PhD & Master's Students

I want to 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.

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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.

Alumni

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

I am ready to find a job

Graduate Student Careers Blog

See announcements about jobs, upcoming events and professional development opportunities, and resources specifically for UC San Diego graduate students.

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.

I want to 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.

I want to 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:

  • Critiques of CVs, resumes, cover letters, teaching portfolios, and other job search materials
  • 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
  • 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. 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

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