Exploring Careers

Though some students enter graduate school with a clear plan for post-graduation and stay firmly on that path, others find those goals evolve, and some are undecided. All students benefit from engaging in career exploration, acquiring invaluable information about themselves and the wide range of career pathways available to advanced degree holders. Doing so ensures you are prepared and adaptable when approaching the job market.

At LGS, we offer an integrated set of resources to help you explore career pathways and connect with others who are using their graduate degrees in a broad range of professional sectors. Event announcements are sent each Friday from LGS, and students are encouraged to subscribe to the LGS Professional Development Calendar to stay up to date on offerings (You can also view the calendar on our Professional Development homepage). 

Begin exploring today!

Programming Overview (also see links at right)

Pathways Beyond the Professoriate (All year)

The LGS Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosts Pathways Beyond the Professoriate, a monthly panel discussion where you will hear from PhDs across all disciplines—natural sciences, sciences, and humanities—about their career pathways. Lunch is served.

Atlanta Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program

(All year – By application)

For graduate students who want to explore biomedical-related career options, the BEST program promotes career exploration and mentoring. See the website for extensive details.

Campus Connections (All year)

These programs feature alumni who work in Higher Education in a range of teaching, research, and administrative positions. LGS alums have spoken on a range of topics including, how to finding work in higher education, transforming your CV into a resume, teaching online, the benefits and drawbacks of getting off the faculty path, and more.

The Academic Job Search: Behind the Curtain (Fall)

These programs feature panels of LGS alumni who teach at Georgia colleges and universities will discuss what it is like to be a faculty member on their campus, what experiences will make you more competitive for jobs at their institutions and others like them, and what mistakes candidates often make when applying to their schools.

Navigating the Job Exploration Process (All Year)

Finding a satisfying career is an ongoing process that many people engage in throughout their lives. LGS often offers workshops that discuss strategies to help navigate the career and job exploration process and the opportunity to discuss obstacles. Students are invited to complete the Strong Interest Inventory, a career assessment that provides a useful framework for the exploration process.

Laney Network Exchange (Spring)

The Laney Network Exchange invites back all alumni who have been involved in the LGS’s professional development programs. Participate in lunch discussions at “industry topic” tables, mingle with your LGS colleagues and network with alumni from a variety of careers inside and outside of the academy.

Professional Development and Career Planning Pop In

On the last Friday of each month, LGS Professional Development and Career Planning Ambassadors and/or Staff will bring snacks and PDCP resources to a building on campus where LGS students work. Students should stop by to learn about PDCP resources, discuss their career exploration or job search timeline, and grab a lollipop, popcorn or popsicle!

Versatile PHD

Versatile PhD is the largest online community dedicated to exploring non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences and STEM. LGS holds an institutional subscription so students can take advantage of special content.