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Careers: Planning Ahead

Planning for your career

Getting started thinking about your future career while you are still in college can help you make the most of opportunities at your fingertips at Calvin.

The role of your advisor

Research dayYour advisor has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of biology. He or she will be your best resource as you plan your future career, connecting you with the right program, research opportunities and professional contacts.

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Your course schedule

Choose advanced-level elective courses that relate to the career you'd like to work in after you graduate.

Expand your knowledge and experience

The biology department at Calvin provides countless opportunities for you to gain real experience in the field you'd like to enter.

Consider graduate study

Going to graduate school is a great way to deepen your knowledge of a specific area within or related to biology.

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Get to know the right people

Even while you're an undergraduate student, expanding your network of contacts within your target career field will help you make your way after graduation. A few ideas on how to build a professional network:

  • Get to know your professors. With their years of experience, they know many people in their fields that may be able to help establish your career.
  • Attend extracurricular lectures and seminars and introduce yourself to speakers. Department seminars are a good place to start, but watch for college-wide lectures like those offered in The January Series
  • Become involved in student clubs to start developing relationships with your future colleagues.
  • Do an off-campus internship with a local organization like the Van Andel Institute and keep in contact with those you work with there.
  • Work with a professor on a paper or presentation and co-present your findings at a professional conference.

Explore careers

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a great place to learn more about careers in biology, including those careers that are on the cutting edge of the field.

Some new directions in biology, according to the AIBS, include:

• Forensic science
• Science journalism
• Political policy work
• Business

Find your future

The American Institute of Biological Sciences offers a listing of member organizations that post jobs, internships and fellowships on their Web sites.