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EXPLORE By using Career Services’ resources and programs, you can gain insight into a variety of career options, inside or outside of the academy. We can help connect you with alumni and potential employers as you explore your professional interests.

Schedule an appointment or stop by during walk-ins. Career counselors are available to meet with you during scheduled appointments or daily walk-ins to discuss your career plans, answer questions, and review documents. You may meet with a career counselor to: Take a career assessment or personality inventory Help identify your skills, values, and interests Research and discuss possible career options Develop and/or assess your job search strategy Have your CV, resume and cover letters critiqued Identify contacts and resources for your search



The career development process is a journey that involves developing and refining your interests and goals over time. The earlier you begin to focus on your career development, the more prepared you will be to pursue the options and opportunities available to you. Career Services offers assistance throughout your entire graduate career, whether you are considering a career inside or outside the academy, or both. Careers inside the academy may include positions as faculty members, administrators, or researchers. Outside of the academy, opportunities may include research in industry or in government, nonprofit, consulting, and many other career fields. We are available to help you assess, explore and pursue the options that might be an ideal fit for you and to assist you in developing strategies for launching your career.

Career Services at Princeton University was instrumental in both the mental and physical preparation of my job search. Guidance was given in the form of editing my application materials, a lunch-time academic search group series, and one-on-one interview practice, including both in-person and Skype interviews. The support from Career Services provided a boost to my self-esteem as I entered the job market. I am thrilled with the outcome of my job search and highly advise other students to utilize Career Services. Elizabeth Young Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Develop a customized self-marketing strategy by working closely with Career Services. We can help you identify opportunities, learn how to network, as well as create tailored CVs, resumes, and letters.

Practice your interview skills Other areas where Career Services may provide support in your job search include: reviewing a statement of teaching philosophy, discussing letters of recommendation, thank you letters, mock interviews, and negotiating job offers.

Attend workshops, panel events, and career fairs. We offer special presentations and skill-building workshops specifically for graduate students on resume/CV writing, interviewing, job search strategies, networking techniques, and career transitions. We hold panel events and networking receptions where we invite professionals and alumni to campus to share their insights and advice with graduate students. We also host four annual career fairs to connect students with employers. Sign up for our weekly “CareerNews-Grad” email. These weekly newsletters highlight upcoming programs, speakers, and workshops. You can visit the “Grad Student” section of our website for the link to register. While on our site, you can also sign up to receive an RSS feed of all events and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.


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Explore our Resources by Industry Section (Resources & Tools) for information about specific industries you may be considering. For example, The Versatile Ph.D. has information for those interested in the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields. In addition, ScienceCareers is for those exploring non-academic possibilities in the sciences. There are many other fields and industries represented. To research potential employers and industries, use the links to Vault and Wetfeet available under “Resources & Tools”. For general job search advice, check out our comprehensive Career Planning Guide. The Alumni Careers Network, accessible from the “Resources & Tools” menu at the top of our homepage, provides a database of over 4,600 alumni volunteers who have volunteered to provide advice. You can search for alumni in your field of interest who are willing to speak with you via email or phone.

recommended books

Read these publications (Copies of some of these books are available in the Career Services library.) Chandra Louise: Jump Start Your Career in Bioscience Cynthia Robbins: Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower Carl J. Sindermann and Thomas K. Sawyer: The Scientist as Consultant: Building New Career Opportunities Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong: The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th Edition. Karen Young Kreeger: Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science Peter S. Fiske ‘88: To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists; Put Your Science To Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists Susan Basalla *97 and Maggie Debelius *00: So What Are you Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside of Academia

The University provides opportunities for graduate students’ professional development, both academic and non-academic, along a spectrum ranging from students’ home departments to The Graduate School itself, and a number of University Centers. Visit their websites to learn more about their offerings: The Graduate School: McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning: The Writing Program: The Program in Teacher Preparation: Davis International Center: The Keller Center:

explore our website To identify and apply for opportunities, use the resources available on our homepage, such as our TigerTracks online job posting and on-campus recruiting system and CareerSearch. For those interested in global opportunities, GoingGlobal offers international job and internship postings and information.

