We are happy to meet with students and recent alumni (up to 5 years out) to review job documents (CVs and resumes, cover letters, etc.) and to discuss any career-related issues. All meetings are confidential. Initial meetings last 30 minutes.
The office is currently located within the office suite of Room 3300, office number 3300.08.
To make an appointment, please fill out our appointment request form and include two or three dates and times that would work for you (or call 212-817-7425).
If you have documents that you would like a career counselor to review, please bring hard copies. Also, if you are applying to a particular job, please bring the description with you. Be sure to take a look at some of the job search documents resources on this website before preparing your materials. Doing this will help to make your meeting with a career counselor more productive.
Walk-in meetings are fifteen-minute appointments offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You do not have to schedule a meeting in advance; you can just drop in and ask any career-related question you may have. During the Fall 2016 semester, we will offer walk-ins hours on:
- Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
It is always a good idea to call or email and confirm walk-in times (212-817-7425 or email@example.com), which sometimes change depending on staff availability.
Small Group Meetings
If you are interested in having someone come and speak with students in your department, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We would be happy to speak with your group about any career-related topic, including the following:
- CV, resume, and cover letter writing
- Interviewing skills
- Preparing for an academic job search
- Thinking about careers outside of academe
We welcome your suggestions for additional topics. To schedule a small group meeting, please send an email to CareerPlan@gc.cuny.edu and include two or three dates and times that would work for your group (or call 212-817-7425).
The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development offers the following formal self assessments to interested students as a part of general career planning:
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment is one of the most widely used personality assessments, which is based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type. One common use of the MBTI® instrument is for the purposes of career choice, development, and planning. More specifically, the MBTI® assessment and its report assist individuals in identifying one’s personality type and how type applies to various careers. Note that this instrument is specifically looking at one aspect of career development (i.e., personality type), and does not take into consideration one’s values, skills, and interests. Thus it is important to review the MBTI® instrument results as one part of the complete career picture. The MBTI® is often taken alongside the Strong Interest Inventory®.
- The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is also one of the most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. The Strong® instrument is especially helpful with career exploration, as it opens up the world of work to first-time career seekers and those considering career transition by identifying their interests and demonstrating how they relate to various occupations. As in the case of the MBTI® assessment, the Strong® instrument specifically focuses on one facet of career development—your interests. Thus it is important to review the Strong® assessment results in conjunction with knowledge of one’s personality traits, values, and skills, and how these apply to career fields as well. All of these factors together will provide a more comprehensive roadmap for career planning and decision making.
- SkillScan is an interactive assessment tool that helps individuals identify their transferable skills (i.e., skills that one can take from one career to another). This instrument contains 60 transferable skill cards that correspond with six major skill categories. Students/alumni sort the cards according to their proficiency level, preference level, and skill development, and then organize the results into an insightful chart. SkillScan is beneficial for those who want to take a comprehensive look at their transferable skill sets for the purposes of communicating such skills with employers on resumes, CVs, and cover letters; talking about their skills in elevator pitches, networking conversations, and interviews; and applying their skills to various career options and functions.
Students can take the SkillScan without a prior visit to the office. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory (usually taken together) require a prior visit to the office. Making an appointment for these assessments is easy. Just fill out our appointment request form and let us know which one you’d like to take.
Beginning in fall 2015, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development will maintain email lists as a service to current graduate students and alumni. We will use these lists to share information about jobs, internships, funding opportunities, and events of interest. These three lists will be organized by broad discipline (humanities, social science, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). When a message is sent to the list, it will come with a very precise subject heading so that list members can quickly see whether the information is of interest. An example of this is “Subject: Assistant Director, Humanities Center, XYZ University.”
To sign up to receive email from our office, please fill out this form. You will receive a confirmation email from us upon joining the list.
Our email lists are managed through the GC listserv service. Once you’ve joined the list, you can use this site to change your subscription options.
