a path that’s right for you.
The job search skills you will gain through PCLP will prepare you for when you do
need a job.
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
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.
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