Career Preparation

Career preparation can start as soon as you begin your graduate degree, and will continue throughout your time at Penn.

Penn’s Career Services offers a wide range of services and resources tailored specifically to graduate students. There are three teams of advisors who are experienced working the with needs of PhD and professional students, and a separate team that helps students who are interested in applying for further graduate education. Career advisors can meet with students in one-on-one appointments to answer any career related questions, provide resources on exploring careers, discuss networking strategies, review application materials for jobs in government, business, industry, or as faculty in higher education. Advisors from Career Services collaborate extensively with academic departments and student groups to deliver customized programs, workshops, and advice. There are also extensive online career resources for professional and graduate students throughout the Career Services website. Use Handshake to review upcoming programs, career fairs, and employer visits; search for internships and jobs; and schedule your next appointment with a career advisor.Career Service is located at Suite 20 McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk. You can check your eligibility to access advising and resources from Penn’s Career Services here. MBA students are served by the Wharton MBA Career Management, law students are served by the Penn Law Office of Career Planning and Professionalism, and veterinary students are served by the PennVet Student Affairs Career Counselor.

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Additionally for PhD students, teaching and more broadly, communication of knowledge about one’s field, is a critical professional skill. In most of Penn’s doctoral programs, teaching is an academic degree requirement and an integral part of the graduate student experience. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides a broad range of programs for graduate students to help them develop as teachers and have successful experiences as teaching assistants, and prepare them for the job market and for being faculty in the future. The Center is located on the first floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Contact CTL at ctl-help@sas.upenn.edu