Career Exploration

Throughout graduate school, you may begin to wonder what's next? There are many university resources to assist you in your career and professional exploration of a broad range of career paths after graduate school. Below are a few of the Centers and opportunities that you may want to engage with during your time in graduate school. We suggest you begin early to think about your professional development.

Career Services

Career Services supports graduate student career development both inside and outside the academy through individual career advising and career education programming. Career advisers will regularly meet with graduate students of all years to discuss career interests and how to explore further,  job search strategy and timing, dossiers, CVs, resumes, interview preparation, networking with graduate alumni and other professionals and a host of other career related topics.

The Graduate Student Advisory Board provides input to Career Services in order to develop more robust program offerings, deeper connections to academic departments and a more tailored career advising approach for graduate students.  New advisory board members are selected by Career Services during the summer months and may serve a multi-year term. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve on a board as a representative of the graduate students.

InterSECT - Interactive Job Simulation Exercises for Career Transitions

Explore a career field by actually performing a job task related to the field. The project to build a library of job simulations was funded by a Career Guidance for Trainees Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Job sims currently available include fields such as medical writing, intellectual property, business development, and science policy. New sims will be added throughout the year.

University Administrative Fellows

Graduate students often find themselves weighing their options on whether to pursue tenure-track positions or administrative opportunities. In both instances, understanding how universities operate is critical to a successful career in academia. Established in the fall of 2014, the University Administrative Fellows (UAF) program provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to gain greater knowledge of the administrative side of higher education. During the summer fellowship positions in a range of campus divisions will be posted on The Graduate School's website for fall appointments.

Pathways with A Ph.D. Series

In collaboration with the Graduate Dean's Leadership Council, the Office of Career Services, the Office of Alumni Affairs, Graduate Alumni Initiatives, and other administrative departments across campus, a series of programs are offered annually to assist graduate students in better understanding the many career paths available with a PhD, and connect them with graduate alumni in those positions and organizations. Please visit the Graduate School's calendar for upcoming events in Fall 2018.


Academic Departmental Professional and Career Development Support

Some academic departments and programs appoint a job placement officer to provide career guidance to graduate students.  While the specific role of the job placement officer differs by department, placement officers are faculty and staff members who advise, mentor, and support the graduate students as they prepare themselves for the competitive job market.  The placement officer provides field-specific guidance for graduate students in the job seeking process and may provide assistance with some or all of the following: preparation of application materials, navigation of the application and selection process, preparation for teaching and research talks, and negotiation of job offers.  In some departments, the academic job search advising is done by the Director of Graduate Studies or individual advisors, particularly in the sciences and engineering. Here is a list of Departmental Placement Officers.