It doesn't matter if you're in your first year or your last: you can't get to where you want to be if you don't know where it is that you want to be.

Exploring your career options, evaluating your current skills (and what skills you want to develop), delving into your values, and discovering what your personal metrics of success will provide you with tools to focus your job search, to increase your odds of finding that "perfect" match, and to enhance your ability to negotiate when the time comes.

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Career Assessment Tools

Traitify and other assessments can help you quickly explore careers you might never have heard of before, related to your skills and interests.

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Imagine PhD

Assess your interests, skills, and values and discover career suggestions based on your results. Explore career pathways pursued by PhDs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Plan your graduate program and career goals.

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Examine your skills, interests, and values and match them to scientific career pathways. Set strategic academic and career goals. Find articles and resources to guide you through the career planning process.

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Discover Career Competencies

The Career Competencies you've developed as a grad student translate into the industry-desired abilities that will launch you toward a strong future. Meet with a career coach to find out how.

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Socialize with a purpose

The best way to find out about careers is to talk to people currently in them. Those you already know, recruiters at job fairs and info sessions, UC San Diego alumni: anyone is a potential connection to the career of your dreams. 

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Gain Experience

Internships or volunteer work can help you determine your career interests, develop skills valued by employers, and gain mentors and future references in your intended career field.

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