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Doctoral recipients in the biomedical sciences and STEM fields are showing increased interest in career opportunities beyond academic positions. While recent research has addressed the interests and preferences of doctoral trainees for non-academic careers, the strategies and resources that trainees use to prepare for a broad job market non-academic are poorly understood. The recent adaptation of the Social Cognitive Career Theory to explicitly highlight the interplay of contextual support mechanisms, individual career search efficacy, and self-adaptation of job search processes underscores the value of attention to this explicit career phase. Our research addresses the factors that affect the career search confidence and job search strategies of doctoral trainees with non-academic career interests and is based on nearly 900 respondents from an NIH-funded survey of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences at two U.S. universities. Using structural equation modeling, we find that trainees pursuing non-academic careers, and-or with low perceived program support for career goals, have lower career development and search process efficacy CDSE, and receive different levels of support from their advisors-supervisors. We also find evidence of trainee adaptation driven by their career search efficacy, and not by career interests.



Author: Rebekah St. Clair, Tamara Hutto, Cora MacBeth, Wendy Newstetter, Nael A. McCarty, Julia Melkers

Source: http://plos.srce.hr/



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