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Welcome Faculty!

The Office of Career Strategy has a staff of 18 that work as a team to support Yale GSAS and Yale College students, postdoctoral scholars, and alumni seeking to clarify career aspirations, identify employment opportunities, and obtain advice at every stage of the non-academic job search process. Two staff members are dedicated to serving the GSAS and postdoctoral population:

Hyun Ja Shin, Director, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services
Brian Fre‚Äčnette, Senior Associate Director, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services

We would be delighted to meet with departments and faculty to discuss our services and ways we can collaborate to provide the highest level of support to our students and postdocs. For an overview of our programming and services, we invite you to review our Faculty Guide to OCS.


Request a Career Services Workshop

Faculty and staff may engage the Office of Career Strategy to conduct workshops for your students or postdocs. Workshops offered for GSAS students and postdocs include:   

Non-Academic Job Search (target audience: GSAS/Postdoc)

Have you decided to seek employment in a non-academic industry after graduation, but are not sure where to start? Have you made attempts at applying to positions and networking with minimal results? This workshop is designed to help set you on the path to gainful employment in the non-academic realm and will guide you through the philosophical and practical elements of an effective career search.

Cover Letter Workshop

This workshop will highlight the fundamental components involved in developing an effective cover letter for employers. It will explore tips to ensure you are connecting your experiences and background to the requirements of the role(s) you are pursuing. The workshop does not include one-on-one advising.

Salary Negotiation

Learn effective techniques used in salary negotiation. Whether you have negotiated before, or if this is your first time, we'll 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 for Interviews and Networking Events

In a job or internship search, your story – which includes a brief statement of your background and interests – plays a valuable role; it is often the first data point employers have about your candidacy. As such, it is critical to take the time to examine your skills and experiences to best present them. This session will help participants to create (or refine) your story so you can make the best first impression in any situation.

Preparing for Interviews

In this workshop, we help you develop strategies to prepare for interviews and to consider the ways to best position your previous internships and experiences to employers. For those who are new to interviewing, this session will provide an understanding of the types of interviews one can encounter and the differences in interviewing approaches among industries.


In this workshop, we discuss strategies for establishing and building your network within your field of interest. You’ll learn about research methods to uncover more contacts and successful approaches to reaching out to individuals within and outside of your network.

CV to Resume Conversion (target audience: GSAS/Postdoc)

Are you interested in learning how to turn your academic CV into a professional resume that employers outside of academia will prefer? Come learn how to identify your transferable skills and how to strategically structure your resume to highlight your unique qualifications.


Workshop Request Form

Interested in one of these workshops for your students? Please fill out this form: 

We are happy to work with departments to develop customized workshops based on your needs, and welcome comments and suggestions for other programming and employer development.


Academic Job Search Workshop Series

The Office of Career Strategy supports students 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.  

However, with the assistance of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Office of Career Strategy does administer a series of workshops annually 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.  We invite faculty to participate in this series, and welcome feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ:  How can graduate students and postdocs connect with the Office of Career Strategy?

Students and postdocs may meet with one of fourteen advisors in our office to receive advice on any stage of the job search process, from career exploration to salary negotiation.  We also offer 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.

Upcoming Events

The Office of Career Strategy and other Yale organizations offer a wide range of events, including skill-building workshops, employer information sessions and industry fairs, and alumni panels throughout the year.

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FAQ:  How can students and postdocs connect with Yale alumni?

All students and postdocs have access to the Yale Career Network, a database of over 17,000 alumni who have volunteered to be an informational resource for Yale students.  In addition, the Office of Career Strategy offers a number of alumni career panels over the course of the year. 

FAQ:  How can I refer potential employers?

The Office of Career Strategy 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 the Office of Career Strategy maintain a jobs database?

Yes! The Yale Career Link has a jobs 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?

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

FAQ:  What support does the Office of Career Strategy offer for the academic job search process?

The Office of Career Strategy organizes an annual workshop series on preparing for the academic job market.  Aside from this series, our primary focus is supporting students and postdocs exploring non-academic careers.  Students seeking additional help with their academic job search are advised to consult with their advisor, faculty placement officer, and DGS.  If you would like to participate in our academic job search workshop series or wish to provide feedback, please contact Brian Frenette.

Quick Links

Faculty Guide to OCS (PDF)
OCS staff directory
OCS video library
CS Employer Relations brochure (PDF)


GSAS students and postdocs requested 862 advising sessions in 2016.