Our office sponsors career development webinars every semester. You can register for upcoming live webinars on our events page, or access past webinars by clicking on the links below.
- Preparing for the Academic Job Market
- Making the Most of an Academic Conference
CVs, Cover Letters, and More: Preparing Strong Documents for the Academic Job Search
- After the Application: What Happens Next in the Job Search Process
- Preparing for Interviews for Faculty Positions
- Preparing for a Campus Visit
- Preparing for the Job Talk and Teaching Demo
- Applying for a Postdoc: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Applying for a Postdoc: STEM Fields
Job Search and Networking:
- What’s Next? Figuring Out Your Career Options
- How to Network and Build Your Connections
- LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics
- Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile
- Putting LinkedIn to Work: Job Searching, Networking, and Personal Branding
Landing a Job:
The Graduate Center has partnered with a company named Interfolio to provide online dossier services. As is now common practice, student portfolios can be placed online in an Interfolio account and accessed 24/7. The student works directly with Interfolio to establish a portfolio that can include letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, writing samples, dissertation abstracts, teaching certifications, student evaluations, and more.
The Interfolio system accepts and stores almost any type of information. Interfolio is an excellent way to store and deliver materials to an academic search committee or for further study. Interfolio maintains robust technological safeguards to keep documents private and safe. Once you sign up and upload your documents, the process for sending out materials becomes as simple as telling Interfolio where you want to apply and when.
The Graduate Center will pay for a one-time three-year membership for currently
registered students in addition to subsidizing mailing credits.
The Versatile PhD
The Graduate Center subscribes to the Versatile PhD, a terrific website for doctoral students considering careers outside of the traditional tenure-track path:
“The Versatile PhD mission is to help humanities and social science (and STEM as of July 2013) graduate students identify and prepare for possible non-academic careers. We want them to be informed about academic employment realities, educated about non-academic career options, and supported towards a wide range of careers, so that in the end, they have choices. The key concept here is versatility: the ability to apply their skills and interests in a wide variety of fields.” – From the Versatile Ph.D. website
The site includes an email discussion list where you can post your questions about working outside academe. In the premium content section, you will find profiles of Ph.D.’s who have put their skills to use in a wide range of sectors, discussion content about specific careers, job listings, and sample cover letters and resumes (as well as the CV’s they were converted from) from Ph.D.’s who have found non-academic positions.
Vault Career Insider Guides
Graduate Center students now have access to the Vault Career Insider Guides. These guides are great for getting up to speed in an industry that you don’t know a lot about (the Vault Career Launcher: Advertising and Public Relations includes a chapter-length glossary of industry terms) or getting an in-depth perspective on employers in a given industry (see the 532 page guide to the top 50 banking employers or the 1387 page guide on the top 50 management and strategy consulting firms). You can also use them to find out more about jobs search skills such as networking and interviewing. Once you’ve logged in and created a profile, you can download these guides in pdf form for free. The Vault site will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.
You can access the Vault Guides and set up your own account here.
Our graduate writing consultants are available to meet with Graduate Center students to review students’ written materials and to discuss writing-related issues. Students can bring writing from a variety of genres, including course assignments, conference and dissertation materials, and more. Consultants address questions on both the micro (e.g. sentence structure, grammar, clarity) and macro (e.g. brainstorming, organization) levels. Consultants do not “correct” or copy-edit student writing; rather, they help students learn and implement writing strategies.
All meetings are confidential. Meetings last 45 minutes. Our office is located in room 3300.10
Spring 2017 hours:
Monday, Thursday, & Friday 9:00 – 12:00
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 2:00 – 4:00
Our sign-up sheet shows slots for 2 weeks at a time. Appointments are limited to two per student, per two-week block; this includes cancellations. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students wishing to access GC Connect to schedule appointments should use this link: https://gc-cuny-csm.symplicity.com/students/?signin_tab=0
GC Connect is the name for our appointment scheduling system powered by Symplicity.