The CWRU School of Medicine EnRICH Program provides career guidance and support to PhD and Master’s students pursuing biomedical science degrees and simultaneously develops partnerships with organizations and mentors who recognize the skills of such students. During paid or non-paid, short-term exposure or work experiences with employers/mentors, PhD and Master’s students explore future career opportunities, and employers network with and mentor talented and highly skilled students, further developing the talent pipeline for their organizations.
According to a recent NIH Biomedical Workforce Working Group report, only about 20 percent of PhD graduates will continue in academics in tenure-track research positions.
According to the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States, the number of jobs requiring an advanced degree is estimated to grow by 2.5 million by 2018. Of that number, those requiring a PhD are projected to increase 17 percent.
A mentor and student spend time together for a paid or non-paid work or exposure experience that is beneficial to both the employer and student. The timeframe and duration of the experience is flexible where the mentor and student agree on the duration of the work experience and to an hourly and weekly work schedule, some examples include:
During graduate school, students become trained in broad spectrums of professional skills required for their academic success and their success in the world of work.
During the experience, students will clarify career goals as he or she:
While mentoring a student during a short-term work experience, you will come to know how his or her talents and skills can add value to your organization. This time spent together can also serve as an extended interview for possible full-time employment.