Career Services for Graduate Students

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in academia or exploring the broad range of alternative professional options, CU Boulder's Career Services has resources tailored specifically to graduate student needs. They offer individual appointments, workshops and online resources that can help you identify your transferable skills, search for jobs, prepare your job application documents, and bring you face to face with potential employers. Stop by for a Zoom drop-in Mondays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.


National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

CU Boulder has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which offers professional development, training and mentoring to graduate students and postdocs. Resources available include writing programs, guest expert webinars, multi-week courses, professional reminders, a dissertation success program, peer mentoring and more. With the university’s membership, most of the resources are free of charge.

Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD is an online resource designed to help members of the graduate community who are interested in exploring non-academic career options. All graduate students, postdocs and alumni have free access to premium resources provided through the CU Boulder's subscription to Versatile PhD.


ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

Interview Stream

CU Boulder subscribes to this service, the most-used video interviewing platform in over 120 countries. This service helps college and university students prepare for the interview process, giving them the knowledge and confidence to land their dream job with ease.

Going Global

Get the tools you need for your international job search. 

CIRES Early Career Guide

This web site is a portal to resources to help graduate students and early career researchers navigate the next steps of their professional careers. Additionally, there are many resources for graduate students and post-docs available at CU Boulder. This is a one-stop portal to connect to these resources and learn about all that is going on. 

Association for Women in Science

CU Boulder is an institutional partner of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). AWIS is the largest multidisciplinary organization for women in STEM dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 100,000 professionals in STEM around the world. AWIS is a testament to CU Boulder's support of diversity in STEM. AWIS provides undergraduate/graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty with professional development and leadership training to foster success. As a result of CU Boulder’s partnership with AWIS, all interested graduate students enrolled in a STEM program are eligible to receive a one year free membership in AWIS.


Exploring the Career Landscape: Navigating the Job Search

Leslie Blood from the Graduate School and Cat Diebel-Wilson from Career Services discuss best practices for navigating your job search in industry and academia.

Watch the Navigating the Job Search Video

Conversations with Alumni: Graduate Career Panel Series on Jobs in Health Care

The series of virtual question-and-answer sessions aim to help graduate students answer the question “What next?” We bring together successful and talented alumni at a variety of career stages around a specific career path so that they can talk about their experiences in the world of work with current and recent PhD grads from CU Boulder.

Watch Conversations with Alumni

Finding Your Fit in Industry

Alaina Nickerson in Career Services walks you through how to create a strategy for deciding what type of work you’d like to pursue outside of the academic career path.

Find Your Fit in Industry Video

Find Your Fit in Industry Powerpoint

Creating a CV for the Academic Job Market

Cat Diebel-Wilson from Career Services instructs students on how to make a CV. For more information, check out the guide to creating a CV.

Writing Your Academic CV PowerPoint

Career Planning 101

Learn about the importance of networking, skill-building, and publishing as a graduate student.

Watch Career Planning 101

Career Planning 101 PowerPoint

Download the Six Attributes of a Successful Tenure-Track Candidate Worksheet

Request a Skills Success Report

Non-Academic or Industry Career Track Guides

Academic Career Track Guides