PhD & Master's Students

Join our Graduate Career Advising Team as a Graduate Career Peer Educator! Application deadline Nov. 2, 2017. For more details and to apply, go to our Jobs, Internships, and Fellowship-Based Employment Opportunities page.

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Attend upcoming events

Save the Date! Career Development Week 2018 will be March 26-29

Fall 2017 Events:

The Academic Job Search Series: Faculty Panels
*The STEM Academic Job Search
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2-3:30pm | Career Center, Horizon Room
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A panel of professors in STEM fields will share tips and best practices to help you succeed in landing a job in the professoriate.

*The HASS Academic Job Search
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2-3:30pm | Career Center, Horizon Room
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A panel of professors in the Humanities and Social Sciences will share tips and best practices to help you succeed in landing a job in the professoriate.


Career Fair Preparation Workshops (rotating workshops open to all students)
Week 1 (Monday, Oct. 2-Friday, Oct. 6), variable times | Career Center and Online
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*Resume 101: Learn the basics for starting your resume and gain knowledge on competencies you can include on your resume. Bring a resume and get it critiqued after the seminar.
*The Job and Internship Search: Looking for an internship or job opportunity? Come and learn more about the Career Center’s resources to help prepare you for finding your next job or internship.
*LinkedIn 101 (webinar): Gain basic knowledge on what important components you should showcase on your LinkedIn profile, how to leverage your job search using LinkedIn, and how to create a summary statement of your professional goals and interests.


Fall Career Fairs
Meet face-to-face with top employers seeking to hire you! Now’s your chance to make valuable contacts, learn inside information (the stuff you can’t always find online), and leave behind a personal impression that employers will remember! More information can be found on the Career Center's Events page.

*Science and Tech Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9:30am-2:30pm | RIMAC Arena
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*Triton Career Fair 
Thursday, Oct. 12, 10am-2:30pm | Price Center Ballroom West
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Writing for the Academic Job Market Workshop Series
Presented by the Teaching + Learning Commons
*The Teaching Statement
Friday, Oct. 13, 9am-12pm | Teaching + Learning Commons 1505
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Learn strategies for the writing and editing process and how it relates to the teaching statement. Participants will get structured time to work on their teaching statement. This workshop will be particularly helpful to those going on the job market soon.

*The Diversity Statement
Friday, Oct. 27, 9am-12pm | Teaching + Learning Commons 1505
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Learn strategies for the writing and editing process and how it relates to the diversity statement. Participants will get structured time to work on their diversity statement. This workshop will be particularly helpful to those going on the job market soon. Workshop presented by the Teaching + Learning Commons and the Writing + Critical Expression Hub.


Resume Reviews for Graduate Students
Weekly Sessions Starting Week 2 | Career Center Library
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Meet with a career advisor who specializes in advising graduate students to go over the do's and don'ts of writing a resume and have a draft of your resume reviewed. To sign up for an appointment, login to Port Triton, select Workshops from the left-hand sidebar, and scroll down to view and register for an upcoming Resume Reviews for Graduate Students session (registration required).


Versatile PhD "Ask Me Anything" Virtual Discussion with Dr. Peter Fiske, Technology Entrepreneur at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Wednesday, 10/11-Friday, 10/15 | https://versatilephd.com/ama
Peter Fiske (Ph.D., Geochemistry and Materials Science, 1993) is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience founding startups and commercializing new technologies. He also wrote the science careers classic, "Put Your Science to WORK!" and regularly speaks to early-career scientists at universities across the country. Join Dr. Fiske for a free three-day AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the Versatile PhD site. Ask him anything about founding a company, joining a startup, commercializing a technology, or finding the right place for your skills outside the academy. All disciplines will benefit from Dr. Fiske's insights.
* Free discussion, open to all
* Get advice from an experienced tech entrepreneur
* Takes place in dedicated AMA forum on VPhD site
* Asynchronous - participate anytime during the 3 days


The Passport to Your Career: Two-Part Job Application Materials Workshop Series
*Part 1: The CV, Resume, and Cover Letter 
Tuesday, 10/24, 11:30am-1pm | Register on Port Triton
Learn how create the three core job documents that every graduate student needs. Figure out how to write a scholarly CV, find out how to translate it into a resume that highlights your experience and skills to appeal to a non-academic audience, and discover how to construct a powerful cover letter.

This is part one of a two-part series: attendance at The Passport to Your Career Part 2 on Nov. 2 is strongly recommended (be sure to bring your resume to it!).

