Pursuing a graduate degree is a rewarding and, at times, strenuous experience. Throughout your program, it can be helpful to start exploring how you want to apply the knowledge you learn in a work setting. This can ease some of the stress when it comes to the question of “so what's next?”.
As a graduate student in CEHD, we offer confidential one hour long appointments regarding non-academic job searches strategies, making connections, and preparing job search material such as resumes and cover letters for non-academic job searches. We encourage you to meet with career services staff on questions you may have!
CEHD Career Services hosts events for graduate students throughout the academic year. Find upcoming events on the Career Services home page and in our graduate student newsletter, sent twice a semester.
All of our programs are unique and lead to many wonderful opportunities to build your academic and career profile. No journey is an individual one though! We encourage you to engage with students from other programs within and outside of the U of M. This is the best way to build connections and expand your network. There are also department specific organizations that you can get involved in. Just ask your faculty!
The Twin Cities Multicultural Directory, available through the Graduate School, provides a list of student organizations and resources for students to engage around a variety of interests and communities.
GradSEHD represents graduate and professional students in CEHD and is a great way to connect and build connections across disciplines.
The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is a university wide student organization that represents, advocates for, informs, facilitates communications among, and supports Twin Cities graduate students (students who are seeking a research degree: a PhD or a masters that is associated with a PhD program).
The GradHacker blog is written by graduate students and is a great way to hear from other graduate students about their experiences.
PhDivas Podcast, hosted by Liz Wayne and Christine “Xine” Yao, is about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. An engaging conversation between friends and scholars, PhDivas fills a niche for witty and insightful discussion and proves that PhDs in engineering and English literature have more in common than meets the eye.
Alternative- Academic or alt-ac is a term that is fairly recent. It refers to careers within industries that may be an application of the academic program a PhD graduate pursued. These careers are often outside of the university and is an alternative path to tenure-track professor opportunities. CEHD Career Services offers individual appointments for graduate students focused on resume/CV review, cover letter writing, and the non-academic interview and job search. Schedule an appointment online.
DoctoralNet/MastersNet Ltd is an online tool that offers help to both Master’s and doctoral students in areas such as: academic writing, critical skills, research design and execution, wellness, motivation, transferable skills for careers.
Imagine PhD is a free site to support PhD in exploring a variety of career options based on industries and individual interest areas.
Columbia University’s Center for Career Education provides a break down of industries that are accessible to transition into from academia.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides a job board for general alternative academic job searches and specific sites for Humanities and Social Sciences.
Balancing Graduate School and Non-Academic Opportunities, an article about taking on non-academic opportunities to expand your understanding of career outlook and possibilities.
The Grad Student Way is written to provide practical feedback for real graduate student concerns from how to prepare for non-academic jobs to the dreaded discussion about finding a different advisor.
The Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) program supports faculty and students looking to employ digital methodologies and technologies in their teaching, research, and creative work.
Seeking academic positions such as teaching and doing research at an institution can be highly rewarding ways to use the knowledge you have learned. We highly encourage you to connect with faculty and individuals in your fields of interest. Strong relationships between advisors and faculty can lead to many opportunities such as conference presentation and paper publications.
Center for Educational Innovation collaborates across the University system to advance effective teaching and engaged learning.
The Graduate School Academic and Career Development Workshops connects you with programs, resources, and events to help you identify potential career paths both inside and outside of academia, compete for in-demand positions, and manage your career.
TheNational Center for Faculty Development and Diversity provides support throughout your journey as a graduate student to tenure track and administration level. Sign up for the Monday Motivator newsletter to get a positive boost to start your week!
The Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education allows you to search for colleges and universities to compare institutional fit.