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Career Planning Resources

Career Planning for Graduate Students

UC San Diego provides excellent career planning resources for all graduate and professional students and encourages early and frequent engagement.

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Handshake System

UC San Diego has a diverse employer network of leading companies in technology, science, business, arts, humanities and more; browse these opportunities and learn about career events in the Handshake system.

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ImaginePhD

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

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My IDP

One way to navigate your career is by employing an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is a dynamic document that identifies career goals, sets a path and helps trainees manage their career development plans.

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Meet with a Graduate Career Coach

Exploring career opportunities requires a significant time commitment, so start early and employ multiple techniques and strategies, such as meeting with a graduate career coach to map out a plan.

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Professional Development Resources

grAdvantage

grAdvantage empowers participants to achieve professional success by building community, developing career competencies and confidence, and exploring diverse pathways to employment.

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Handshake

Handshake connects all students with campus Career Center programming, individual career advising sessions, and a robust job board used by over 700 universities.

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Imagine Ph.D.

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

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