University Career Center

The University Career Center serves PhD students in a variety of ways. We have expertise on how to conduct non-academic and academic job searches. We offer individual appointments, programs, and web resources to meet PhD students' needs. 

Individual Appointments

For many types of job searches, particularly non-academic, your home college or school may be a excellent resource for discipline specific content expertise and recruiting power. However, the University Career Center can support your exploration and job search strategies in addition to the resources you may be using in your own department. These departments include: 

College of Engineering: Engineering Career Resource Center

School of Information: Career Services

School of Kinesiology: Kinesiology Career Development Center

School of Environment and Sustainability: Student Career Services

School of Public Health: Career Services

Stephen M. Ross School of Business: Career Services

CV Development: If you are a student who is looking to develop your curriculum vitae (CV), we suggest that you work with your advisor or another official in your department. However, there are paid services that are offered in the Ann Arbor area as well. 

PhD Pathways Programs

Each Fall and Winter semester the University Career Center offers and co-sponsors programs with Rackham Graduate School. These career focused programs are open to any graduate student. For current program offerings check out your Handshake account through the University Career Center and Rackham's Event Calendar.

The Winter 2020 semester program (co-sponsored with the Rackham Graduate School) dates related to non-academic career development are as follows:

1. CV to Resume, January 28th, 2020 noon to 1:30pm @ the Rackham East Conference Room (Register https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/21146)

2. Interviewing for Jobs Beyond the Professoriate, Feburary 19th, 2020 noon to 1:30pm @ the Rackham Assembly Hall (Register https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/21147)

3. Cover Letters, March 20th, 2020 noon to 1:30pm @ the Rackham Common Room, Lower Level (Register https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/21148)

4. Getting Started: Exploratory Process Group for Nonacademic Career Paths Join this 3 session series to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences with like-minded PhD students.  The University Career Center (including the Rackham embedded career coach) facilitate discussions around strengths, interests, barriers, and goals with regards to non-academic career planning and decision making. Deadline March 5th, 2020 5:00pm.  Apply today 

5. The Annual PhD Career Conference, April 3rd, 2020 (More details to come).

Web Resources 

Our web resources are divided into two major sections for PhD students based on whether you are exploring an academic or non-academic job search. Current trends suggest you may engage both. 

Academic Job Search

Non-Academic Job Search