Career and Professional Development Timeline


Take the time in your first year to complete these career and professional development activities

Know Yourself & Explore Options

  • Explore your interests, values, and skills
  • Identify the skills you need to get the job you want
  • Make an appointment with a career consultant to do a self-assessment of your strengths, interests, and personality
  • Explore career options through informational interviews and shadowing employers and alumni

Take Action

  • Develop a career plan using myIDP (Science), or ImaginePhD (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Meet and network with graduate students and faculty in your department
  • Attend workshops on networking skills and the job search
  • Attend career planning workshops hosted by the Fleishman Center, GCOS, and the GSO
  • Update your resume/CV and LinkedIn profile on a regular basis


Explore career and professional development opportunities.

Get Focused

  • Take on a leadership role relevant to your interests (i.e. mentorship, graduate student organizations, etc.)
  • Expand your skills and experiences though departmental committees or volunteer opportunities
  • Create an elevator pitch about your research and experience to use at conferences and at networking events

Take Action

  • Choose volunteer work, a research position, or teaching assistant opportunities to gain experience relevant to your career goals
  • Find job and internship opportunities through hireBING by Handshake
  • Attend conferences or professional development events in your field
  • Build your professional brand and expand your network by creating a LinkedIn profile and connecting with alumni
  • Get feedback on your CV at the Fleishman Center during walk-in hours or by scheduling an appointment through hireBING

Near Completion

Prepare for transition into the workforce by engaging in career and professional development tasks.


  • Take advantage of career development resources offered through professional organizations (i.e. training, services) and scholarly and professional conferences (i.e. workshops, networking events)
  • Familiarize yourself with resources such as ImaginePhD, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and which provide career advice to students pursuing a diverse range of careers outside of academia

Take Action

  • Attend the Job & Internship Fairs and employer information sessions to connect with recruiters
  • Inform network contacts that you're actively looking for a job and secure references
  • Make use of websites, job boards, and hireBING to apply for positions
  • Tailor your resume/CV and cover letter to jobs that interest you
  • Attend workshops offered by GCOS that offer insight into both the faculty job search as well as diverse career options