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The Office of Career Strategy (OCS) has a staff of 18 that support students and alums in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, postdoctoral scholars, and alums seeking to clarify career aspirations, identify employment opportunities, and obtain advice at every stage of the non-academic job search process. OCS does not work with students within Yale's Professional Schools.


Tip: Yale faculty and staff are uniquely positioned to support the career aspirations of students and graduates; however, this can sometimes raise unanticipated legal or ethical issues. As a member of the National Association of Colleges & Employers, OCS encourages our collegues to review this Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Employment. Please note that this guide is not all encompassing and you should contact the general counsel's office if you have concerns on how to address a particular issue.

Top OCS Resources to Share with Your Students

FAQ: Advising, Workshops & Employer Events

OCS has a team of career advisors to help students navigate their career path. Whether they are completely undecided or know exactly what they want to try, our advisors can help. OCS offers thirty-minute individual advising sessions by appointment and 15-minute drop in advising Monday-Friday 10am-4pm throughout the academic year (when classes are in session). Student can also use our on-line resume and cover letter service to have their materials reviewed any time of year.

Each year OCS hosts over one hundred programs and workshops for students to learn about careers and higher degree programs, interact with professionals, and build basic career skills. Our programs focus on equipping students with career search strategies and resources; creating and organizing application materials for advanced degrees, internships and jobs, and preparing students for employment. In addition, the OCS works with thousands of employers to coordinate events to enable students to learn more about the nature of the work and potential career opportunities.

FAQ: Professional Experiences & Internship Opportunities

Experiences can take many forms: part-time or full-time, on-campus or off-campus, summer or academic year. Some students seek structured programs while other students create an opportunity to fit their unique interests. Finding the right experience can be an exciting process, but also requires persistence and resilience. OCS is here to help every step of the way and provides many resources for students to get started.

FAQ: Applying to Graduate & Professional School

Applying to graduate school may seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t need to be. OCS advisors support and assist students and alums with clarifying goals and reasons for pursuing an advanced degree, researching programs, and navigating the application process.

OCS provides support to students and alums applying to graduate school, business school, law school and advanced degrees in the health professions (including medical school, dental school, nursing school, veterinary school and other health professions programs).

FAQ: Yale Career Link - Job Board, Event Calendar, Peer Networking Lists and More

The Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity, offers a centralized place for students and alums to view career resources and find opportunities. Faculty and advisors are invited to contact OCS for a faculty/advisor account to YCL, which will allow you to see these resources and help guide your students. Tools within the Yale Career Link include:

  • Ability to schedule appointments with an OCS advisor.
  • Research thousands of employers and contacts through the Employer Directory.
  • RSVP to OCS workshops and employer events.
  • Search and apply to opportunities, including internships and the On-Campus Recruiting program.
  • The Career Library for lists of thousands of Yale students and recent graduates willing to discuss their summer and post-graduate experiences.
  • Practice and record interactive mock interviews.
  • Access CareerShift, a job aggregator that searches positions posted across thousands of employer websites and other public sites.

FAQ: Postgraduate Outcomes

OCS closely tracks the paths of Yale College students during the summer and after graduation. Visit our Outcomes page for more information on the paths of Yale College students and also post-graduate information collected by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

FAQ: Yale Career Network - University Alum Career Database

The Yale Career Network is a database of Yale alums interested in networking with fellow alums and current students. This network allows students to search and connect with Yale alums to discuss career objectives and explore career interests and enables alums to serve as a career resource to others by sharing their experience, skills, and expertise.

Collaborate with OCS

OCS is delighted to meet with departments and faculty to discuss ways to collaborate and provide support to our students and postdocs. For general inquiries, please contact Jeanine Dames, Director of the Office of Career Strategy. If you have a specialized request, please connect with the appropriate team member below.

Working with students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences or Postdocs?

  • Hyun Ja Shin, Director, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services
  • Brian Fre​nette, Senior Associate Director, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services

Working with students interested in Nonprofit, Government, Education, Co​mmunications or the Arts (Architecture/Design, Entertainment, Fine and Visual, Literary, Theater and Performing)?