*Part 2: Tailoring Your Resume
 Thursday, 11/2, 11:30am-12:30pm | Register on Port Triton
In the second of this two-part series on preparing your application materials, you will learn how to tailor your resume to specific job applications and why this is essential to getting your application materials seen by the hiring manager. The first portion of this workshop will go over tips and strategies, and the second portion will consist of dedicated time for you to work on tailoring your resume and receive feedback on it. Please bring a copy of your resume (on paper or electronically) and a sample job ad for your intended career field.


How to Get a Tech Job That Seems Out of Your League: Advice from a UCSD Alum at Intel
Tuesday, 10/24, 3-4pm | Career Center, Horizon Room
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JSOE alum Pavi Maris (MS in Materials Science, '17) will cover strategies he employed over the course of his undergraduate and graduate training to successfully compete for jobs in industry that are normally filled by PhDs. He will also share strategies that anyone can use to develop a stellar resume that will help you stand out to employers during the job search process. Pavi is an R&D Materials Analysis Engineer at Intel Corporation in Portland, OR, contributing to the development of Intel’s next processor chips.


Starting Your Job Search Journey
Tuesday, 11/7, 12-1pm | Webinar: Register on Port Triton
In this webinar, you will learn how to find jobs that are of interest to you, build your application materials, and increase your chances of successfully landing a job through networking. This webinar will be specifically tailored to master's and PhD students who are interested in careers beyond academia. Please register on Port Triton by 11/6 at 12pm to receive link to attend webinar.


Wayfinding Yourself into a Graduate-Level Internship
Wednesday, 11/29, 12-1:30pm | Career Center, Horizon Room
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Explore the paths to a graduate-level internship, learn to navigate the sometimes-conflicting waters of your academic and professional obligations, and discover a new world of skills and experiences that will help you launch your career.




Please see Port Triton and the grAdvantage calendar for information about additional upcoming academic and professional development events.

Explore career options

Explore Your Options

Discover your true calling by identifying opportunities that match your interests and strengths. Find a broad range of resources available to you, including workshops on graduate career development and self-assessment tools.

Careers In Academia

Clarify the academic job search process, develop your credentials, and prepare for the academic interview. Review the Career Center's comprehensive programs and online resources to assist you in your academic job search.

Careers Beyond Academia

A wealth of opportunities await grads with advanced degrees in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Explore the professions and industries that seek individuals with your skills and experience.

The Versatile PhD

Interested in exploring career options beyond academia? Check out a resource that offers information about and support for your search.

Connect with resources and professionals in your field

grAdvantage

grAdvantage is a campus-wide initiative providing a suite of resources to help participants develop essential leadership, teamwork and communication skills to become successful leaders in their field.

Alumni Advisor Network

Get expert advice about your career plans through career conversations, resume critiques, and mock interviews with alumni advisors.

Graduate Student Association

The GSA works for the betterment of academic and non-academic life for all graduate and professional students at UC San Diego.

GradLife

Discover upcoming events and campus resources for graduate students.

Teaching + Learning Commons

The Teaching + Learning Commons advances how we teach and learn, containing a suite of services and programs to develop better instructors and more engaged learners. 

  • Writing + Critical Expression Hub: Resources for graduate students include graduate writing retreats, writing groups, workshops, and individual consultations with graduate writing consultants.
  • The Center for Engaged Teaching: Resources for graduate students include orientations for new instructional assistants as well as workshops and other support for both new and experienced instructors.

Alumni

The Alumni office organizes events, provides resources, and publicizes volunteer opportunities for all UC San Diego alumni.

Discover resources to help you in your job search

Internships, Jobs, and Fellowship Employment Opportunities for Master's & PhDs

Find internship, job, and fellowship employment listings for graduate students and advanced degree-holders.

For other funding opportunities, please see the Graduate Division's Graduate Funding Blog.

Career Tools

Access the Triton Career Guide and find resources for assessing your career readiness, exploring your options, preparing your job application materials, searching for job postings, preparing for the interview, and improving your networking skills.

Curriculum Vitae

CV's are the quintessential document for applying to academic jobs. Find out best practices and tips.

Resume

The core of the non-academic job application: learn how to distill your experiences into a career-winning document.

Cover Letter

The cover letter is your chance to make a strong argument for why you're the best candidate. Learn how to write one.

Informational Interviews

Conduct informational interviews with people in your intended career field in order to narrow your career interests, find out how to best prepare for your intended career, and successfully apply for jobs in this field.

Find additional resources for international students

Career Center Resources for International Students

The Career Center offers resources specifically designed to address the needs of international students.

International Student/Scholar and Postdoc Career Development Resource Page

UC San Diego provides a multitude of professional and career development services to support the variety of career options available to our students and scholars.

