The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development

What We Do

The Office of Career Planning and Professional DevelopmentThe Office of Career Planning & Professional Development (CP&PD) supports the Graduate Center’s students in exploring career paths and achieving their professional goals. We provide workshops and information sessions on the job search process, host networking events with alumni and potential employers, and encourage students to identify and apply their transferable skills.

There are many ways to take advantage of both our in-person services and online resources:

Key In-Person Services

Career advisement

Make an appointment with one of our career advisers to develop a career planning strategy, take career assessments, edit your job documents (e.g., CVs, resumes, cover letters), prepare for job interviews, or troubleshoot individual concerns.

Workshops & events

Keep an eye on our events page. Each semester, we host a variety of career-related events including professional development workshops, information sessions, career fairs, alumni panels, and networking events. Join our email list and follow us on Twitter to stay apprised of jobs, internships, funding opportunities, and events of interest.

Key Online Resources

Blog & podcast

Our blog is regularly updated with short articles to assist you with all steps of career planning, and our Alumni Aloud Podcast is a series of interviews with GC alumni who share their professional journeys and tips for the job search.

GC Connect: curated job board

Log in to GC Connect to view job postings on our in-house job board. (Follow these instructions if it’s your first time logging in.) Postings in GC Connect include internships, fellowships, and postdocs, in addition to full- and part-time work. All postings in GC Connect are vetted by our staff, and many of the listings are provided by employers who are expressly interested in hiring Graduate Center students and alumni.

Job search resource subscriptions

Our office also provides free access to online career resources such as Versatile PhD and Vault. You can access these and other career exploration and job search tools on our tools page.

Career Planning Guide

Finally, our Career Planning Guide provides answers to some of the most common questions asked in our office. This guide was designed to be a helpful starting point in thinking about career options and job search steps. It is meant to be a conversation starter, not an end point, one that gives you enough knowledge to know what to do next and where to seek more help.

Where We Are

CP&PD is located inside suite 3300 on the 3rd floor of the Graduate Center. Feel free to drop by during walk-in hours on Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. We can also be reached by phone at (212) 817-7425 or by email at careerplan@gc.cuny.edu.

We look forward to working with you!