Job simulations are an emerging tool for PhD-trained researchers. They give you the opportunity to explore various careers in a low- commitment, time-efficient manner. Simulations offer trainees a task that would be common in a career or profession of interest; they help you determine if the career would be a good fit for skills and interest.

Developed by the UCSF and Washington University St. Louis, InterSECT opens a new website provides a job simulation framework to:

  • explore careers,
  • develop SMART goals,
  • reflect on the simulation, and
  • conduct informational interviews with professionals in the field of interest to ask questions that arose from the experience.

After completing the simulation, you may choose to complete more formal training, such as course work, or pursue further experiential learning through participation in shadowing or an internship.

InterSECT has a robust simulation library to allow for exploration into a broad range careers.

Science Simulations

  • Business-related
  • Clinical trials
  • Data analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Freelance journalism and science communication
  • Intellectual property
  • Journal editiing
  • Medical writing
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Program management
  • Public health
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Research development
  • Science outreach and education
  • Support of science products
  • Teaching
  • University administration
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Humanities Simulations

  • Communications, public relations, and marketing
  • Consulting
  • Development
  • Diplomacy and mediation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Human services
  • K-12 education
  • Organizational management
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Research and analysis
  • Training
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Writing, publishing, and editing
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