Grad Student Job Search

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Jobs Beyond Academia and The Tenure Track: Workshop Series

This five-part workshop series highlights the most important areas of a graduate student’s job search beyond academia and the tenure track. By participating in the workshops, you will gain valuable insight from U of M career services experts and the chance to assess your own skills and goals. This workshops series is free and open to all U of M graduate and postdoctoral students. Each session informs and supports the other, but attendance to each session is not required. Workshops will take place weekly via Zoom on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. starting September 22 and concluding on October 20.

  1. Self-Assessment and Goal Setting: What are your strengths, skills, and values? 
  2. Building Career Resilience: Accepting setbacks and loss of professional identity 
  3. Job Search Preparation: Employer research, networking, and position fit analysis
  4. Resumes and Cover Letters: Target your documents and get the interview!
  5. Interviewing and Negotiations: Introduction and frameworks

Did you miss any workshops or want to revisit any of the materials?  View previous session recordings/course modules.

Funding Your Studies

Funding includes fellowships, University student jobs, and graduate assistantships.

Job Search Resources

Whether you are looking for academic or non-academic positions, explore the following resources for assistance and information:

Job Search Tips

Start today by building and maintaining relationships with professionals in your field. Build them now, before you need them. Why?  These benefits:

  • References
  • Job leads
  • Introductions to other professionals
  • Meet interesting people!
  • Industry and employer information
  • Mentoring

Meet with professionals in your field. Ask about their professional experiences and tell them about yours.  Ask for their advice about positioning yourself, employers, and job search.  And ask how you can help them!  Then stay in touch.

Identify professional associations and make the most of those in your industry.  Attend and volunteer at conferences and events, connect with members, stay abreast of industry trends.

Research employers who hire individuals with your expertise.  Seek out organizational and industry news.

Start early familiarizing yourself with employers, industry jargon, required qualifications, and expectations by reading job descriptions (search online job boards, organizations you know, professional journals and publications).

Non-academic Job Search

In addition to all the resources above, see:

  • Job and Internship Search Resources
  • Inside Higher Ed, Alternative to Academic Careers (Alt-Ac) advice
  • Versatile PhD (login with your UMN email), Helping graduate students and PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers
  • SciPhDAddressing concerns of early career scientists ($19.95 for skills assessment of “24 core business competencies that are valued by industry for entry level positions”. This listing does not represent endorsement).
  • Cheeky Scientistthe world’s largest PhD-only job search training platform specifically for helping PhDs transition into industry careers. This listing does not represent endorsement.
  • Check out Handshake, the university's job and internship board.

Academic Job Search

Academic Job Search Worksheet (PDF)

Refer the relevant resources above, and prepare to: