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Exploring Career Paths

You Have Transferable Skills!

Did you know that approximately half of all doctoral graduates are employed outside academia? Doctoral graduates possess a multitude of transferable skills that are useful to employers across industry sectors. All doctoral students and Postdoctoral Associates are strongly encouraged to consider, explore and prepare for multiple career paths in academia, private industry, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 

To start, we recommend checking out our Doctoral Career Planning and Exploration Tools. The self-assessment tools are useful for outlining goals and transferable skills. 

Explore Your Career Options

Learning about the world of work can feel overwhelming…but it doesn’t have to be! There are online resources you can easily tap into for well-organized and clearly written information about various career sectors. Explore the resources that we have outlined below for various sectors.

Learn from Professionals and Build Your Networks

One way to learn about career paths is to talk to professionals in the field, especially if you are new to the field and want to know if it is truly right for youHere are some resources to get you started on networking. 

LinkedIn - LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the internet. You can use LinkedIn to find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills you need to succeed in your career. You can access LinkedIn from a desktop, LinkedIn mobile app, or mobile web experience.

Informational Interviews - In this guide you will find more information on how to conduct informational interviews. Make sure that you take a look at the guide before reaching out to individuals.

Building your Network - Professional networking, along with your academic performance and your extracurricular activities, is one of the most important steps to career development. It will help you build a set of relationships that will support you throughout your career. It’s best to build your network before you need a job.

Events - Pay special attention to events that focus on networking at the core: career panels, career and internship fairs, and employer networking and information sessions are intended to connect doctoral students and Postdocs to organizations of interest. To find out more, check the events calendar of your department, College/School, UMD, the Graduate School and University Career Center & The President's Promise for upcoming programs. 

Specific Resources at UMD

Terrapins Connect - Terrapins Connect is a social networking site created for University of Maryland students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni. On Terrapins Connect, you will get exposure to different industries and jobs, recieve resume advice, and hone your interview skills. Alumni mentors are key in sharing specific skills and experiences. 

UMD Alumni Association - Connect with UMD Alumni through events, workshops, and meetings 

LinkedIn groups The University of Maryland, College Park Alumni Association (Official) LinkedIn group is an excellent place to meet and connect with fellow Terps. These students and alumni, who are proud of their connection with the University, make up a great starting point when building your LinkedIn network. The group also offers many resources to aid with professional development.

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