Harvard's Office of Career Services

GSAS: Nonacademic Fields


How can I learn more about different fields?

Graduate students often ask, “What can I do with my degree?” A better question is, “What do I want to do with my degree?” GSAS alumni/ae have gone on to successful careers in everything from broadcast news to investment banking to patent law. The best way to learn more about different paths is to talk to alumni who have already made the transition out of the Ivory Tower, but below is a sample list of areas popular with GSAS graduates to get you started:


Advertising/Public Relations

General Overview of Field

Advertising Age

AdWeek

PRWeek

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Biotech/Pharma

General Overview of Field

ScienceCareers.org

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club

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Consulting

General Overview of Field

GSAS Consulting Club

Suggested Resources from MIT

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Finance

General Overview of Related Fields

Jobs in Quantitative Analytics and Trading, Financial Engineering and Risk Management

Suggested Resources from MIT

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Government/Policy

General Overview of Field

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Higher Education Administration

General Overview of Field

Chronicle of Higher Education article: A "Nonacademic" Career in Academe

Higher Ed Jobs

Student Affairs Jobs

Harvard University Human Resources

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International Organizations

InterAction (alliance of NGOs)

International Monetary Fund

International Service Agencies

United Nations

US Aid

World Bank

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Law

General Overview of Patent Law

Chronicle of Higher Education article: Should I Go to Law School?

Martindale-Hubbell, a Directory of Attorneys and Firms
NOTE: To search this database by keyword, eg “Harvard,” access this database through LexisNexis via the eResources section of Hollis.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

National Association of Legal Employers Directory

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Library Science

Library Career: Advice, Statistics, Salaries, and Articles

Chronicle of Higher Education article: Turning Ph.D.'s into Librarians

Harvard University Human Resources

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Manufacturing/Industry

General overview of manufacturing

General overview of engineering

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Nonprofits

General Overview of Field

Chronicle of Philanthropy

GuideStar

Idealist

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Publishing/Media

General Overview of Publishing

Chronicle of Higher Education article: Getting a Real Job in Publishing

Chronicle of Higher Education Article: The Realities of Jobs in Publishing

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Secondary School Teaching

General Overview of Field and Additional Web Links

Massachusetts Department of Education

Carney Sandoe (independent school recruiter)

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Think Tanks/Research Institutes

Brookings Institution

National Institute for Research Advancement

RAND Corporation

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