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Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School Career Services

MCW Graduate School Career Services offers a diverse array of services to help MCW graduate students and postdoctoral fellows explore and achieve their career goals.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to begin using the services early in their graduate career, which include individual career counseling, up-to-date and relevant career resources, workshops, and professional development programs.


Career Assistance

1 : 1 Career Counseling

1 : 1 Career Counseling

30 – 60 minute sessions for career related questions:
  • Career exploration
  • Career goal-setting
  • Career decision making
  • Job search
  • Occupational Information
  • Networking via social media
  • Resume (CV), cover letter, teaching statement
  • Interview skills coaching
  • Mock interview
  • Negotiation


Career Development Brown Bag Workshops, such as:
  • Building Your CV
  • Career in Industry
  • Transferable Skills
  • Job Hunting

Professional development: Large and small group workshops designed to aid student development in professional competency areas (i.e., Spotlight on Sciences)

Career Assistance Information & Resources

Explore Your Career

One of the most common mistakes made by young scientists is that they begin with a search for specific jobs in specific organizations, neglecting the foundational steps of self-assessment, exploring a variety of career options, and developing a focused plan for their careers before beginning the job search. That would be like running an experiment and trying to collect data before determining the research question and research context. For that reason we recommend that you explore the following topics beginning with self-assessment, keep records of what you discover, and build a solid foundation for your current job search and those that will very likely follow in the future.


Applying for Jobs

Find information about applying for jobs and much more...

  • CV and Resume
  • Cover Letter and Statements
  • Job Search Links
  • Interview Skills


Negotiating Offers
Handling Salary Conversations

It is best to delay salary discussions until an offer is on the table; however, salary requirement questions have become a standard part of the interviewing process. When asked about past salaries or salary requirements, it’s useful to delay the discussion with thoughtful responses.



MCW is pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you more effectively for a job interview. Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. To access Big Interview, please visit

You need to register for an account with you MCW email address. After registration, you will be sent a confirmation email.

The Career Center has compiled a list of helpful books about career development, planning and management. All these books can be found in the Todd Wehr Library.

  • Academic Careers
  • Career Planning
  • Careers Outside Academia
  • Job Search
  • Lab Management
  • Professional Networking 


If you have any questions, please contact our office.


Nai-Fen Su, PhD

Career Counselor

(414) 955-4977

Dr. Nai-Fen Su is the Career Counselor in the Office of Student Affairs.

Contact Us

Graduate School
Suite H2200
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8218

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