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Professional Development

Professional Development Resources


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



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


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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NCFDD Institutional Membership

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students.

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Conflict of Interest (COI) Office

Are you working in the private sector while attending graduate school?

The University provides numerous opportunities for students to work in the private sector as part of their education. This working experience complements academic curricula and enhances its relevance. Benefits of students working with the private sector include opportunities to apply theory to practical problems, and the development of work skills, such as critical thinking, communication, business acumen, and team participation leading to increased understanding of career possibilities and potential career directions.

The involvement of students and postdoctoral scholars with the private sector should enhance their educational experience and not unduly influence or restrict their academic and research choices.  

Read this Conflict of Interest article for UC San Diego graduate students

To see how the COI Office can help you as a graduate student, please visit their website.