Career Development

Preparing for your career goals is an important facet of your graduate education. It’s easy to become absorbed by the demands of graduate school. From coursework to research, time flies. Soon it is time to graduate and move on. So it’s important to get an early jumpstart on career development.  We recognize that the traditional academic career path is evolving and that students must:

  • Make career planning an ongoing part of their graduate student career
  • Ensure that graduate students are developing skills and competencies for a wider array of career options
  • Be entrepreneurial in how they approach their careers

Fortunately, you have access to tried-and-true services and resources to help you through the hurdles of preparing for life after graduation. To get started with your career development, we encourage you to check out these centers on campus:

Graduate Resource Center

The GRC provides a range of programming tailored to the needs of graduate students. Our professional development workshops will help you prepare for your next steps so graduate students are ready when the time is right.  To date, professional development workshops have included:

  • Finding Jobs Overseas: New Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.
  • How to Construct a CV
  • Networking: Do I Really Have To?
  • Elevator Talks
  • Writing the Teaching Statement

Career Center, Graduate Career Consultant

The UC Irvine Career Center focuses on providing career advice and professional education to UCI students and alumni. A team of career counselors – including a graduate career consultant who works exclusively with graduate students – are trained to help students identify and create their career goals. For a comprehensive list of resources, visit the Career Center and select, “I am a graduate student.”

The Career Center graduate consultant hosts weekly drop in hours in the GRC. 

  • The Graduate Career Consultant provides career and professional development advice to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at all stages of their academic pursuits including:
    • Review of a students' CV, cover letter, teaching statement or research philosophy
    • Providing insight into career planning for a variety of paths including future faculty positions as well as career opportunities in commercial and government sectors

This is a drop-in service. Appointments are not necessary.

Versatile PhD

First-hand advice about non-academic careers for PhD’s including career panel discussions with PhDs successfully employed outside the academy, find out  more.