Career Development Programs and Events


This fundamental program covers topics such as career management, career exploration, career path selection, networking, goal setting and developing an individual development plan. It is run annually, beginning each Fall. Visit the IDP Program page for more information. 

The Academic Application Boot Camp is designed to help postdocs preparing to enter the job market develop their academic application materials.  This series is offered each year during the summer to prepare applicants for the fall application cycle. For more information visit the Academic Application Boot Camp page.

These workshops focus on creating a targeted resume, a professional CV, drafting a persuasive cover letter, interviewing effectively, strategically networking, and managing one's career. Individual workshops from this series will be held monthly, with each workshop being held 1-3 times per year. 

Click here to view the recorded lectures from the Career Advancement Series

OPA organizes an annual Postdoc Research Symposium to create an opportunity for postdocs to present their research and learn about the research that other postdocs are carrying out.

This annual series exposes trainees to a variety of career opportunities that exist for doctoral level researchers. This program is run annually in the winter and spring. Please see the IDP program website listed above for information on the career panels.

OPA organizes a number of networking and employer events throughout the year. These include networking events with postdoc alumni, employer on-campus and virtual recruitment/info sessions, as well as employer site visits. OPA also advertises internship and employment opportunities throughout the year.   

There are a large number of events and programs that occur throughout the year that are not organized by OPA, but would be of interest to postdocs. We organize these events into the 'Weekly Listing of Events" email, sent out to postdocs on our email list every Thursday. Click to see events and resources relevant to postdocs from other offices at Columbia as well as external resources