Professional Development

The National Postdoctoral Association has identified six core competencies to guide your career and professional development:

  1. Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  2. Research skill development
  3. Communication skills
  4. Professionalism
  5. Leadership and management skills
  6. Responsible conduct of research

While your research experience and your mentor will help you to advance in the first two areas, we strongly recommend that you also invest time developing the remaining competencies. Our office and many others at Yale organize events throughout the year to assist you in your professional development. Explore the links below, and read our weekly email newsletter for a compendium of upcoming events.