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Managing your career involves all aspects of career development - from self-assessment, to career exploration, and ultimately applying for positions. Graduate education or postdoctoral training also provides a diversity of career opportunities - including academia, industry, government, and non-profit agencies.
GradPathways, Counseling Services, and the Internship and Career Center provide workshops, one-on-one advising, and other resources to assist with career exploration, finding positions, and forming networks. The result is a supportive environment focused on helping you prepare for and embark upon the career of your choice making the most of your advanced degree.
Workshops and Events
*** registration not required
Courses and Programs
To develop and gain a deeper understanding, consider signing up for courses, seminars, and programs offered through GradPathways and other on and off campus units.
Graduate Student Career Exploration Group
Do you want to gain clarity on your professional goals? Are you wondering what career options are a better fit given your strengths and values? Would you like to be part of a small, supportive group of other graduate students similarly wanting these things?
If so, consider the 6 sessions of GCEG, which is based on best practices in vocational psychology. If the meeting times (Thursdays: 10:00 am - 11:30 am), work for you, email Karen Miller your name and student ID number: firstname.lastname@example.org
This group is co-sponsored by GradPathways and is for graduate students who want explore their career related preferences, identify the comparative fit of career options of interest or expand their consideration of possible careers. Group members will integrate data from their personal strengths, work and family perspectives, and career assessments with occupational information. Group members are asked to increase their exposure to occupational information and opportunities over the course of the term. Please note total cost of assessments is $20 (as $25 of the total $45 fee is paid for by Grad Studies) and expected time commitment for activities outside of the 1.5 hour, 6 session group time is approximately 1-2 hours per week. https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/services/groups/GCEG
One-on-One mentoring or specialized programming to meet your individual needs is available. Consider the following resources offered through GradPathways and other on and off campus units:
Career counseling appointments through the Master's and Ph.D. Students, and Postdoctoral Scholars Career Services at the Internship and Career Center
Additional career counseling through Counseling Services also available
Your major professor or principal investigator can provide career guidance and introduce you to a network of their colleagues and former students. Don't overlook other faculty mentors as potential career advisors, seek out like-minded faculty and graduate student and postdoctoral colleagues to be a part of your career building network.
Community Building and Activities
Building community is essential to success. Consider participating in the following activities:
Access the Versatile PhD! UC Davis has a subscription for premium online resources for those seeking careers beyond academia.
Graduate Student Career Exploration Group (GCEG)
Participate in Internship and Career Fairs
ImaginePhD: A Career Exploration and Planning Tool for the Humanities and Social Sciences - this a free online tool that enables users to: assess their career-related skills, interests, and values; explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines; create self-defined goals and map out next steps for career and professional development success.
myIDP Used by over 100,000 PhD scientists, myIDP provides career exploration and goal setting tools. Also featured, is a certificate of completion to provide verification to funding agencies.
ChemIDP Through immersive, self-paced activities, users in the chemical sciences identify career goals, determine specific skills needed for success, and develop a plan to achieve their professional goals.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity - UC Davis' subscription provides access to web-based resources.
Online Career Help - The Internship and Career Center has a variety of resources related to the job search, career exploration, and networking specifically geared to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Graduate Student Spotlight - Narratives of Successful UC Davis Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars