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PhDs/Postdocs Resources

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You will find below a host of resources to help you navigate your career journey. 

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CareerEd Resources

  • A Strategies Guide Toward Pursuing Meaningful Work: The CareerEd Career Strategies Guide for PhDs & Postdocs provides advice for students interested in pursuing careers in and beyond academia. Find information on exploring career options, building a professional network, creating job application documents, interviewing, and negotiating.
  • Handshake: Handshake provides Stanford students with opportunities, connections, events, and content related to their career aspirations and interests. 
  • Academic Job Search: We have compiled a comprehensive set of resources to help you navigate the faculty job search into this new Faculty Job Search Toolkit.
    • Each module focuses on one of the discrete elements of the job search, including writing research, teaching and diversity statements, reading job ads, interviewing remotely and during campus visits, mastering the job talk, and negotiating offers. Each module has resources including worksheets, videos, and written resources. 
    • We have compiled packets of samples of written materials from Stanford PhDs and Postdocs who have been offered faculty jobs.
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Online Resources

  • LinkedIn Learning: A valuable professional development resource free to the Stanford community once you have a LinkedIn account set up. With over 13,000 courses designed for all levels of learners, it's a quick and easy resource for building both technical and non-technical skills.
    • Log in through Stanford here, connect your LinkedIn account, and then access the library.
  • National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development: An independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of faculty, postdocs, & graduate students from over 450 colleges and universities.
    • Students have free access to NCFDD through Stanford's institutional membership. Find instructions here on how to activate it. Some resources to start with:
      • Core Curriculum10 key skills necessary to thrive in the academy
      • Resource Library: Over 130 webinars with topics ranging from academic publishing to healthy relationships in academia
      • 14-Day Writing Challenge: A challenge to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability
  • Interfolio: An online credential file management service for colleges and universities. Visit Interfolio to register for a free account and visit the dossier section of the site.
  • Interstride: An interactive career platform that enhances the career exploration and job search process for international students. With web and mobile applications, it’s a one-stop-shop for career resources, from navigating the visa process and searching for jobs, to building one’s professional network. Sign in using your stanford.edu or alumni.stanford.edu email.
  • Management Consulted: The world’s leading resource on consulting news and prep. We have provided you with access to MC’s entire library of resources – 500+ cases, 7 online video courses, and 6 e-books (an $800 value!). In these resources (90+ hours of video content), you will learn the ins and outs of mental math, case and fit interviews, PowerPoint, Excel, and more – it's soup-to-nuts, A-to-Z coverage of everything you need to know to ace your consulting interviews.
    • Students register using your @stanford.edu  
    • Alumni register using your @alumni.stanford.edu  
  • Big InterviewUse to prepare for job, internship, and graduate school interviews! Big Interview provides training curriculum and video practice to help you improve your interview skills.
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VPGE Resources

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education offers a rich array of professional development resources and events. Some highlights on the VPGE website include:

  • The Grad Grow Professional Development Framework describes six professional competencies that will contribute to your academic and career success. The Grad Grow tool connects you directly with Stanford’s extensive resources and learning opportunities. 
  • Career Planning resources page includes information about:
    • Faculty Careers: links to resources to help you understand the faculty role, build your skills, and successfully pursue an academic job search. 
    • Academic Administration Careers: tips and resources for exploring university careers outside of the tenure-track faculty path. You can also access a list of Stanford non-faculty staff with PhDs to connect and learn about their careers.