GSAS Professional Development Programs
These GSAS and Columbia programs below allow advanced doctoral students to gain valuable professional experience and leverage campus resources.
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Funding to Attend Conferences
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These services offered by the Center for Career Education (CCE) help PhD students to explore professional paths and achieve their career goals.
- One-on-one career counseling
- Career assessments
- LionSHARE: job board available only to Columbia students and alumni
- “Quick Questions” drop-in hours
- Practice interviews
- “Insider Info” about hundreds of employers
- Clothing Closet: borrow interview attire at no cost
- Services for international students
- Services for students with disabilities
- Services for veteran students
Developing Job Search Documents and a Portfolio
The following CCE resources can assist students in developing their online presence and job application materials.
- Design Your Next Steps: sample resumes, CVs, and cover letters
- Converting Your CV to a Résumé
- How and Why to Write a Great Cover Letter
- Transferable Skills for PhDs in the Humanities
Visit LionSHARE to find upcoming skill-building workshops offered by CCE.
Mapping Your Career Journey
Below are self-assessment tools to identify skills, interests, and values, and resources for learning about employers.
Self-Paced Career Exploration
- Career Websites and Resources for PhDs
- PhD Career Development Timeline
- ImaginePhD: career exploration and planning tool for students in the humanities and social sciences
- myIDP: career exploration and planning tool for students in the natural sciences
- Columbia Individual Development Plan (IDP) Program
- CCE Industry Guides
- Career Exploration for STEM PhDs
- Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Career Exploration Activity Packet (MLA): skills self-assessment, job ad analysis, and next steps for humanities students
- Preparing for Life Outside the Academy (MLA): a primer and resource guide for humanities students
Subscription & Digital Resources
- GoinGlobal: Country Career Guides and USA City Career Guides
- Vault: company-specific information and interview strategies
- UniWorld: employment at multinational companies
- Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning Courses
- Graduate Student Consulting Club: case interviews
There are several ways for PhD students to make valuable professional connections with employers, Columbia alumni, and peers: