Explore Careers

The below self-service tools are a great option to explore careers if you want to research at your own pace.

If you are looking for guided support in a classroom setting, register for one of our career management workshops in Handshake. If you have not yet accessed Handshake, use your NetID and password to login.  Then go to Events >> Workshops to register for our next class.

If you are new to the world of work or have not had much exposure to a variety of job functions, it is time to start researching.  As a graduate student, this should be right up your alley.

An easy place to start are these curated lists of the best jobs and top companies to work for. (new window)   These lists are based on analysis from the rich data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  They will give you an idea of jobs that are in-demand and projected to grow, typical compensation and lifestyle considerations.  If you love data, you can get deeper by using the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook which has a wealth of information on hundreds of careers across 25 industries.

Another great online resource for conducting job or internship research is Firsthand (formerly Vault). You can research specific job roles, companies, industries, salary ranges, and much more.

If you are a PhD candidate and are curious about the many career options outside of academe, start here, and you will quickly find that you are not alone in your quest to discover non-academic career options.  Join a community of like-minded people who are seeking to leverage their research, writing and problem-solving skills in rewarding careers beyond the professoriate.