Develop a plan to use your time as an NIH trainee to grow and enhance your skills
Thriving at NIH means growing as a scientist, as a professional, and as a person. Therefore, you must think beyond your research and take a broad view of your NIH training experience. A helpful approach is to consider your training through the lens of professional skills that are considered to be important in healthcare, research, and research-related careers. We encourage you to focus on these professional skills as you plan your NIH training experience.
To plan a comprehensive training experience, view your training as having three overlapping, but distinct, phases. Explore our recommendations for allocating your time and effort and how to approach each of these phases below.
Finally, finding community can be vital to your success. Explore ways you can connect!
Recommendations for allocating your time and effort throughout your NIH training experience.
Phase 1: Arrival and integration
Set yourself up for a successful training experience
Phase 2: Working and achieving goals
Expand your skill set and explore your options for the future
Phase 3: Preparing to leave and leaving
Prepare to transition to your next professional role
Our resources can help you expand your professional skillset to support your success.
Connect with community
Explore communities and groups to connect with trainees and fellows