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.
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
March 24, 2017 (Noon - 1pm)
2. Pitch Perfect: How to Effectively Network and Build a Strong Pitch
March 16, 2017 @ Rackham (Noon)
3. Converting Your CV to a Resume: Transforming Your Experiences in Academia to Apply to Non -Academic Jobs
4. 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:
March 16th, March 23rd, and March 30th.
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.