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Yale GSAS alum speaks on non-tech careers in tech as part of the Humanities & Social Sciences Professionalization Series

The Humanities & Social Sciences Professionalization Series is designed to help PhD students in the Humanities & Social Sciences envision new career possibilities, connect with alums and speakers in alt- or non-academic industries, and learn best practices for professional development by modeling the successes of others. Whether you attend one or all events in this series, we are here to support you in your career planning.

Events include workshops, Q&A events with invited speakers, and, in 2019-20, a new skills-based working group. Our workshops provide tangible resources for career preparation: CV-to-resume conversion, access to Yale-exclusive online networking platforms, self-assessment tools, and more. Invited speaker events help you envision success through the experiences of others, and give you important insights into how your skills transfer across industries. Finally, our new skills-based working group will help you develop basic technical skills, which can enhance your resume and boost your confidence.

For a full list of events and to register, see the Yale Career Link

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Spring 2019

Self-Assessment Tools and Long-Term Career Planning

This workshop discussed the practical advantages of long-term career planning using self-assessment tools. Attendees received a basic introduction to ImaginePhD, a free online career planning tool designed specifically for Humanities and Social Science PhDs.

Zelda Roland, Yale Prison Education Initiative

A Q&A with Zelda Roland, Director of the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall. Zelda Roland is a Yale alumna (BA `08 PhD `16) and the Founding Director of the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall, which brings access to Yale classes and other campus programming to incarcerated students in Connecticut. Zelda conceived of this program while finishing her PhD, and over the last four years has worked to establish, gain institutional support for, organize, staff, and fund YPEI. In her role, Zelda coordinates YPEI's partnership with the Connecticut Department of Corrections and its facilities; fosters relationships with community partners and other national and statewide prison education programs and criminal justice organizations; and organizes a passionate and broad assembly of Yale faculty, administrators, staff, and students who work with YPEI to bring Dwight Hall’s longstanding tradition of social justice and public service to Yale’s educational mission.

Dora Wang on Imposter Syndrome

An informal workshop-webinar on imposter syndrome and coping skills with Dora Wang, Yale Med ‘90. Dora is a psychiatrist, author and President of Caucus of Asian American Psychiatrists at the American Psychiatric Association.

Mary Jo Heath, Metropolitan Opera Radio

An exciting career Q&A with Mary Jo Heath, radio host and announcer for the Metropolitan Opera. Mary Jo holds a PhD in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, and she worked as a marketing manager at Philips Classics Records and a senior radio producer for the Metropolitan Opera before becoming the Met’s regular radio host and announcer in 2015.

Mark Oppenheimer, Writer/Journalist

Q&A with writer and historian, Mark Oppenheimer. Mark has worked as a newspaper reporter, an essayist, and a columnist for The New York Times. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Yale (2003) and is currently a lecturer in the English department, as well as the coordinator of the Yale Journalism Initiative.

Jason White, Yale GSAS Alum and Director of News Partnerships at Facebook

Q&A with Jason White, Director of News Partnerships at Facebook. Jason holds a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern and an MA in Religion & Ethics from Yale. Prior to working at Facebook, he worked in various roles at PBS, CNN, and NBC.

Designing Your LinkedIn Portfolio (Co-Sponsored by the GWL at the Poorvu Center)

Co-sponsored by the GWL at the Poorvu Center

A professional online presence is an important and valuable tool, but creating one can feel daunting. During this workshop, we discussed ways to craft a professional online presence through a LinkedIn profile.

Exploring Careers in Academic Publishing: Three Perspectives from Yale University Press

This panel event featured three guests from Yale University Press, who talked about their experiences at YUP and the possibilities in the field of publishing for humanities & social science graduate students. Panelists included: Adina Berk (PhD in History; Senior Editor, History), Heather Gold (BA in English; Assistant Editor), and Roland Coffey (MA, Art History; Publicist, Art & Architecture).

Fall 2018

Making the Most out of Your Humanities PhD: Self-Assessment Tools and Long-Term Career Planning

A workshop on the practical advantages of long-term career planning using self-assessment tools. Attendees received a basic introduction to ImaginePhD, a free online career planning tool designed specifically for Humanities and Social Science PhDs.

The PhD and the Museum with Dr. Adam Eaker, Metropolitan Museum of Art

An informative and insightful conversation with Adam Eaker, Assistant Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Having earned a BA in art history from Yale and a PhD from Columbia University, he is a specialist in Northern European and British painting of the 16th through 18th century.

Highlighting Skills You Don’t Know You Have: Resume Tips for PhDs

A hands-on workshop to learn how to convert your academic CV into a professional resume, and how to highlight the transferable skills you don’t even realize you have as a PhD.

Patagonia and Careers with Social Impact: A Conversation with Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia

An exciting exploratory discussion with Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia and co-author (with Yvon Chouinard) of The Responsible Company. He also helped create Patagonia’s Footprint Chronicles, which explores the company’s environmental and social impact.

Free Professional Headshot Session

A free professional headshot for your LinkedIn, online profiles, and other professional needs.

Storytelling and Design at SpaceX: A Webinar with UX Researcher, Virgil Calejesan

An exciting exploratory discussion with Virgil Calejesan (Yale College, English; Pratt Institute, Industrial Design).Virgil will discuss how his background in the humanities has contributed to his role as a UX Researcher in Software at SpaceX. As a researcher at SpaceX, Virgil harnesses the storytelling skills he developed here at Yale to address consumer and design needs.

Megan Callaghan, Bard Prison Initiative

A talk with Megan Callaghan (PhD, University of Michigan). Megan is Director of College Operations at Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), a program concerned with how to redress inequities in higher education.

Harnessing Yale’s Resources to Expand Your Network

A workshop on how leverage OCS resources like the Yale Career Link and Yale Career Network to expand your professional network.

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