The goal of the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development is to help Graduate Center master’s and doctoral students achieve their career goals. We do this by:
- Providing students and recent alumni with one-on-one career advising on CVs, resumes, cover letters, as well as general career planning and job search strategies.
- Hosting a series of career programs and workshops designed to support faculty career paths and application to doctoral programs, as well as a wide range of career possibilities. (Please see our events page for more details about upcoming and past events.)
- Maintaining an archive of easily accessible webinars on topics such as finding a postdoc, attending an academic conference, or building a LinkedIn profile. (Please see our services page for these links.)
- Offering students and alumni access to career resources such Versatile PhD and Vault (in partnership with the GC Library), as well as GC Connect, our new job and internship database.
- Circulating information about available jobs, internships, fellowships and other career opportunities via our weekly newsletter.
- Collaborating with colleagues across the GC, such as the GC Library, the Teaching & Learning Center, the Futures Initiative, and the Early Research Initiative to provide students with a full battery of opportunities for professional engagement.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members and can do so in the following ways:
- Meeting with students that you refer to us directly to discuss career choices and strategy.
- Speaking at a program in your department (sample topics include “Leveraging your MA and Strategizing for Career Success,” “Setting Yourself Up for Success in Graduate School and Beyond” and “Writing a Strong Academic CV and Cover Letter”).
- Working together to plan and implement programs and events (recent examples include “Preparing, Pitching, and Proposing Your First Book Project,” “What is Trending in Scholarly Publishing?” and “Applying for a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship”).
The director, Jenny Furlong, and the office’s two career counselors, Emily Seamone and Richard Kurz, each have over ten years of experience working with graduate students and alumni on career issues. Annabella Bernard, our administrative coordinator, can also ably answer any questions you may have. In addition, the office is staffed by a terrific team of doctoral student fellows, whose names and bios can be found here.