Careers Beyond Academia

Finding a job requires a large time commitment. The key is to employ multiple techniques and strategies.  The more dedicated and diversified your job search is, the more likely you are to find opportunities.

Make an Appointment

If you're not sure what career path to take once you earn your degree, a career advisor dedicated to current UC San Diego PhD and Master's students is available for a confidential discussion of all issues related to career planning and professional development.

Explore Options

Complete a self assessment, conduct research, and explore resources to familiarize yourself with the language, people, and culture of the employment sectors that interest you. Assessments and online resources designed specifically for graduate students include ImaginePhD (for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences students), MyIDP (for STEM students), and The Versatile PhD (for graduate students in all fields).

Conduct Your Search

Once you identified one or more specific professions or industries of interest, developing an effective job search strategy becomes much easier:

Create a Résumé & Cover Letter 

Prepare a targeted and effective CV, "Industry CV", résumé and cover letter that will get you interviews. More

Prepare for Your Interview

Preparation goes a long way in giving you an edge during an interview. Visit our interviewing resources, and make an appointment with one of our graduate student career advisors to practice for your interview.