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Jobby's Tips If…You are Midway Through Your Grad or Postdoc Career

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Congratulations for planning ahead!  

Follow Jobby's Tips for exploring possible career paths and building a foundation for a professional and career development plan. Starting this process now will help you define and eventually achieve your career goals!

1. Familiarize yourself with the job search process

Get started by reviewing the OCS career strategy checklist in the Career Strategy Workbook.  It contains a timeline to guide you at every stage of your Yale career. Wondering about job fit? Use the tools in the workbook to help identify your interests, values and skills and follow up with appointment with an OCS advisor.

2. Check out job postings

Have you heard about a company and wondered what it would be like to work for them? Head to their website and see what types of job opportunities they have. You may be surprised by the variety of job functions they offer. It is never too early to look at job postings to get a sense of the qualifications they are looking for.  Find current openings on the Yale Career Link or through job boards such as Indeed.com or LinkedIn. information can guide you in choosing the right professional development activities during your time at Yale.

3. Research companies

Learn about companies in industries of interest to develop an understanding of how company culture, size, organization and internal career paths differ and what company type might be a good fit for you. Head to the OCS Online Career Resources searchable database to find websites with insights on industries and companies. Career Insider and Career Beam are good places to start.

4. Build professional skills and experience

Take advantage of the many resources and activities at Yale that will help you develop transferable skills and demonstrate relevance to potential employers. Interested in consulting?  Practice case studies or do pro bono work with the Yale Graduate Consulting Club, sign up for a project at PreScouter. Want to build programming skills? Take an online course with Coursera or Lynda.com or a class or workshop at Yale.

5. Attend career exploration events

The Office of Career Strategy organizes numerous career fairs, employer information sessions, career panels and job treks through the year.  Register for events on the Yale Career Link and be sure to check frequently for updates. In addition, take advantage of the career programming offered by many other student organizations and institutes at Yale. Sign up for their newsletters and see what’s listed on OrgSync.

6. Update your resume

Resumes are always working documents. Even if you are not currently looking for a job, working on your resume might help you identify skills and experience that you may want to develop while at Yale. For tips on converting your CV to a resume, start here.

7. Meet with an OCS advisor

OCS career advisors can help with every step, from self-assessments and exploratory resources, to salary negotiation once you have an offer in hand. OCS also has special advisors in arts, entertainment, and communications careers, and in non-profit, education and government careers. It is never too early to start working on a career and professional development plan!  Sign up for an appointment on the Yale Career Link.

8. Connect with Yale alums

Yale alums are eager to share their career experiences with students. Find alums in the Yale Career Network or LinkedIn’s Yale University Career Insights, and prepare for an informational interview using the tips here. Local alumni clubs can also be a great way to meet alums. The Yale Club of New Haven hosts monthly happy hours, volunteer activities and is always present for Yale sporting events.

9. Attend “Where Do I Go From Yale?”

This day-long event welcomes GSAS alums from around the world to share their career experience with Yale graduate students. Registration information for this year’s event, to be held in April 2018, will be posted in the OCS weekly newsletter.  

10. De-stress!

Most importantly, take time for yourself and those around you. No one ever said that finishing your PhD and looking for a job was easy. Save time to head to the gym, or go for a nice leisure walk. Even taking the time to cook a nice meal can always help!