PhDs & Postdocs: Explore
As a PhD student or postdoctoral scholar, we are excited to help you explore what’s next, no matter your interests or goals.
Leverage Your Network
To explore pathways and to learn about how your interests, skills, and values align with a diverse array of careers, we encourage you to activate your network, including Stanford’s robust network of PhD and postdoc alums.
- Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) is a platform that allows you to reach out to Stanford alums for career conversations.
- Access CareerEd’s Informational Interviewing resources on Handshake to learn how to make connections and have valuable conversations
- Login to LinkedIn to connect with Stanford alums
- Learn how to find alums, make connections, and conduct informational interviews by accessing the Stanford Alumni Association’s resources.
Our Careers Strategies Guide for PhDs and Postdocs is a comprehensive resource that provides advice on how to explore your interests and pursue a meaningful career both within and beyond academia.
Higher Education Administration Directory (HEAD)
The Higher Education Administration Directory (HEAD) is a searchable directory of Stanford staff from across the University who hold doctoral degrees. Using this directory, you can connect with and learn from others with PhDs–humanists, scientists, social scientists, engineers–who have forged careers in various higher education administrative staff roles at Stanford. Learn more about the career paths represented in the directory.
Events, Programs, and Resources
Access Handshake for more programs, panels, and workshops.
Humanists at Large
Humanists at Large (HAL) is an annual program that exposes PhD students in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences to meaningful work beyond academia that capitalizes on humanistic knowledge and skills.
Career Fairs are an excellent way to connect with employers to learn about job and internship opportunities along with the specific skills they are seeking. CareerEd hosts several career fairs each academic year featuring employers excited to connect with PhDs and postdocs.
CareerEd is involved in the following Stanford courses designed to help PhDs and postdocs explore their path to meaningful, purposeful work.Stanford has many additional career-focused courses available. These can be found by searching "career" on Stanford Explore Courses.
Crafting Your Humanist Career (DLCL 326)
PhD students from all humanities disciplines learn how to chart a deliberate path through graduate school and explore diverse careers.