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Current Graduate Students
Hello graduate students! Here at the Career Center, we strive to support our master’s and doctoral level students whether you are pursuing an academic or non-academic career. Take advantage of the resources and services below to help you Own Your Future:
Whether you are pursuing an academic or non-academic career, the Career Center has a number of resources and services to support you in your career planning process:
The Career Center offers a variety of career assessments including the Focus-2, Strong Interest Inventory, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. To take the Focus-2 please click here. Please contact the Career Center front desk if you are interested in taking the MBTI or Strong Interest Inventory.
Career Planning & Timelines
Here are some key steps to take for non-academic and academic careers:
- Identify your interests, skills, and values through career assessment
- Have resume and cover letter critiqued by a career coach
- Seek internship/job opportunities in industry through Handshake
- Speak with former students in your program working in industry using LinkedIn
- Work with a career coach to identify potential employers and job postings in your areas of interest
- Attend university career fairs and panels
- Update your LinkedIn Profile
- Attend department orientations, training sessions
- Explore areas of research with faculty and seek mentorship
- Develop your CV
- Join your scholarly association
- Garner publications
- Begin attending conferences in your field
- Participate in the hiring process for any new candidates for faculty positions in your department
- Prepare to describe your dissertation in (a) 1 minute (b) 5 minutes (for different audiences
- Ask your department to give you a mock interview
- Participate in your discipline’s annual conference
Set up an appointment with a career coach to discuss your interests, skills, and career goals. Mark Kaloko is our designated career coach to graduate students. To setup an appointment please call the Career Center front desk at 215-204-7981.
Before you can impress employers of faculty committees in the interview, you have to catch their attention through your marketing materials. Below are some resources that the Career Center has to support your personal branding:
Resumes, CVs & Cover Letters
The Career Center supports graduate students in both creating and revising their resumes, CVs, and cover letters. Please see our sample documents below. Feel free to setup an appointment to discuss your marketing materials:
- The Career Center also advises graduate students in the preparation of their LinkedIn profiles. Please set up an appointment to review your profile.
- LinkedIn Job Search Checklist
Informational interviewing and networking are two major ways that graduate students successfully transition into the job market. Below are some resources to help with professional networking:
- Building Professional Connections
- 5 Keys to Acing Your Informational Interview
- 3 Steps to a Perfect Informational Interview
- LinkedIn Alumni Groups (search for Temple school or college specific groups on LinkedIn)
The interview process can be demanding and requires an understanding of professional etiquette. Utilize the Career Center resources and services to prepare for your interview:
InterviewStream is an online resource that allows you to record and review your practice interviews. For more information about InterviewStream, please click here.
Mock Interviews are 30 minutes practice interviews with professional staff that will allow you to hone your interviewing skills. To set up a Mock Interview, please contact the Career Center front desk.
Job Search Resources
In addition to Handshake, Temple’s university-wide job platform, the following resources are also helpful with engaging in the job search:
- Chronicle Vitae
- Diverse Issues In Higher Education
- Graduate Career Consortium - Careers
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
- H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
- Inside Higher Ed - Careers
- The National Postdoctoral Association
- Versatile PhD
Mark Kaloko, Senior Career Coach at the Temple Career Center, is the designated staff to support graduate students. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org