Career Exploration & Planning

Resources for exploring your options in academia and beyond

Professional Development Plan:

Success as a graduate student means much more than getting into a program and earning a degree. It also means developing as a scholar, teacher and professional, complete with all the skills needed to be competitive for a variety of careers. In particular, national studies recommend developing core competencies as a project manager, mentor, collaborator, communicator, leader and interdisciplinary thinker. >> MORE

Quick Reference Guides:

Publications with helpful tips to assist with writing a CV, finding internships and professional positions, cover letter and resume writing, interviewing and much more. >> MORE

Career Library Resources:

The Center for Career and Professional Development hosts a library of resources you may find helpful in your career research and planning process. View our entire selection or search by subject on the Library database.

Counseling Assistance:

Professionally trained counselors are available for individual assistance with job search or other career concerns during daily Walk-in hours posted on our homepage.

Occupational Information Websites:

What careers exist? What is a particular job like? What will the job require of me? How much will it pay? What kind of training is needed? How easy is it to find a job in this field? Find answers to your questions. >>MORE

Careers Outside the Academy:

Numerous opportunities exist outside of academia for individuals with advanced degrees. As you explore alternatives to academic positions you will want to consider what skills you have developed during your graduate work that you would like to use in settings outside of academia. Skills and competencies developed in graduate study are valued by many organizations in the private, not for profit and government sectors. >>MORE

Helpful Tools:

  • myIDP (designed specifically for science disciplines)

Last Updated: 8/11/16