Career Paths Mentorship Program

Interested in signing up for the BGS Career Paths Mentoring Program?

There are still open spots available. Sign up here by February 4, 2022!

Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) provides professional development opportunities to our graduate trainees. This year, we are piloting the Career Paths Mentorship Program with BGS Alumni Mentors. This program is designed to assist graduate trainees with their career development by facilitating connections and long term interactions with alumni from our program who can aid in career exploration and decisions.

We are excited to start off this program to benefit our trainees' professional development!

Career Paths Mentorship Program Information

Mentoring groups are composed of current PhD trainees and alumni volunteer mentors. Groups will meet monthly over the course of an academic year.

The goals of this program are to: 

  1. Facilitate frequent and long-lasting interactions between trainees and alumni

  2. Encourage networking and professional development including relationship building, teamwork, and mentoring

  3. Provide advice on exploratory approaches to different career paths to effectively compare and contrast future career options 

Each mentoring group will share career advice, develop action plans, and discuss outcomes.

Overview of the Program

  • BGS Alumni Mentor Recruitment (Summer-Fall)

  • BGS Alumni Mentor Training (Virtual Video)

  • Kick Off Event (Nov)

  • Graduate Trainee Sign Ups (by Dec 10th)

  • Monthly Mentoring Groups (Jan-May)

  • Wrap Up Event (June)

If you have any questions about the program, or would like to assist with coordinating the program, please reach out to Kylie Konrath and Kim Apodaca.
  • Time Commitment is 20-21 hours total throughout the academic year (Sept-June)

    • Kick off Event and Pre-program Survey (1 hour)

    • Mandatory BGS Alumni Mentor Training (1 hour, mentors only, to take place before monthly mentoring groups begin to meet)

    • Monthly Mentoring Groups (2 hours per month over the 9 months of the program [Oct-June] (18 hours total)

    • Wrap Up Event and Final Survey (1 hour) 


  • Evaluate your Values

  • Create a Career Path Tree

  • Create a Mentoring Map

  • Developing Confidence, Aligning Expectations, and Speaking Up for Yourself

  • Finding Opportunities to Improve Transferable Skills: Communication, Writing, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Leadership, Adaptability

  • Transitioning from Graduate School to your Career

  • Network/Mentor Map Building

  • Applying for Jobs, Negotiating Salaries, and Leaving Jobs


What if I don’t know what Group to Sign Up for, because I don’t know what career I’m interested in or what careers I want to learn more about?

Explore BGS Career Development Career Paths Videos to learn more about different career paths to determine what mentor group may fit your current interests (link here:

If I sign up for one group, can I switch to another later?

At this time we do not have a way to switch between mentoring groups. However, this could be a possibility in the future as the program expands.

How do I sign up to be a mentor?

You can sign up to be a mentor here:

How do I sign up as a graduate student trainee?

Attend the Kick Off Event in October and Fill out the survey to sign up for the program and pick your mentoring group. Remember, space is limited in these groups (to keep them small), so sign up ASAP, if you’re interested.

I would love to help out with this initiative. How can I help?

Great! You can sign up to help out with this initiative here:

What if I have questions about the program?

No problem. Please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator: Laura Ohl (