Take advantage of opportunities at Princeton


Join professional associations and societies Becoming affiliated with a professional association can help you to: Learn about trends in the field and potential career options after Princeton Expand your personal and professional network Identify specific opportunities based on your professional connections and relationships


Join LinkedIn LinkedIn is a great resource for graduate students to build their professional networks, stay abreast of trends in their industry, and research potential employers and opportunities. Career Services offers workshops on how to use social media as part of a comprehensive job search strategy. We also offer individual LinkedIn profile critiques, by appointment. Follow these general steps to create a professional presence on LinkedIn: Choose a professional headshot photo and build your professional profile 100 percent by including all of the experience on your resume or CV. Search for alumni and other professionals in your field. When reaching out to establish connections, be sure to personalize each one with a message about who you are, why you would like to connect, and whether you have a common connection or affiliation. Join alumni groups and professional association groups affiliated with your field of interest on LinkedIn. Follow organizations you are interested in applying to as a way to stay abreast of news, announcements, and opportunities.


professional development

The Office of Career Services offers more than 30 programs and workshops exclusively for graduate students each year. In 20122013, more than 900 graduate students attended our programs. Below are some examples of past programs and speakers for graduate students. Similar programs are offered each year. For an up-to-date list of program offerings for the current year, please visit the Office of Career Services website or subscribe to CareerNews-Grad to get a weekly email update.

Preparing Your Job Application Industry Guest Speakers Materials & Panels for the Academic Search Guest speakers (often graduate alumni) from industry are brought

to campus each year to educate graduate students about the various fields they represent and provide job search advice in their particular Case Interview Strategies - Presented by Applied industry. Examples of career fields represented in the past featuring Predictive Technologies alumni speakers include: Careers in Tech Transfer

Graduate students will learn about the variety of research and teaching options across many different types of colleges and universities. These programs offer guidance on how to create a successful application. Information is also available through most academic departments and their graduate student websites. Academic Job Search: Preparing your Materials Writing a Teaching Statement with the McGraw Center Talking about Your Teaching with the McGraw Center The Campus Interview Searching for a Postdoc Academic Job Search Work Groups

Non-Academic Job Search Programs

Graduate students will learn about a range of non-academic career options and how to prepare application materials for non-academic jobs. Converting your CV to a Resume Mastering the Case Interview Advanced Interview Skills Non-Academic Job Search Work Group Career Transitions Workshop How to Leverage a Graduate Degree for Non-Academic Careers What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment

Teaching Options Beyond Research Universities LGBT: Coming Out in the Academic Search On the Job Market: Preparing for an Academic Conference

Assessing Your Interests

Professional Development

Graduate students will be better equipped to launch a job search after attending a professional development seminar to learn the essential skills needed, such as business etiquette, personal branding, interviewing, and negotiation. Polishing your Networking Skills

StrengthsFinder: What are your strengths?

Your Personal Brand and the Job Search

What Makes You Tick? With the MBTI Assessment

Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers Business Etiquette in the Job Search Work/Life Balance during Graduate School and Beyond

These fairs are held on-campus and are open to all graduate students at Princeton. Employers from a wide range of fields are available to discuss internships and/or full-time opportunities. General Interest Career Fair

Ann Taylor Dress for Success Night

Science & Technology Fair

Searching for a Post doc Panel Careers in Entrepreneurship

Nonprofit Fair

Careers in Medical Writing

Careers inAcademic Higher Education Administration Graduate Student Job Search Working

Group - SixCareers Part Series in Research and Writing Outside of Academia

Summer Internship Fair Start-Up Fair

CareersCareer in Consulting General Interest Fair Careers in Science Journalism

Case Interview Strategies - Presented by Boston Consulting Group

Polish your Networking Skills “During my final year at Princeton I decided to look into the non-academic career track. Check forand updates and I knew I had the intelligence drive to do new additions to the calendar! Advanced Interviewing Skills for Graduate well outside the academy, but I was totally Students unfamiliar as to how to go about finding a job. I took advantage of the wonderful help provided What Every International Student Should by Career Services. This included a one-on-one session giving me advice on rewriting my CV as a resume and later a six-part workshop that covered the entire process of finding a job from creating a web presence to handling an interview opportunity and negotiating salary.” Robert MacGregor Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science

Academic Job Search Programs

Career Fairs


sample programs & workshops

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