Services

  • 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.

    Individual Appointments

    Current GC students can sign up for career advisement appointments using GC Connect. To make an appointment in GC Connect, follow these instructions. Please note that students can only schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance.

    If you are not a current GC student or if you need assistance using GC Connect, please send us an email at careerplan@gc.cuny.edu 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

    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. We offer walk-in meetings during the following times:

    • Mondays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

    It is always a good idea to send us an email at careerplan@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-7425 to confirm walk-in times, which sometimes change depending on staff availability.

    Small Group Meetings

    If you are interested in having someone come and speak with students in your program, 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
    • Networking

    We welcome your suggestions for additional topics. To schedule a small group meeting, please send an email to careerplan@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-7425 and include two or three dates and times that would work for your group.

  • 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, or 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.
    • The StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment tool is designed to uncover your natural talents. Created by Donald O. Clifton, Tom Rath, and a team of scientists at Gallup, StrengthsFinder is based on more than 40 years of research, which suggests that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors because these people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their careers and daily lives. The online assessment identifies an individual’s top five themes (out of a possible 34) based on their responses to a series of questions. Assessment results include descriptions of your five most dominant themes, ideas for applying your top five themes to your career and everyday life, and steps for you to take to help leverage your talents for achievement.

    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) and StrengthsFinder require a prior visit to the office.

    Making an appointment for these assessments is easy. When making an appointment, select Career Planning and Assessment as the appointment type and indicate which assessment you’d like to take in the appointment confirmation form.

  • 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.

    Current GC students can sign up for writing consultation appointments using GC Connect. To make an appointment in GC Connect, follow these instructions or watch this video tutorial. Please note that students can only schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance. Appointments are limited to two per student per two-week block; this includes cancellations. For questions, email writinghelp@gc.cuny.edu.

    Learn more about our graduate writing consultation services here.

  • GC Connect is the name for our appointment scheduling and job posting system powered by Symplicity. Students can use GC Connect to schedule appointments or apply to job postings advertised by our office.

    If you are a current GC student, you can access GC Connect by following these instructions.

    If you are not a current GC student or if you need assistance using GC Connect, please send us an email at careerplan@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-7425.

  • The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development maintains email lists as a service to current graduate students and alumni. We use these lists to share information about jobs, internships, funding opportunities, and events of interest. These lists are organized by broad discipline (humanities, social sciences, and STEM). When a message is sent to the list, it comes 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 upon joining the list.

    Our email lists are managed through the GC listserv service. Once you’ve joined the list, you can change your subscription options using the GC listserv service website.

  • Interfolio

    The Graduate Center partners with 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.

    It is free to set up an Interfolio account to request, collect, and organize your academic documents. To set up a free account, follow these instructions. Interfolio only charges a fee to use their dossier delivery service.

    Current GC students who are ready to use Interfolio’s dossier delivery service can send an email to careerplan@gc.cuny.edu to request an Interfolio access code. Each unique access code will provide a user with 50 delivery credits to be used in Interfolio within one calendar year. Students are eligible to renew this service twice (50 delivery credits each year for up to three years) through the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development.

  • Versatile PhD

    The Graduate Center subscribes to the Versatile PhD (VPhD), 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 VPhD website

    VPhD’s PhD Career Finder lets you access resources from the experiences of real PhDs who have gone in new professional directions:

    • Resume: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track, with detailed analysis that shows the application and hiring process step by step.
    • Q&A: Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD-friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to a wide range of member questions.
    • Long Term: Inspiring first-person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of the academy, including promotions, advancement, and signature accomplishments.

    You can also use the community discussion forums, a member directory listing thousands of PhDs across the United States, job listings, and great information about a wide variety of possible careers.

    If you’re a current GC student, use this link to access VPhD through our institutional portal and set up a free account.

  • Graduate Center students and alumni have access to Vault. The Vault website will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.

    The Vault Career Insider Guides are great for getting up to speed in an industry that you don’t know a lot about (e.g., 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 (e.g., 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). Once you’ve logged in and created a profile, you can download Vault’s guides as PDF files for free.

    You can also use Vault to find out more about job search skills such as networking and interviewing.

    If you’re a current GC student, use this link to access Vault through our institutional portal and set up a free account.

  • If your program or organization would like to co-sponsor an event for Graduate Center students, please send an email request to careerplan@gc.cuny.edu.

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