Additional Career Resources

These resources offer support for finishing your dissertation, career decision-making and job-searching, whether you plan a transition into academia or beyond.

This page includes information regarding:

Break Out! Strengthen Your Network (back)

How to Conduct an Informational Interview 

Make Professional Contacts

Secrets to Success for Life After Graduate School
ext from Gradlife @ UCSD.comext

UC San Diego Extension Coursesext include professional education and training, cultural enrichment, and regional economic solutions. Whether you're starting a new career, building a company, or developing a deeper appreciation of the world around you, Extension has the resources you need to get started.

Annual UCSD Ph.D. Career Conference


UC San Diego's Annual Ph.D. Career Conference takes place on a Saturday each spring quarter in May and highlights pragmatic career opportunities for current UCSD doctoral students represented by the successful careers of Ph.D.s in different fields who have found their niche in academia and beyond.



Practice Interviewing provides several valuable resources that will teach you interview techniques and strategies, which will allow you to create an effective and comfortable dialogue during the interview.

Interviewing Tips & Strategiesext to prepare for and make the most of a phone and in-person interview, Courtesy of the University of Virginia 

Industry & Professional Research


Occupational Outlook Handbookext Career Informationext

Research Salaries 

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Bureau of Labor Statistics  ext

National Association for Colleges and Employersext

International Salary Calculatorext 

Reality Checkext 

Average Faculty Salariesext The Chronicle of Higher Education



How To Be a Career-Savvy Grad Studentext courtesy UC Berkeley

How To Plan For A Career Before You Have Oneext The Chronicle of Higher Education

Put Your Science to Workpdf  A valuable resource for science and engineering PhDs based on a recent lecture from scientist, CEO, and author Peter Fiske, PhD

"Industrial Postdocs: The Road Less Traveled,"ext Laura Bonetta, Science Careers (2008) Note: Provides links to great opportunities at the end of the article.

"Tooling Up Series,"extfrom the journal Science (AAAS).  Search through dozens of articles that will help clarify the transition from advanced degree student to industry professional. Read articles regarding resumes, informational interviewing, the job talk, headhunters, marketable skills, teamwork, salary negotiation, the job search, plus much more!

Support Networks 


National Association of Graduate-Professional Studentsext  

Online Support Group for Finishing the PhDext The broad mission of PhinisheD is to provide a non-threatening and supportive online environment for dissertation and thesis writers and others who are struggling in academia.

UC San Diego's Questioning Career Transition Group for PhDs This unique, five-session series helps doctoral students through the often difficult decision-making process of whether to pursue an academic faculty career or an alternative. Participants range from 1st - 8th year PhD students with some questioning the completion of their doctoral degree and others their career trajectory upon earning a PhD. 

Research on Ph.D. Education


Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Educationext

Re-Envisioning the PhD Projectext University of Washington, 2007

Recommended Reading 


Visit the Career Services Center Resource Library to browse a wide variety of bookspdfby industry and profession especially for PhD & Master's students.