Startups, Entrepreneurship & Freelance Work

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Working at an early-stage startup, at a startup that is rapidly growing, or at an established company with a culture of innovation are all excellent professional opportunities that are possible for you after graduation. While the settings and work cultures may vary based on the size or type of company, what these opportunities have in common is that they place a high value on innovative thinking, encourage independent work, and are focused on problem-solving.

For more information on the ins and outs of becoming an entrepreneur, working at a startup or early stage non-profit, or becoming a freelancer, check out the many articles and companies within the Vault resource, or the Latest News curated for this community.

Below are valuable sources available for those at Yale interested in creating innovative solutions to challenges. The Office of Career Strategy also provides many external Career Resources for entrepreneurship, innovation, and startups towards the bottom of this page.

 

Charnice’s Corner: Summer Research Guide

Packed with useful information for every class year.
A must read for students seeking summer research!

All content of the guide has been collected and shared courtesy of Charnice Hoegnifioh

By Lisa Blees
Lisa Blees Assistant Director, Programming & Internal Relations
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PhD Pathways in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry

Are you curious about the myriad of career paths available in the bioscience industry? Check out the various opportunities and resources below curated specifically for STEM PhDs.

Understand the Drug Development Process

Bringing a drug candidate to the market is …

By Haofan Li
Haofan Li McDougal Career Fellow
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PhD Pathways in Entrepreneurship, Startups, and VCs

Interested in entrepreneurship, venture capital (VC), or startups? Explore the following resources to learn more about these career paths after a Ph.D. in STEM! 

Learn from GSAS Alums

Colleen Cuffaro
Partner at Canaan Ventures
PhD ’14, Cellular and Molecular Physiology

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
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By Stephanie DelVento
Stephanie DelVento Senior Administrative Assistant, Health Professions Advising/STEM Connect
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New: Mock Technical Coding Interview Appointments!

Software Engineering Interview Prep

The Office of Career Strategy is pleased to offer students mock technical coding interviews to ensure readiness for your upcoming internship or full-time position interviews for software development or engineering roles! Interviews have become an integral …

By Meredith Mira
Meredith Mira Senior Associate Director
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YC Career Outcomes

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

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Most Recent Class Overview

Knowledge Rate Success Rate Mean Starting Salary Top Five Industries
86.8% of those graduating between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 96.9% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation $76,359 among graduates employed in the United States. Financial Services, Education, Technology, Consulting, and Healthcare

 

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