Career & Professional Development

Careers and Job Search

It's important for graduate students to think about next steps after completing their degree. The Graduate Division offers a number of resources, workshops, and events to support graduate students in their career and professional development goals. Explore the options early so you can be prepared to make a successful transition from graduate school to a career - whether inside, outside, or alongside academia.



    Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215)
    Help with job search documents (resume, CV, cover letter, writing samples, etc.), funding applications, writing and editing, and navigating the job search process. For more information, contact Robert Hamm (Graduate Division’s Graduate Student Professional Development Coordinator) or Shawn Warner-Garcia (Graduate Division’s Professional Development Peer Advisor).

    The GradPost Career and Tools Section
    Browse the Career and Tools Section of The GradPost to find articles, resources, and information related to career and professional development. See also the Events page for an updated calendar of events and workshops.

    Career Services for Graduate Students
    Individual career counseling and regular workshops aimed at graduate students. For more information, contact Lana Smith-Hale (Career Services’ Graduate ​Career Consultant).

    Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP)

    Professional development seminars and workshops for graduate students in STEM fields. For more information, contact Arica Lubin (CSEP’s Graduate Program Coordinator).

    UCSB's official site for students looking for jobs, internships, and on-campus interviews

    UCSB Human Resources Job Postings
    Information on available on-campus staff positions

    National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
    Through UCSB’s institutional membership, graduate students and postdocs get access to free professional development and pedagogical resources including webinars, readings, and discussion forums.

    Versatile PhD
    The largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM. With UCSB’s institutional subscription, you gain access to premium content such as career transition portfolios, active members-only discussion boards, and online and in-person networking resources. To sign up, visit the Graduate Division’s Versatile PhD subscription page . The Graduate Division also hosts quarterly informational sessions designed to help scholars become ​better acquainted with Versatile PhD's resources. Check the GradPost events page to find the next offering.

    Glass Door

    Reports and reviews on thousands of companies sourced anonymously from employees and former employees.

    PhD Career Ladder Program
    Adaptable program guide and resources devoted to providing a step-by-step approach to career development and as well as a peer support network for graduate students and postdocs.


    Business-oriented social networking site featuring in-depth user profiles, job postings, interest groups, and other networking resources.

    Job, internship, and volunteer directory for non-profit organizations.

    Cheeky Scientist

    Blog and other resources for transitioning from academia to industry.

    Online career hub and support network for faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Featuring in-depth news and advice pieces, collaborative discussion groups, and an extensive syllabi database. Join for free and sign up for their regular newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest career and professional development information.
    Online access to more than 4,000 software, creative, and business skills video tutorials that are taught by industry experts. Available for free to graduate students who are currently employed through the university.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The leading source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Regular advice articles for graduate students as well as job postings and topic-specific blogs.

    Inside Higher Education
    Daily online publication focused on college and university topics featuring a career advice section and job postings.

    Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

    Job-placement and recruitment organization for institutions of higher education. In addition to job postings, features job-seeker tools such as webinars, testimonials, and blog.

    Meta-collection of Internet resources for the academic job hunter, including both faculty and administrative job listings as well as career articles.


    Academic job database sorted by category (faculty, administrative, and executive), location (region, state, and international), and type (community college, four-year institutions, and part-time).

    Faculty Salary Explorer
    Database of faculty salary information sorted by salary range, location, college name, and type of college.
    Academic-oriented social networking site featuring the ability to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field.

    Academic Jobs Wiki
    User-generated database for tracking searches in various categories for academic faculty positions, sorted by subject area. Also features academic networking and job resources.
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