The International Students & Programs Office

This organization promotes intercultural engagement and provides services for UC San Diego's international students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success.

Talk to a career advisor

Advising for Graduate Students

Two dedicated PhD and Master's career advisors are available by appointment for confidential discussions of all issues related to career planning and professional development. The following services are conducted by appointment:

  • Assistance with career decision-making and planning, job searching, and strategies for an effective and successful career transition in academia and beyond
  • Guidance in finding and utilizing job-search resources by discipline, industry and profession
  • Critiques of CVs, resumes, cover letters, and other job search materials
  • Interviewing and negotiation advice and practice
  • Guidance in making connections with UC San Diego alumni and other professionals
  • Administration of self-assessment tools

To schedule an appointment, please log in to Port Triton.

Eligibility

All UC San Diego PhD and Master's students who are continuing students and currently enrolled or conducting research are eligible for services provided by the Career Services Center. In addition, graduate alumni may attend Career Center programming, including career fairs, and alumni are eligible for up to one year of individual advising appointments post-graduation. Students on a leave of absence, or who have withdrawn from the University, are not eligible to access our services.

At any time, graduate students who are no longer enrolled (i.e., paying a fee in lieu of registration) but continuing to work on their dissertation or thesis, and who are not officially on leave, may continue to use the Career Services Center. These students must provide an email or signed memo from their department's graduate coordinator or advisor verifying their status. This information should be sent to Albert Lopez at a3lopez@ucsd.edu, or to mail code 0330.

Summer Session

To gain access to the Career Services Center during Summer Session, a graduate student enrolled in the spring must visit Tritonlink, login to WebReg and enroll in fall courses (fall registration opens in June). For students not taking fall classes and only conducting independent thesis research, please enroll in your independent research course. Once enrolled, please contact Albert Lopez at a3lopez@ucsd.edu, who will grant you access to all services offered by the Career Services Center.

Graduate Division registration and fee deadlines

Learn about UC San Diego graduate alumni's career paths

News

UC San Diego PhD Named 2017 ACLS Public Fellow

Kara Wentworth, who received her PhD in Communication, was has been named a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program provides PhDs in the humanities or humanistic social sciences with significant, career-building experience through two-year, full-time positions in the government and nonprofit sectors. Kara will join Twin Cities PBS in Minneapolis, MN as Strategic Impact Analyst. More information on the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, including descriptions of the fellows' positions and information on applying for next year's cycle, can be found on the American Council of Learned Societies website.

UC San Diego PhD Awarded Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship 

Stephanie Gomez Menzies, PhD '17 in Literature, has joined Duke University Press as a Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow. The Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowships were established as a collaboration between four university presses and the American Association of University Presses to create a pipeline program of academic publishing professionals with significant personal experience and engagement with diverse communities and a demonstrated ability to bring the understanding gleaned from such engagement to bear on their daily work. More information on the program and descriptions of the 2017-18 fellows can be found on the University of Washington Press' announcement of the awards.

Alumni Profiles

Andrew Chamberlain, PhD (Economics '14)
Chief Economist, Glassdoor

Please give a brief overview of the research you conducted as a graduate student.
My research was mostly in “applied microeconomics” -- which is basically the use of data to untangle questions of causality, in cases when it’s not possible to run controlled laboratory experiments. During my time at UCSD I worked on an eclectic mix of topics, including the impact of liquor deregulation on neighborhood crime, how layoffs influence the long-term earnings of workers, and the unintended side effects of temporary federal grants on state and local taxes.

Please describe your current job profile.
I’m the chief economist at Glassdoor, where I lead the company’s research group (glassdoor.com/research). I work with a small team of data scientists. Our job is to conduct research with Glassdoor’s data -- online salaries, company reviews and job postings -- to uncover trends in the labor market. About half my time is spent doing traditional research like gathering data, coding in R, Python and SQL, and writing up the results for nontechnical audiences. The other half is spent doing media interviews, including live TV, radio and print media.

What made you decide to transition into your current position?
A fascinating trend today is that a growing number of tech companies are hiring economists to help them extract insights from the social and economic data they’ve collected through their online platforms. As the first economist hired by Glassdoor, I had the rare opportunity to develop and lead a private sector research group from scratch. This role has taken me on a very nontraditional career path, which is not for every economist. But for my personality and career aspirations, being the chief economist at a tech company is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’m very fortunate to have been given.

What’s one challenge you faced while you were transitioning to your current career, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has been learning to be an effective media spokesperson. Like most researchers, I am a natural introvert who’s more comfortable doing math at my desk than speaking on stage. Being a public spokesperson has been the hardest job I have ever done, and it never seems to get easier. My strategy for overcoming this has been to try to think of public speaking like teaching -- reaching new audiences with ideas. Doing so has made me a better speaker, and has helped me enjoy the process more.

