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With the varied levels of interest, experience and career goals that postdocs may have, it is often hard to assess the needs of the individual. A one-on-one career advice and counseling service may be an appropriate idea for an institution to consider.

Many higher education institutions have a careers and employment service for their undergraduates, alumni and staff, and it could be negotiated to see if their advice and services could be open to postdocs, rather than having a dedicated member of the Postdoctoral Office taking on this responsibility. These departments could also be a source of trained personnel for an institution wishing to run workshops and study panels. Stanford University’s Career Development Center for Students runs a Career Counseling Service that is open to postdocs; they offer either a fifteen-minute walk-in service, or a longer appointment (forty-five minutes) can be made ahead of time by phone.

Other institutions having career counseling and advising resources that are targeted to or applicable for postdocs:

Some of the larger professional societies run career services and websites for their members.These are frequently offered as a regular part of the society’s annual meetings:

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