Prepare for Your Career

While you have been navigating academia, building your skills, and creating your plan, you have been preparing simultaneously for your career. The Cornell Career Services (CCS) Career Development model has three stages—understand yourself, explore options, and take action—and the following resources will provide guidance as you navigate all three stages.

Career Guidance

  • Graduate students interested in non-academic career should meet with a career advisor.
  • Future faculty should meet with their special committee members, and explore workshops from the Center for Teaching Innovation and CU-CIRTL.
  • Graduate students seeking postdoctoral positions should meet with Christine Holmes, the Director of Postdoctoral Studies.

Postdoctoral scholars interested in any career path should meet with Christine Holmes. If you are ready to take action toward a career beyond academia and you are a Ph.D. or postdoc in a STEM field, consider getting involved with the BEST Program.

Programs and Events to Help You Prepare for Your Career

Additional Cornell Resources


Becoming an Engaged Alumni

While you are a graduate student or postdoc here at Cornell, you will likely benefit from the expertise of alumni as they share their career-related insight with you. As you move on from Cornell, consider these options to continue this culture of support:

  • This article from the BEST program provides suggestions for how to engage with Cornell graduate students and postdocs.
  • Join the Graduate School's network on LinkedIn
  • Become engaged through Cornell’s Diversity Alumni Programs.
  • Volunteer for a short-term or longer-term opportunity through CU Volunteer.

External Resources

  • Versatile PhD: Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM
  • ImaginePhD: A free, online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences
  • Professional associations