Career Planning Resources

The Vanderbilt ASPIRE program is administered through the BRET Office of Career Development which provides a variety of career resources for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical and biological sciences. Whether you're looking for a post-doc or a job, or just exploring your options, click on a link below to access a wealth of information related to professional development and careers in science.

Other resources in the community:

  • Life Science Tennessee is the life science industry advocacy organization in Tennessee with 74 member organizations include companies, universities, research institutes, government and economic development groups.  Students and postdocs can also be part of the Life Science TN Academic Alliance, which gives them access to many Life Science TN activities. plus additional opportunities to learn and network with local companies and entrepreneurs. 
  • TechVenture Challenge  is an annual business plan competition for trainees to develop commercialization strategies for protected VU technologies. The event is organized and run by doctoral and professional students from the Schools of Medicine, Management, Engineering, and Law. Sponsors include the VU Tech Transfer office, BRET, and others. 
  • Vanderbilt Editors’ Club is a group of VUMC trainees who provide free editorial services for their peers. Trainees edit manuscripts and grants (great experience for careers in medical writing and editing or academics!). In addition, the Editors’ Club holds professional development meetings to polish their editing skills and learn about careers in editing. The Editors’ Club is sponsored by BRET Office and Dr. Kim Petrie is their faculty advisor. 

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