Gap Year & Short-Term Opportunities

The gap year refers to a period of time, usually one or two years after graduation, when students take a break from education to work or volunteer before continuing with graduate/professional school or starting a longer-term job. These short-term experiences help students explore career paths and gain experience. In some cases, these experiences will turn into longer-term.

  • Think about your motivation: Why do you want to take a gap year or two? Have you thoroughly thought about how this might fit with your future goals?
  • Define your goals: Are you interested in expanding your resume, living independently, clarifying your interests, or experiencing a different culture?
  • Research: What are your options?
  • Plan ahead: Planning ahead is useful in order to avoid missing deadlines for applications or fellowships. Give yourself ample time to update any international travel documents you may need, save money, or book trips in advance.

 

4th Annual Yale Postdoc Symposium

We invite you to the 4th Annual Postdoc Symposium to be held ONLINE on Tuesday, June 15th, and on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. The symposium welcomes Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists (ARS) from all departments and fields of research to …

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New York Times: Résumé-Writing Tips to Help You Get Past the A.I. Gatekeepers

More companies than ever are using software to screen their mountains of job applications. Getting seen by a human recruiter takes some effort. Read the article.

March …

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10 Entry-Level Jobs for English Majors (No, English Teacher Isn’t One of Them)

When faced with the age-old question “What are you going to do with that degree?” English majors often find themselves wondering how they’ll land a job after graduation. You may think your only options are to become an English teacher, …

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Alec Ellison ’84 and Tamar Sadeh ’85 Israel Travel Award

The Alec Ellison ’84 and Tamar Sadeh ’85 Israel Travel Award provides a stipend to all undergraduate students carrying out an internship, research, language study, arts apprenticeship, or other relevant experience in Israel. Preference will be given to internships.

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Applying for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

 

If you are an F-1 student planning to work in U.S. this summer, it is time to review the eligibility criteria and process for Optional Practical Training (OPT), a temporary employment authorization that provides an opportunity to apply knowledge …

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Career Outcomes

The Office of Career Strategy collects information about Yale College graduates after graduation. This interactive tool allows users to search these outcomes by year and major. Please visit Statistics & Reports for the more detailed reports.

Helpful Tips on using the Interactive Tool:

  • There is no Enter or Submit Button  Results will appear automatically with your selections
  • Choose ‘All Years’ or ‘All Majors’- For results across years and majors or check one for more granular results.
    • Default results will show the most recent Class Year.
    • Uncheck selected major(s) to reset your search.
    • To ensure student confidentiality, results are only reported in the aggregate and more granular data is not available through this public tool.
    • The tool will return results with at least five responses. If you require additional information contact the Office of Career Strategy

Most Recent Class Overview

Knowledge Rate Success Rate Mean Starting Salary Top Five Industries
91.6% of those graduating between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 91.7% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation $71,030 among graduates employed in the United States. Financial Services, Education, Consulting, Technology and Healthcare

 

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First Destination

First Destination refers to the postgraduate plans of Yale College graduates six months after graduation. The pursuits of Yale graduates include employment, graduate school, independent research, military service, and more.

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