Questions about health professions, including applying to Medical, Dental or Veterinary School?

Questions about applying to Graduate School, Law School, or Alum Advising?

Request a Career Services Workshop for Your Students/Department

Faculty and staff are invited to request one of the following career workshops for your students or postdocs. OCS is also happy to work with departments to develop customized workshops based on your needs, and welcome suggestions for other programming and employer development.

  • Job & Internship Search Strategies: This workshop helps students develop a strategy for their job/internship search and will share the many ways to pursue opportunities through both on- and off-campus recruiting. We cover the services, resources, job boards, and programs available through the Office of Career Strategy. Students should specify the focus (job search or summer internship search) when requesting the workshop.
  • Resumes & Cover Letter Workshop: This workshop highlights the fundamental components involved in developing an effective resumes and cover letters for employers. The workshop does not include one-on-one advising.
  • Salary Negotiation: Students learn effective techniques used in salary negotiation. Whether a student has negotiated before, or if this is their first time, OCS will provide guidance on how to be objective, persuasive, and strategic. This workshop is suggested for seniors in Yale College or MA/PhD students in the last year of their program.
  • Telling Your Story & Networking: In a job or internship search, one's story – which includes a brief statement of background and interests – plays a valuable role; it is often the first data point employers have about one's candidacy. This session will help participants to create (or refine) their story so they can make the best first impression in any situation.
  • Interviewing: In this workshop, OCS helps students develop strategies to prepare for interviews and to consider the ways to best position your previous internships and experiences to employers. 
  • CV to Resume Conversion (target audience: GSAS/Postdoc): Ideal for those turning an academic CV into a professional resume. Participants will learn how to identify transferable skills and to strategically structure their resume to highlight unique qualifications.
  • Plan and Manage Your Career Development (target audience: GSAS/Postdoc):  This workshop helps clarify how the use of career assessment tools such as myIDP or ImaginePhD can help you identify and prioritize professional goals and construct an actionable strategy to achieve them.  We will review the career decision making process, highlight resources aimed at exploring careers, and how to identify concrete actions to accomplish your goals.

Writing Letter of Recommendations

Many faculty and staff members are approached by students and alums to write letters of recommendation for applications to graduate or professional study or future employment. If you are new to writing letters of recommendation, start by using this sample draft from the National Association of Colleges & Employers.

Please note it is not appropriate to ask a student to draft their own letter of recommendation as a strong letter requires the kind of judgment and comparative evaluation that only the recommender can provide. You may, however ask the student to provide a list of bullet points they would like the letter to address and/or a factual narrative of key achievements.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: How can graduate students and postdocs connect with OCS?

Students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and postdocs may meet with any of the OCS career advisors to receive advice on any stage of the job search process, from career exploration to salary negotiation. OCS offers 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. Please note, OCS does not work with students within Yale's Professional Schools.

FAQ: How can students connect with Yale alums?

All students and postdocs have access to the Yale Career Network, a database of over 19,000 alumni who have volunteered to be an informational resource for Yale students. 

FAQ: How can I refer potential employers?

OCS 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 OCS maintain a job database?

Yes! The Yale Career Link has a job 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?

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

FAQ: Does OCS track what students do after graduation?

Yes, OCS closely tracks the paths of Yale College students during the summer and after graduation. Visit our Outcomes page for more information on the paths of Yale College students and also post-graduate information collected by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

FAQ: What support does OCS offer for the academic job search process?

OCS supports GSAS students and postdocs 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. 

In colloboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, OCS delivers a series of annual workshops on topics of interest to students and postdocs on the academic market. Videos of past sessions, as well as links to other resources, may be found here. If you would like to participate in our academic job search workshop series or wish to provide feedback, please contact Brian Frenette.


During the 2018-19 academic year 14,163 students, postdocs and alums participated in OCS events, programs, workshops, and advising sessions.