Harvard's Office of Career Services

GSAS: Special Programs

Please visit the GSAS calendar for the most current program information.

Below please find descriptions of several special programs OCS offers each academic year for GSAS students. As indicated in each description, some programs are scheduled cyclically and others only during a given semester. For example, the Job Acceleration Work Group is offered during the fall semester and Career Jump Start is offered at various times throughout the academic year. If you are interested in any of these programs, please read more detailed descriptions below and email the contact person to express your interest in future events.

Job Search Check-in Group

If you are job searching, then you know it continues to be a tough job market and that staying motivated and proactive can be challenging. This group can help you stay focused, connected, and goal-oriented. Get together with other GSAS students searching for nonacademic jobs to share tips and advice wherever you are in your search. Even as fall recruiting has ended this year, many organizations fill positions on a “just in time” basis.

Eligibility, requirements, and registration:
PhD/Masters students from all GSAS departments seeking nonacademic jobs. To register, email Heather Law; include your name, G-level, and department.

Spring 2015 Schedule:
Friday, February 13, 10:00–11:30am, OCS Conference Room
Friday, March 13, 10:00–11:30am, OCS Conference Room

Take Control of Your Career

Sometimes, climbing the academic ladder feels like you’re climbing into the clouds. You know what’s up there, but you can’t really see it. Do you know you want to keep climbing this ladder? What are your other options? How can you even get started? Come learn how to take on some of these big career questions. In this workshop, engage in interactive career self-assessment exercises to better understand your skills, interests, and values. Then, we will discuss a variety of careers of interest to PhDs, along with ways to explore them. Leave with a plan to discover, explore, and pursue career options based on your unique self-assessment...and maybe even identify your dream job!

Eligibility, requirements, and registration:
GSAS students, register through Crimson Careers.

Spring 2015 Schedule:

Take Control of Your Career – For Scientists & Engineers
Thursday, April 2, 3:00–5:00pm, Location TBA

Take Control of Your Career – For Humanists & Social Scientists
Tuesday, April 14, 6:00–8:00pm, Location TBA

Career Jump Start: Assessment, Skills, and Options

Considering your next step after the PhD? Are you on the fence, debating between academia or a career beyond the Ivory Tower? Discover some exciting career options that might be a great fit for you, and jump start your career!

In this four-session series for PhD students, you will consider whether a nonacademic career is right for you and learn the skills needed to begin the transition through in-depth self-assessment, brainstorming, and exploring career options. Space is limited and registration is required for this workshop series. Please make every effort to commit to all four meetings.

PhD students and alumni from all GSAS departments.
Schedule: Fall semester.

Accelerate Your Nonacademic Job Search with the

GSAS Job Search Boot Camp: Forward Thinking Fridays

For those of you on the fall nonacademic job search, get help in real time as you are going through the job search process. This 10 week boot camp is designed for graduating GSAS students to help you learn how to land a job. Topics include resume and cover letters, networking, interviewing, and negotiating. Participation in each session is strongly recommended due to the iterative nature of the group.

Open to all Harvard GSAS students.
Schedule: Fall semester.