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Graduate Student Resources


Review the resources below to help you prepare for and excel in your career development.

Career Development Toolkit

A self-paced set of modules in Canvas, the Career Development Toolkit, was created by Cornell Career Services staff. In addition to a specific module on research-focused graduate students, the toolkit includes modules on Career Readiness, Networking, Resumes, Letters, Job Search, Interviews, and more! It is a great first place for graduate students to go to for career-related guidance.


Handshake is a web-based system that Cornell Career Services uses to bring students career-related information, job and internship postings (including on-campus recruiting), employer events, and more. Resources for conducting career research are also available through the site.


A university-wide online networking platform where community members can connect with the people and resources they need to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. Knowledge seekers (students) can connect with knowledge sharers (alumni or peers) to share information such as career/industry trends, job shadowing, job search experiences, transition to industry, and more.

Pathways to Success

Pathways to Success is designed to help graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars be successful throughout their time at Cornell and into their future careers. Programming is organized into the following thematic focus areas: Navigate Academia, Build Your Skills, Create Your Plan, Prepare for Your Career. It is a comprehensive program for students who want to explore both academic careers and careers beyond academia.

Doctoral Career Outcomes

The Graduate School presents a cross-sectional view of the employment status and career-related perceptions of Cornell's doctoral alumni from degree years 1994 through 2019. Try using different filters to get different specific results. 

Versatile Ph.D.

Versatile Ph.D. is an online resource designed to help humanities, social science, and STEM students identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Cornell graduate students have free access to premium resources provided through the university’s subscription to Versatile Ph.D. such as real-life resume and cover letter examples and panel discussion events. Activate your account by authenticating yourself as a Cornell affiliate.

Carpe Career

A column on Inside Higher Ed is dedicated to providing career and professional development advice to graduate students.


ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Cornell graduate students can conduct online self-assessments to identify skills, interests, and values; explore career paths; develop next steps for career and professional development; and more. 


A great resource provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to launch and build the career of your dreams. Review the downloadable Vault Guides to broaden your knowledge on a variety of topics including consulting, law, finance, interviewing, graduate schools, top employers, and more.


This online resource through ScienceCareers provides exercises to assess your skills, interests, and values; career path options based on your skills and interests; and resources to help explore these career paths.


This is an individual development planning tool designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the chemical sciences plan and prepare for rewarding careers.


The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is the nation's primary source of occupational information. It contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is a free resource sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that provides detailed information about career and industry trends, salaries, career outlook, and more.