Career Exploration

The following resources focus on developing a professional identity through the following techniques and practices: self-management, career exploration, and self-presentation.

Staff who are 100% dedicated to master’s and doctoral students provide one-on-one career consultations; support on job documents and career exploration; and concrete advice about how to leverage the UChicago alumni network—and articulate the value of your skills as a graduate student—to advance your career and academic objectives. Click here for more information about their programs and resources, and here for handouts of previous GSA events.

Discerning your Trajectory puts graduate students into conversation with distinguished alumni from a number of fields. These events, which occur monthly throughout the academic year, offer graduate students insights into the range of careers that alumni pursue after receiving their degree from UChicago. Click here for more information.

Graduate students at the University of Chicago go on to careers in a number of industries. But it can seem difficult to figure out where to begin the process of exploring and securing employment. "Getting a Start" takes place 2-3 times each academic quarter and features a combination of graduate alumni from the University of Chicago and recruiters or hiring managers from a variety of career sectors. Click here for more information.

Graduate Sutdent Affairs' career guides offer introductions to to a range of industries that may be of interest to doctoral students. Guides include introductions to each industry, best practices for job documents, and thoughts about how graduate skills apply in a range of fields and work.

Versatile PhD is an online resource to help graduate students and PhDs prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers. UChicago students should register and login through the Subscribing Institution University of Chicago link at the bottom of the homepage and follow subsequent prompts.

GradUCon GradUCon is the University's annual career conference for graduate students. The event features a full day of distinguished guest speakers, workshops, panel discussions, and informal networking sessions. In 2014, GradUCon hosted 260 master's and doctoral students, as well as 70 alumni. Now in its sixth year, GradUCon 2015 will be held on January 23 in Ida Noyes Hall. Graduate students and alumni interested in more information should visit the GradUCon homepage.


The University of Chicago Alumni Directory is an essential tool for students exploring careers inside and outside the Academy. Learn more about it here.