Please list some of the most striking similarities and differences between being a graduate student and your current position.
My current role is self-directed and requires a lot of creativity. That’s very similar to the Ph.D. program. I do my own brainstorming and technical work, and roll up my sleeves to solve problems just as in grad school. In graduate school, you face seemingly insurmountable barriers to your research, and through persistence, you eventually overcome each one. Learning that you can overcome any professional barrier, and develop any skill, with enough time is a powerful lesson from grad school that has carried over into my current role.

Apart from the research you conducted, do you feel like anything in particular has helped you acquire your current position?
One skill that has really helped me professionally is my exposure to pure econometric theory from UCSD. Having a rigorous theoretical framework for thinking about causality, estimation and statistical inference has helped me see the big picture when thinking about real-world data science problems. Theory helps you see that many seemingly complex problems are really simple. Being able to see the bigger picture for the statistical work I do at Glassdoor has been a tremendous help, and is probably the most valuable skill I picked up in the Ph.D. program.

What do you feel is the most important advice you can give to a current UCSD graduate student in order for them to obtain a position such as yours?
My advice to Ph.D. students is to aim to become a well-rounded person. There are pressures in academia to focus on technical skills and narrow research. While specialization is important, it’s often to the detriment of social and personal skills that are valuable in private sector roles. Outside of academia, if you want your ideas to have an impact you have to communicate and persuade non-technical people outside your field. Being a well-rounded person will help you do that, and will make you more flexible in a broader array of careers outside academia.

 

Barath Ezhilan, PhD (Engineering Sciences [Mechanical Engineering], '15)
Applied Scientist, Amazon

Please give a brief overview of the research you conducted as a graduate student.
My graduate research involved the mathematical/computational modeling of “active fluids” (which are fluid suspensions of living or self-propelled units, such as bacteria, or synthetic micro-robots, that can convert energy into motion). I developed a unified mathematical model and computational framework that improved the understanding of mechanisms that lead to complex collective behavior in such active fluids in confined and unconfined environments.

Please describe your current job profile.
I leverage the tools of statistical modeling and machine learning for important applied problems in computational advertising (such as predictive pricing and conversion rate estimation) at Amazon.

What made you decide to transition into your current position?
Several reasons:
- I wanted to move from mostly theoretical research to applied research that can have an immediate impact.
- I wanted more work/life balance (which I didn’t think was possible for me in academia, because of my own personality and the open-ended/non-time-bound nature of academic problems).
- I didn’t want to spend 3+ uncertain years as a post-doc (a norm in my field after the PhD) before I found a full-time tenure-track position.
- I wanted to live in a big city and earn enough to live comfortably in that city!

Please list some of the most striking similarities and differences between being a graduate student and your current position.
Similarities: I still get to solve interesting applied mathematics problems and go to research conferences.
Differences:
- You have to deliver results within a timeframe that is much more restrictive than in academia. Sometimes, this can be very restrictive.
- Simple and effective solutions are preferred compared to complex solutions. Also, you can’t make (crazy) idealized assumptions.
- Work is more collaborative and fun.
- People are more (verbally) appreciative of your hard work, and good work translates to a hike in compensation.

Apart from the research you conducted, do you feel like anything in particular has helped you acquire your current position?
I did a 7-week Insight Data Science bootcamp which helps academics transition into Data Science / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence roles (http://insightdatascience.com/).

What do you feel is the most important advice you can give to a current UCSD graduate student in order for them to obtain a position such as yours?
- Take ownership of your grad school experience and your career.
- Start planning and evaluating your post-PhD options early.
- Take courses that will help you obtain relevant job skills (even if you are done with your official requirements, even if the courses are offered by a different department / not related to your PhD research, even if it makes your advisor unhappy).
- Do internships and side projects.
- Remember: that one last paper that you want to work on before you start your job search process is not all that important in the long run.

What’s one challenge you faced while you were transitioning to your current career, and how did you overcome it?
Because I started my career transition process really late (in the final few months of my PhD), it was challenging for me to balance time between my job search / interview prep efforts and wrapping up my thesis work. I overcame this problem by taking 3 months off grad school, and focusing completely on the job search (which included a data science bootcamp).

 

If you are interested in more spotlights of our alumni, please visit Alumni's Spotlight page and the Postdoc Alumni Spotlights page.

Are you a Master's or PhD alum who would like to be featured in our Graduate Careers newsletter and on our website, or do you know of someone who would be? If so, please contact Giulia Hoffmann or Joel Tolson.

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