Take a closer look at yourself!
- Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory® provides research-validated insights to help you in your search for a rich, fulfilling career. The Strong empowers users to discover their true interests so they can better identify, understand, and often expand their career options.
If you are interested in taking this assessment, please contact the Career Counseling Center to set up an individual appointment with a career counselor.
NOTE: this assessment is available to postbacs only. If you are a summer intern, contact your university/school career center to find out about assessments they offer.
- Exercises to help you explore your values, skills, and interests
Graduate/professional school advising appointments
If you schedule an appointment with Dr. Higgins (or an OITE Career Counselor or Dr. Sokolove or Dr. Milgram), be certain to prepare in advance. This is true whether you would like to discuss a personal statement or experience a mock interview. If you cannot attend a workshop on the topic in person, then watch the videocast of an earlier workshop on the topic. If you wish to discuss a personal statement, write and edit it carefully prior to the appointment. If you have scheduled a mock interview, practice examples of possible responses in advance.
- Sign up for an individual appointment with Dr. William Higgins
Graduate and Professional School Advising
Limitations on Pre-professional Advising for Applicants to Graduate and Professional School:
The OITE is committed to assisting postbacs and summer interns with the application process for graduate and professional (medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.) school. However, given the large number of trainees interested in this service and the need for application materials to reflect the applicants' interests and skills, we want to clarify the extent and nature of the services we can provide.
- The Office of Career Services will review one final draft of a personal statement for graduate or professional school. The Staff will not review secondary application essays or review a statement more than once. An applicant may request a review from only one OITE staff member.
- Counselors and other OITE staff members will review the content of personal statements, including the structure and organization of the essay and whether the message intended by the applicant is being effectively communicated. The service does not include correction of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. We will refer trainees to grammar and punctuation resources, many of which are now available on our Writing Resources page.
- Staff members in the Office of Career Services and other OITE staff members will assist applicants with preparation for interviews. Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as extreme anxiety, applicants will be eligible for only one mock interview or discussion of the interview process.
- Overall, the OITE staff will meet with applicants a maximum of twice during the pre-application season. The two-appointment limit will apply to application review, interview preparation, and pre-med advising. Trainees may schedule additional visits should they need assistance with other career planning issues.
- The OITE Staff members will review an applicant's FINAL version the of AMCAS personal statement and, if time permits during an appointment, the FINAL draft of the AMCAS Activities section. This review occurs after AMCAS opens in early May and before the applicant submits the final AMCAS application in early June. An applicant may receive one such review.
- OITE advisers do not replace an applicant's university pre-medical committee, and therefore do not review personal statements for these groups.
Applicants wishing to get advice about personal statements for professional school should register for and attend the OITE-sponsored workshop WRITING PERSONAL STATEMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL on 1 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in Room 620/630 of Building 35.
NOTE: Prior to making an appointment, trainees are expected to have attended the relevant pre-med or graduate school workshops or viewed them on the OITE Web site and, if appropriate, edited their personal statements accordingly.
Understanding standardized tests
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – usually required for international students
- Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)
- Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
- VMCAS Applicant Requirements
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Preparing your statement of purpose
Interviewing for professional school: Slides from OITE presentation; View videocast
- Sign up for an appointment with a career counselor
- What can I do with a degree in...
- Conduct informational interviews
- Visit Career Center library (2nd floor, Building 2, NIH Bethesda campus)
Getting materials ready
Job search strategies
- Generate a list of networking contacts
- Networking! Networking! Networking! View videocast from OITE presentation
- Sign up for LinkedIn ; How to Use LinkedIn Effectively
- Join the NIH LinkedIn Group
- Find contacts locally
- Join professional associations in your current field (if known) or field of interest (using the Encyclopedia of Associations, available at your local library, or conducting an online search using area of interest and keyword "association" or "society")
- Attend career fairs
- Apply to jobs directly through websites of specific organizations
- Use job listing websites specific to your fields of interest (see Additional online resources, below)
- Preparing for an interview, sample interview questions
- Preparing for Your Professional School Interview (handout)
- Interviewing Blitz slides from the 2011 Career Symposium
- Schedule a mock interview with Career Services
- Keeping a Lab Notebook (View the Webinar; Download the slides and a written transcript)
- Attending Your First Scientific Meeting (View the Webinar; Download the slides and a written transcript)
- Lab Math I: Exponents, Units, and Scientific Notation (View the Webinar; Download the slides and a written transcript)
- Lab Math II: Solutions and Dilutions (View the Webinar; Download the slides a written transcript)
- Reading a Scientific Article (View the Webinar; Download the slides; Download a written transcript)