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Managing your career involves all aspects of career development, from self-assessment to career exploration, and ultimately applying for positions.  Graduate education or postdoctoral training also provides a diversity of career opportunities - including academia, industry, government, and non-profit agencies.

Workshops and Events

Engineering and Technology Internship and Career Fair

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 10am - 2pm, University Credit Union Center (formerly the Pavilion)
Join the Engineering and Technology Internship and Career Fair on Wednesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Credit Union Center (formerly the Pavilion) — where you can meet representatives from over 70 companies who are hiring a wide variety of internship and full-time positions available immediately and into Summer 2023. Register on Handshake.

Getting in the Door of Industry: Revamping your Scientific CV into an Industry Resume

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 6-7pm, Online - register for Zoom link
Join Barbara Preston, PhD from PharmaScouts for a one-hour session to learn important differences between an academic technical CV and an industry resume, and gain better understanding of how to present your experience, communicate relevant skills, and highlight what’s important to a hiring manager in industry. Learn how to get considered for non-bench scientific roles. Part 1 of series on getting in the door of Industry.  Sponsored by the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health.

Career Trek: California Community Colleges Registry Job Fair

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10am-3pm |Register Here!
Free transportation is sponsored by GradPathways for the first six registrants who RSVP to have seat in a passenger van.  Twenty-five (25) registrants total, including waitlisted individuals who find alternative transportation, will be able to attend a continental breakfast prior to the fair and receive swag from the California Community Colleges Registry. 

Winter Internship and Career Fair

Wednesday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Credit Union Center (formerly the Pavilion)
Join the Winter Internship and Career Fair where you can meet representatives from over 70 companies who are hiring a wide variety of internship and full-time positions available immediately and into Summer 2023. Register on Handshake.

Navigating the American Academic Job Market as a Black Female Applicant

Saturday, February 25, 2023, Gibeling Room (1220), Graduate Center, Walker Hall, Register by 2/18/23
Targeted participants: UC Davis female graduate students/postdoctoral scholars who completed high school or undergraduate education in Africa or who identify as African American.  All are welcome to attend. Participants at the workshop will not only be exposed to real-life faculty job search experiences, but also to strategic skills required for preparing competitive application materials intended for successful interview call-ups and potential hiring.  Guest speaker: Professor Moradewun Adejunmobi, a Professor of African literature and African popular culture at UC Davis.  Interested or have questions? Email Josephine Ampofo (Ph.D.), Professors for the Future Fellow, at 

Exploring Career Paths Using ImaginePhD

Thursday, March 2, 2023, Noon - 1:30pm, Gibeling Room (1220) Walker Hall, Pizza lunch served to those who register.
Wondering if you are on a career path that is right for you?  In this session you will be introduced to career paths and opportunities through self-assessment of skills, interests, and values.  We will use the free ImaginePhD platform to engage in the career exploration and planning process.  Although originally designed for the humanities and social sciences, this platform is also used by those in STEM disciplines. This workshop is open to all UCD graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from any discipline. Please bring a laptop or tablet. Instructor:  Teresa Dillinger, PhD, Director, GradPathways Institute, Graduate Studies.

Courses and Programs

AMS 298: Designing Your Professional Life Course

Date/Times: Thursdays, 12:10-2pm in South Hall 114 | CRN: 10984 |Manually select 2 units – S/US Grading
Course Prerequisites: Open to UC Davis Master's and PhD students only

Graduate students will use the design thinking process, characterized by curiosity, experimentation and collaboration, to examine a variety of traditional and innovative career paths. Highly interactive sessions include: Self-assessment and occupational research, Skills development (networking, writing for the job search, interviewing), and interdisciplinary interactions with career professionals from a variety of industries & work environments. No auditing of this course is available. To learn more about Internship and Career Courses, visit the ICC website:

Graduate Student Career Exploration Group (GCEG)

This group is co-sponsored by GradPathways and is for graduate students who want to explore their career-related preferences, identify the comparative fit of career options of interest or expand their consideration of possible careers. Group members will integrate data from their personal strengths, work and family perspectives, and career assessments with occupational information. Total cost for assessment package (includes Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI, Skillscan and Values card sorts) to grad students is $20 as GradPathways is subsidizing $25 of the total $45 fee. Please note that expected time commitment for activities outside of the 6 session group times is approximately 1-2 hours per week. Contact to sign-up.

Experiential and Cohort Programs:

  • Professors for the Future is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service.
  • Leaders for the Future this nine-month program helps Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars connect with applied experiences beyond academia through immersives (internships, job shadowing, projects) while supporting business skills development.
  • Public Scholars for the Future UC Davis Public Scholarship and Engagement and Graduate Studies have partnered together to launch a new program to support doctoral students who are interested in developing their community engaged research with non-university partners. 
  • Mellon Public Scholars Program introduces doctoral and MFA students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. 

Individualized Advising

Office Hours with Career Advisor Armani Peterson

Meet with Senior Career Advisor Armani Peterson to discuss your career plans, have applications reviewed or explore career opportunities.  Office hours will be held in the Graduate Center, Room 1121, from 1-2:10pm each Tuesday throughout Winter Quarter starting on January 17th. Email Armani to schedule a time or drop by.

Master's and PhD Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Career Services (Internship and Career Center)

Career Advisors with expertise in assisting advanced degree holders can help you with all aspects of your career search. Services include one-on-one advising for job searching, CV and resume review, job negotiation, and interview preparation, as well as workshops and panels, job site visits, and recruitment and networking events.  Please sign up for an appointment via Handshake at this link.

Career Exploration and Individual Development Planning Tools 

Additional Handouts:
Success and Socialization | Writing and Publishing | Presentation Skills | Teaching and Mentoring
 Leadership and Management | Professionalism and Ethics | Career Management | Wellness and Life Balance

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