Gaeun (Gwenn) Seo
Senior Associate Director, Graduate Student Career Development
Gaeun provides career-related programming and career advising for graduate students on all aspects of career planning for both the academic and non-academic searches. She coordinates workshops, panels, professional development, Meetups and other recruiting events for graduate students.
Come in to get started, get informed or just to get motivated. Reserve your appointment time through Handshake. These appointments are for graduate students of all levels and disciplines. Topics may include career exploration, creating a job search plan, discussing networking and experiential opportunities.
Handshake is the Princeton Career Service’s online platform for career development and job searching. You can explore available jobs and internships or find company connections. Additionally, you can upload resumes and other documents and apply through the platform. All Career Services events and activities are also listed in Handshake for easy access.
Explore Career Services for the full complement of career resources available to graduate students.
- Department Career Resources
- Connecting with Alumni
- Professional Associations
- Science Career Resources
- Career Center Links
- Selected Career Topics
- Science Policy Career Resources
- Consulting Career Resources
For professional development resources, visit Princeton's GradFUTURES, which provides you with a framework to build competencies and skills that support your scholarly and research goals while preparing you for professional success within your chosen field of endeavor.
Departmental Career Resources
MOL BIO holds a day-long career panel every two years featuring panelists who are graduate alumni of the department, and includes panelists who have pursued non-academic careers in science. The event is organized by the graduate students. The next career panel is scheduled for Fall 2022.
The Rutgers University iJOBS Program
iJOBS, funded by the National Institutes of Health, prepares biomedical scientists for a range of careers in five professional tracks: i) science and health policy, ii) business management, iii) intellectual property management, iv) clinical and regulatory sciences, and v) health and science data analysis. The program is designed to complement time spent outside of lab and to maintain research as the primary trainee focus, while offering programming to broaden trainees' perspectives, experiences and knowledge to facilitate pursuit of non-academic careers. Princeton graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to register for upcoming events on iJOBS.
Individual Development Plans
Each graduate student in the department is required to have an Individual Development Plan (IDP). After completion of your IDP, you should discuss the plan with your advisor.
Researchers from BMS periodically hold office hours on campus for graduate students and postdocs interested in discussing work in the pharmaceutical industry. The department and BMS are currently planning a day-long “day-in-the-life” industry event on the BMS campus.
Current graduate student Mark Esposito manages a LinkedIn site for graduates of the PhD programs in the natural sciences at Princeton. You may request to join this group on LinkedIn. The group is called Princeton University Graduate Science Alumni.
If you know you are interested in a specific field or company, the Graduate Administrator can provide names of graduates of the department who have pursued specific types of careers.
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Speaker Series
Each year the Department, in partnership with the Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations hosts 1-3 Chief Scientific Officers to speak to the department. Past speakers have included the CSOs of BMS, Johnson & Johnson and Celgene. Suggestions for future speakers are welcome.
Connecting with Alumni
Alumni are an excellent resource for insight on your major, graduate or professional school or career. There are several ways for current students to connect with Princeton's network.
Search the alumni directory by employer to find alumni using the “Custom Search”. You will also find career-focused discussion groups.
Tiger Career Community LinkedIn Group
Connect with Princeton students, alumni, faculty and parents committed to helping each other with career development and related topics.
Regional alumni associations
Find alumni in other countries or specific regions of the U.S. Contact the leadership of each to uncover social events, or to meet alumni during breaks.
LinkedIn Alumni Search Tools
Connect with Princeton alumni using the "alumni search" features.
Professional associations are groups of people with like career interests. Joining and participating in these associations can be very valuable to you in your job search and future career. Professional associations provide networking opportunities, present timely industry information and often support career focused resources and often job postings in your field of interest.
Science Career Resources
Career Center Links
External Job Search Links Courtesy of Gaeun Seo
Senior Associate Director, Gaeun Seo, updates a list of external job search links on her website.
The Versatile Ph.D.
Find insight on Ph.D. career paths, resumes and cover letters by PhDs who got the job. Premium content access is provided courtesy of the Graduate School. Log in to access the premium content area.
All Princeton undergraduates, graduate students and alumni can create a free CareerShift account to access in-depth information about contacts, get up-to-date information including e-mail addresses for millions of companies and find related job postings. Log in to CareerShift.
Vault is the world’s leading source of career information to efficiently research employers, industries and career subjects. Free access for Princeton students, courtesy of the University Library. Log in to Vault
Glassdoor gives you an inside look at jobs and companies, providing anonymous reviews and salary data from employees and interview candidates. Free access for Princeton students.
Career One Stop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop provides resources to assist job seekers at any level in their careers.
Selected Career Topics
Science Policy Career Resources
Consulting Career Resources
LinkedIn PhD to Consulting