Published: March 2, 2022

Whether you’re exploring careers outside of academia or gearing up for your industry job search, there are resources to help. Here are three on-demand career tools for graduate students to learn about career options, network and feel more confident with interviewing.

The Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is the online resource for graduate students, postdocs and alumni to explore non-academic career options. The Versatile PhD offers a variety of benefits including in-depth explorations of non-academic career options, authentic examples of resumes and cover letters from PhDs who secured jobs in industry and a supportive online community to build your professional network.

How to make the most of The Versatile PhD:

  • Participate in online discussions and network with PhDs who have careers in industry. 

  • Attend local meetups to further develop relationships to help get your post-academic career started.

  • Manage your career path with Options for Success, a six-module career exploration course designed to assist graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in professional development.

Connect with others on the Forever Buffs Network

Building your professional network can offer many benefits, and a great way to make new contacts is through the Forever Buffs Network. This online community of CU alumni is free to join and allows you to connect instantly with fellow Buffs in your career field of interest. The Forever Buffs Network also has tools and tutorials to help you maximize your network experience. 

How to make the most of the Forever Buffs Network:

  • Easily create your Forever Buffs Network profile by connecting your LinkedIn account. 

  • Set up informational interviews with fellow Buffs to learn more about their career field or path.

  • Stay in touch with those you meet. The people in your network can provide different levels of support while you’re searching, whether it’s sharing job postings or proofreading application materials.

Prepare for interviews with Interview Prep

Interviewing is a skill that you can build. Regular practice and preparation will allow you to master this skill over time, and feel confident when the time comes to interview with a potential employer. Interview Prep is a digital tool that helps you practice and evaluate your interviewing skills virtually. Once you select your questions, you record yourself answering them and review your answers to evaluate how well you did.

How to make the most of Interview Prep

  • Review and evaluate your interview. You can take note of not only the verbal answer you shared, but your body language and facial expressions as well.

  • Practice anytime, anywhere. Whether you have an interview scheduled or just want to feel prepared when the time comes, Interview Prep is available 24/7.

  • Get additional tips. Interview Prep offers webinars with more pointers to help you feel more confident with interviewing.

If you have questions about your industry job search or exploring non-academic careers, reach out to a career development advisor for a one-on-one appointment. You can also attend grad student office hours on Zoom (Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m.)., or attend the Industry Job Search Seminar, which meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. Over six weeks, these sessions will lay out the basics of a non-academic job search, tackling resumes, cover letters, interviewing and negotiation along the way.