Career Development

Career Development

GSAS Compass helps doctoral and master’s students in the Arts and Sciences to identify, work toward, and achieve their post-graduation career goals. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture that fosters exploration, nurtures diverse interests, and assists in preparing GSAS students for a range of careers that are well suited to their individual skills, interests, values, and personalities. Above all, we empower students to harness their academic training in any career path they pursue.

GSAS Compass is a new initiative in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that offers a variety of career development services tailored to master’s and doctoral students. We will begin offering online workshops and events in June 2020, and one-on-one career counseling appointment available starting July 1. We will offer a full suite of programming and counseling beginning in Fall 2020. Please check back for updates throughout the summer and follow Columbia GSAS on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Rachel Bernard  

Rachel Bernard, PhD, Director of GSAS Compass. After earning her PhD in history at the University of California, Berkeley, Rachel began at Columbia’s Center for Career Education as Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development. She later joined American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to manage fellowship and grant programs for humanities and social science scholars at every stage of their career—from graduate students to senior academics. Rachel helped run the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which offers positions in nonprofit organizations and government agencies to recent PhDs in the humanities and social sciences. When she is not on campus, you might find Rachel jogging around the reservoir in Central Park, enjoying a croissant and coffee at Hungarian Pastry Shop, or chasing her two young kids at a playground in Morningside Park.

Francesca Fanelli  

Francesca Fanelli, Associate Director of GSAS Compass. Francesca comes to GSAS after five years at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), where she founded and developed the GSAPP office of Career Services. She instituted a career advising program and a robust suite of workshops and events, including a mentorship program and career fair. Francesca is currently pursuing at Teachers College a Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology with a focus on mental health; she has a particular interest in the intersection of gender, race, and career development. When not helping students explore their career interests, Francesca can be found cooking elaborate meals or running in Central Park.

Compass Resources

Career Development Resources

Learn about services, tools, and resources that are available to GSAS master’s and doctoral students and recent alumni.