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Learn about the research work that Yale PhD students and postdocs are doing at Yale - in 3 minutes or less! Watch videos of the 11 finalists competing in Yale's first 3-Minute Thesis Competition, held in April 2017, which challenged graduate students and postdocs to clearly and engagingly present their research to a broad audience.

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Welcome GSAS Students & Postdoctoral Scholars!

The Office of Career Strategy supports Yale graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and postdoctoral scholars exploring non-academic careers. Our office has a staff of 18 who work together to help Yale College and GSAS students, Yale postdoctoral scholars, and alumni achieve their career goals.   We can assist with every stage of the process so that you have the tools to define your career plan and take control of it.


What We Offer

Career advising:  Make one-on-one appointments with one of our experienced advisors through the Yale Career Link, or stop by our office for a 15-minute drop-in session.

Self-assessment tools:  Start by using the worksheets in our Career Strategy Workbook to identify interests, values and skills, and follow up with an advisor to learn about other assessment methods.

Career exploration resources: Check out our GSAS Alum Spotlight series and other PhD Pathway resources, alumni career panels held through the year, and extensive online resource library  to discover the wide range of career possibilities open to you.

Job search preparation: Polish your resume and cover letter, and improve your networking, interviewing and negotiation skills.  Get started by reviewing our online tips and sign up for one of our career bootcamps designed specifically for graduate students and postdocs.

Opportunities to connect with alumni and employers:  Reach out to alums through the Yale Career Network, attend one of the numerous industry-specific career fairs and employer information sessions organized by OCS over the academic year, and search our jobs and employer databases on the Yale Career Link

Common Good and Creative Careers: Interested in arts, entertainment, education, government or non-profit careers?  Take advantage of specialist advising and programming resources for students interested in these career paths.  Click here to learn more.

Academic Job Search Series: Students seeking faculty positions are advised to consult with their DGS and faculty placement officer.  However, the Office of Career Strategy collaborates with the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to administer this series for students seeking careers in academia.  Videos of past sessions are available in the Resource Library here.

Upcoming OCS Events

The Office of Career Strategy offers skill-building workshops, employer information sessions and industry fairs, and alumni panels for GSAS students and postdocs throughout the year. To learn about upcoming events, be sure to check out these resources:

GSAS & Postdoc Career Strategy Weekly Update:  This newsletter highlights career-related events happening around campus within the next few weeks. Read the latest issue here!

Yale Career Link:  Find information about Office of Career Strategy's full schedule of events and register here.   

Other Career-Related Events Around Campus

Many organizations across campus offer workshops related to the job search, as well as career exploration and professional development opportunities.  Some of these organizations are listed below. Be sure to sign up for their newsletters to keep informed of their latest offerings!