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GSAS Alumni Spotlight: Valerie Hotchkiss, University Librarian

University Librarian, Vanderbilt University

In this new series, GSAS alums describe their path to a fulfilling non-faculty career and how their Yale PhD has contributed to their success. Meet Valerie Hotchkiss, PhD 1990 (Medieval Studies) who is currently University Librarian at Vanderbilt University.

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Welcome Faculty!

The Office of Career Strategy has a staff of 18 that work as a team to support Yale GSAS and Yale College students, postdoctoral scholars, and alumni seeking to clarify career aspirations, identify employment opportunities, and obtain advice at every stage of the non-academic job search process. Two staff members are dedicated to serving the GSAS and postdoctoral population:

Hyun Ja Shin, Director, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services
Brian Fre‚Äčnette, Senior Associate Director, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services

We would be delighted to meet with departments and faculty to discuss our services and ways we can collaborate to provide the highest level of support to our students and postdocs. For an overview of our programming and services, we invite you to review our Faculty Guide to OCS.


Request a Career Services Workshop

Faculty and staff may engage the Office of Career Strategy to conduct workshops for your students or postdocs.  Some popular workshop topics include:

  • Introduction to Career Strategy Resources
  • Converting your CV to a Resume
  • Networking
  • Negotiating Tips

We are happy to work with departments to develop customized workshops based on your needs, and welcome comments and suggestions for other programming and employer development.

Academic Job Search Workshop Series

The Office of Career Strategy supports students exploring non-academic careers. Students pursuing academic careers are advised to seek the assistance of their advisor, department Placement Officer, and Director of Graduate Studies.  

However, with the assistance of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Office of Career Strategy does administer a series of workshops annually on topics of interest to students and postdocs on the academic market. Videos of past sessions may be found here.  We invite faculty to participate in this series, and welcome feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ:  How can graduate students and postdocs connect with the Office of Career Strategy?

Students and postdocs may meet with one of fourteen advisors in our office to receive advice on any stage of the job search process, from career exploration to salary negotiation.  We also offer numerous skill-building workshops and employer events throughout the year.  To make appointments and register for events, students should access the Yale Career Link.  All students and postdocs also receive a weekly newsletter which details upcoming events and highlights job search resources and tips.

FAQ:  How can students and postdocs connect with Yale alumni?

All students and postdocs have access to the Yale Career Network, a database of over 17,000 alumni who have volunteered to be an informational resource for Yale students.  In addition, the Office of Career Strategy offers a number of alumni career panels over the course of the year. 

FAQ:  How can I refer potential employers?

The Office of Career Strategy welcomes inquiries from employers interested in Yale talent, and offers a number of formats for employers to engage with Yale students on campus. Please forward any inquiries or suggestions for employer development to our director of employer relations, David Halek.

FAQ:  Does the Office of Career Strategy maintain a jobs database?

Yes! The Yale Career Link has a jobs board that is accessible only by Yale students and postdocs.  If you receive an inquiry from an employer wishing to post a position, please direct the employer here for instructions.

FAQ: Do students and postdocs have the opportunity to interact with employers on campus?

The Office of Career Strategy offers many opportunities for students to engage with employers over the year, including 15 industry-focused career fairs and numerous employer information sessions. For the latest information on upcoming events, students should consult the Yale Career Link

FAQ:  What support does the Office of Career Strategy offer for the academic job search process?

The Office of Career Strategy organizes an annual workshop series on preparing for the academic job market.  Aside from this series, our primary focus is supporting students and postdocs exploring non-academic careers.  Students seeking additional help with their academic job search are advised to consult with their advisor, faculty placement officer, and DGS.  If you would like to participate in our academic job search workshop series or wish to provide feedback, please contact Brian Frenette.

Quick Links

Faculty Guide to OCS (PDF)
OCS staff directory
OCS video library
CS Employer Relations brochure (PDF)


GSAS students and postdocs requested 862 advising sessions in 2016.