OCS has a team of 18 that supports 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.
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 colleagues to review the 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
- Advising, Workshops & Employer Events: OCS offers scheduled and drop-in advising, an online resume and cover letter service, and 100+ programs, workshops and employer events.
- Professional Experiences & Internship Opportunities: OCS is here to help every step of the way and provides many resources for students to get started.
- Applying to Graduate & Professional School: OCS advisors support students and alums in clarifying goals, researching programs, and navigating the application process.
- Yale Career Link: A centralized place to view career resources and find opportunities. Faculty and advisors are invited to contact OCS for a YCL account to help guide your students.
- Outcomes: Visit our Outcomes pages for the paths of Yale College students and information collected by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Writing Letters of Recommendation
- 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, 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.
Collaborate with OCS
OCS is delighted to meet with faculty to discuss ways to provide support to our students and postdocs. For 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
- Working with students interested in Nonprofit, Government, Education, or the Creative Careers (Arts, Media, Communications)?
- Working with students interested in STEM Careers?
- Questions about health professions (Medical, Dental or Veterinary School)?
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 OCS career advisor for 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.
- 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.
- Does OCS maintain a job database?
Yes! The Yale Career Link has a job board that is accessible only by Yale students and postdocs.
- 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 10+ 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 collaboration with the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, OCS delivers a series of annual workshops on the academic market.