Are you considering a career outside academia? Not sure if a academic career is suitable for you? CaPS has compiled a list of job search websites, social network websites, articles of interest, books & other resources for graduate students interested in non-academic careers.
For a list of sample CVs or résumés and cover letters, consult the following sites:
- Sample Resumes for Graduate Students (University of Pennsylvania)
Sample resumes for graduates in these fields: Humanities and social sciences, business, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
- Sample Cover Letters for Graduate Students (University of Pennsylvania)
Sample cover letters for non-academic or industry positions: Government consulting, academic advising, teaching in high schools, clinical social work, program administrator, health policy, etc.
- CVs, Resumes & Cover Letters (University of California, San Francisco)
Sample resumes and cover letters for industry and consulting jobs: Bioinformaticist, industry scientist, business-related positions, etc.
Articles of Interest: Consult the following sites for tips and advice on writing non-academic résumés, CVs and cover letters.
- CV or résumé (UA)
- How to ask for a reference letter (UA)
- What to do when "non one reads resumes" (UA)
- Video: The differences between CVs and resumes (UA)
- Video: Deciding on a career inside or outside of academia (UA)
Information, tips and advice for those who are interested in opportunities beyond academia. The following resources cover information on how to transfer your skill sets to industry setting, and panels that explore and explain everything you need to know about careers outside academia.
- Transferring your skills to a non-academic setting (The Chronicle)
- What's up with alt-ac careers (UA)
- Podcast: Episode 1 of Escape the Ivory Tower: from prof to project officer (UA)
- Podcast: Episode 2 of Escape the Ivory Tower: tips for grad students (UA)
- Podcast: Episode 3 of Escape the Ivory Tower: the everchanging job market (UA)
- Video: Best practices for grad students using LinkedIn (UA)
- Video: Deciding on a career insider or outside of academia (UA)
- Video: Non-academic careers for postgraduates (UA)
If you are interested in working in the public service sector, consult the following resources:
- From university to government: non-academic career options (UA)
- How to get a job working for the federal public service (UA)
- How to land a job in the federal government (UA)
One of the best ways to secure a job lead is through networking and informational interviews with professionals in the field. The following websites will give you tips and advice on how to build your network and prepare for information interviews.
- Don't shy away from informational interviews (UA)
- Getting the most out of conferences (UA)
- How to make a cold call (UA)
- How the network works (UA)
- Industry interview top tips for PhDs (UA)
- Informational interviewing tutorial: A key networking tool (Quint Careers)
For additional career information, consult the following resources:
- Carpe Careers (Inside Higher ED) - Tips and advice on non-academic careers.
- Finding a Job (PhDs.org) - Resources for every stage - from finding job opening to landing the final interview.
- Beyond the Tenure Track - Pathways to opportunity beyond the professoriate for PhDs.
- Vault Career Insider (Registration with your McGill email is required) - Career and industry guides, from accounting to writing.
- What are all the PhDs? - A project aimed at putting all the various career paths for PhDs into focus.
Please note that CaPS and McGill do not endorse any particular websites/services; the listing is for your information only.