Your PhD has equipped you not only with specialized expertise in your discipline, but also with transferable skills that may be applied to a range of careers. Use the resources below to learn about the diverse paths that Yale PhDs and others have taken outside of the academy, and to explore opportunities open to PhDs.
For additional information on career paths, employers and industries, attend one of the many alumni career panels, industry events or employer information sessions organized by the Office of Career Strategy, and visit the Resource Library.
In this new series, GSAS alumni describe their path to a fulfilling non-faculty career and how their Yale PhD has contributed to their success. Check back regularly for updates to this series!
FAQ: GSAS Alumni Spotlight: Humanities and Social Sciences PhDs
- Ariel Bardi, PhD 2010 (Comparative Literature), Journalist
- Nancy Brune, PhD 2006 (Political Science), Executive Director, Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
- Leigh Harris, PhD 1998 (English Literature), Associate Director of UCLA Writing Programs
- Valerie Hotchkiss, PhD 1990 (Medieval Studies), University Librarian at Vanderbilt University
- Dustin Hooten, PhD 2015 (French Literature), Software Engineer at CA Technologies
- Sarah LeBaron von Baeyer, PhD 2016 (Anthropology), Consultant, Red Associates
- Jeff Mankoff, PhD 2006 (History), Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Andrew Richter, PhD 1979 (Sociology), Founder and President, Richter Associates, Inc.
- James Shulman, PhD 1993 (Renaissance Studies), Senior Fellow in Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Michael Zimm, PhD 2016 (Classics), Creative Strategist, Digital Surgeons
FAQ: GSAS Alumni Spotlight: STEM PhDs
- Tom Magaldi, PhD 2012 (Genetics), Administrator of Career and Professional Development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Ella Hinson, PhD 2009 (Biology and Biomedical Sciences), Senior Editor at Cell Host & Microbe
- Ian Simon, PhD 2008 (Biology and Biomedical Sciences), Science Policy Analyst, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)
Below is just a sampling of the many online resources providing information on career paths, industries and job postings potentially of interest to PhDs. For more, visit the Resource Library.
FAQ: General Resources for PhDs
- Versatile PhD: Full access to this service is provided courtesy of the Office of Career Strategy through Yale's portal page.
- Jobs on Toast: Informative blog with advice and resources for job-seeking PhDs
- PhDs at Work: "Week in the Life" series profiling PhDs across a range of industries, and networking events.
- PhD Career Guide: Covers possible entry points, application process, and job characteristics for 12 industries commonly considered by PhDs.
- From PhD to Life: Extensive list of resources for PhDs exploring non-academic careers
- GradSquare: Videos narratives of PhDs in varied careers, and jobs board for graduate students
- “Where are all the PhDs?” – Narratives by PhD holders.
- Outside the Ivory Tower : A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers by Margaret New House
- So What Are You Going To Do With That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia by Susan Bassala and Maggie Debelius
FAQ: Resources for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers
- Beyond the PhD: Career resources for students in the arts and humanities
- Sell Out your Soul: A Guide for Lost Humanities Majors
- Resources for an Expansive Job Search: Humanities and Social Sciences: Reference for sites that discuss conversion graduate training in the humanities or social sciences to a nonacademic career, and sites that include job listings.
- Society of American Archivists Online Career Center
- Career Alternatives for Art Historians
- Careers for Students of History
- Non-Academic Careers, American Psychological Association
- American Philosophical Association: A Non-Academic Career?
- 20 writing fellowships you should bookmark now
- Digital Humanities Now: Digital Humanities scholarship and resources from the web, including job postings.
- Teaching yourself to code in DH: Introductions to programming or analytic methods (math / statistics / etc.) aimed at or useful for humanists with limited coding experience.
FAQ: Resources for STEM PhDs
- "From Bench Science to.." Series, Vitae (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Drop Out Club
- ScienceCareers: Put forth by AAAS. Has links for finding jobs, career articles, and forums for job seekers.
- New York Academy of Sciences: Career path videos, networking events, and workshops
- National Institutes of Health Career Service Center: Jobs board, advice on resumes and covers and more.
- American Chemical Society Career Navigator: Career resources and training for chemists.
- Physics Today: Useful resource for Physics PhDs looking for jobs after grad school. Has a job bank with careers in and outside of academia
- New Scientist: Helpful for PhDs seeking science and technology jobs. Job bank that can searched by discipline (chemistry, engineering, math, etc) and by employers.
- Biospace: Job bank for careers in the life sciences – search by title, keyword, company, or location. Also has links to career resources and career events.
- Cell & Molecular Biology Online: Provides advice as well as links to job search tools for PhDs in cell and molecular biology.
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Careers page: Offers career development video tutorials, webinars, online courses, advice articles, and how-to guides, as well as resources on a variety career paths.
FAQ: Resources for International Students and Postdocs