Professional Development and Career Resources

Ph.D. students should take advantage of “starter conversation” opportunities to interact with alumni and experienced professionals, Natalie Lundsteen advises.

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In the current climate of faculty hiring freezes, you may wonder how best to set yourself up for success when applying for these positions now or in the future. As a Ph.D. student or postdoc, how can you maximize your opportunities on the faculty job market? Even before the pandemic, the data showed an imbalance between the number of Ph.D.s wanting faculty jobs and the number of actual tenure-track job opportunities, especially at research-intensive universities.

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What’s going to happen to my summer internship? Are employers still hiring? If I received a job offer before the pandemic, will it be canceled? These are some of the many questions Penn students ask during the current economic climate.

At home networking strategies - seven tips to stay market ready at home

With growing anxiety and isolation spreading across the globe, COVID-19 affects all aspects of our lives. The job market is no exception. While networking remains the top way to find and secure your career of choice, it’s typically practiced in person. As we begin rethinking our day-to-day work, the way we find new work deserves another look, too.

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You’re an independent contractor, but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own if you experience discriminatory behavior.

Alan Fan in the offices of EwingCole

Alan Fan and Neng Zhu didn’t have a typical spring break this year. Instead of opting for a trip someplace warm, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design students landed weeklong externships at EwingCole—an architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm in Philadelphia.

Both in Penn’s graduate architecture program, Fan and Zhu spent five full workdays at the company, attending meetings, diving into some projects, and even making visits to sites under construction, including Penn’s Ringe Squash Courts and Citizens Bank Park.  

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It has been a challenging few months for all of us given the COVID 19 pandemic and the social distancing measures we have taken. We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy as we move into the heart of summer.  Since beginning remote operations in March, the Career Services staff has held over 2000 virtual advising meetings with students, postdocs, and alumni, offered a wide variety of online workshops, and approved thousands of job and internship listings on our Handshake job board. 

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Researchers expected any kind of higher education to boost job prospects for Americans recently out of work. But they found those with graduate degrees are doing better than other degree holders.

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In the past months, we've experienced dramatic changes to life as we know it. If you were in the process of a career search when the pandemic hit, all your planning may now seem pointless. During times like this, we have to make a choice: Do we retreat and hide, or do we push forward and see this as an opportunity for growth and positive change?

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Exploring graduate career options and determining potential career paths is tough enough, but that's just what gets you started in the job search. Figuring out what the daily work environment will be like is an important consideration for graduate students in accepting and applying for jobs.

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Students and postdocs generally lack confidence in their own abilities, writes Joseph Barber, or at least lack practice in communicating those abilities to others.

Students receiving instruction in Externship program

The Office of Professional Development & Leadership is pleased to announce the new 2019 Externship Program for architecture students. This program aims to help prepare graduate architecture students enter the work world by providing access to real-world work experiences at architecture firms in Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia.