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 Natural Resources and Environment: 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 2017 semester program (co-sponsored with the Rackham Graduate School) dates related to non-academic career development are as follows:

1. PhriDay Meet-Ups @  the Rackham Graduate School
February 24, 2017 (Noon - 1pm)
March 24, 2017 (Noon - 1pm)

2. Handshake Appointments
March 2, 2017 @ Rackham (Noon - 1pm)

3. Pitch Perfect: How to Effectively Network and Build a Strong Pitch
March 16, 2017 @ Rackham (Noon)

4. Converting Your CV to a Resume: Transforming Your Experiences in Academia to Apply to Non -Academic Jobs 

March 30, 2017 12pm to 1pm @ Rackham West Conference Room

5. Getting Started: Exploratory PhD Process Groups for Nonacademic Career Paths Groups

Are you a PhD student with an open-mind and enthusiasm for self-exploration?

Are you ready to actively participate and share thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around your nonacademic career options? If so, this may be the group for you!

The Getting Started Group, facilitated by the University Career Center and CAPS, will meet three times this semester to explore interests, feelings, goals, and opportunities around nonacademic career paths.

This is a group for students beginning to explore options, at any point in their PhD process.

There is an expectation that group discussions will remain respectful and confidential, and we will limit group size to 12 participants. It is important for group integrity that those interested are committed to attending all 3 sessions

We will be hosting two groups this semester that will occer from 5pm to 6:15pm. Please find the dates for this semester below:

Group1: January 26th, February 2nd, and February 9th.

Group 2: March 16th, March 23rd, and March 30th. 

Interested in joining one of the groups? Apply here. If you have questions, please contact Clarence Anthony Jr. at ceajr@umich.edu

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