How We Help Students

The goal of the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development is to help Graduate Center doctoral and MA 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.
  • Maintaining an archive of easily accessible webinars on topics such as finding a postdoc, attending an academic conference, or building a LinkedIn profile.
  • 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 job and internship database.
  • Circulating information about available jobs, internships, fellowships, and other career opportunities via our weekly newsletter.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in areas 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.

Ways to Collaborate with Our Office

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 of Career Planning & Professional Development, Jenny Furlong, and the office’s career counselors 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 on our about page.

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