The Office of Career Services welcomes students from all Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) departments and offers a wide range of services and resources tailored specifically to the needs of master's and Ph.D. students, and GSAS alumni. Postdoctoral fellows who are alumni of either Harvard College or GSAS are eligible to use OCS. All other postdocs can learn about career services at postdoc.harvard.edu.
Graduate students often receive help from their departments on their academic job search. However, OCS offers much in the way of additional preparation to help ensure success in today’s competitive job markets within the academy and beyond.
Explore Resources and Services
Nonacademic & Academic Job Resources
Planning & Timelines
Explore nonacademic or academic pathways, prepare for your next steps, and develop a strategic plan.
Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters
Create documents that market your strengths and experience.
Gather information and advice, and make possible contacts.
Nonacademic Job Search / Going on the Academic Market
Launch your nonacademic job search or prepare for the academic market.
Prepare for an evaluation of your qualifications.
Decision Making & Negotiations
Evaluate your next steps and negotiate a job offer.
Campus Interview Program
Graduate Student Groups
OCS collaborates with several career-oriented graduate student groups. Join a student group to explore career options, connect with students who share your career interests, meet professionals in the field, build skills and gain relevant experience.
Summer Advising Schedule
We wish you a restful summer break! Our drop-ins are not held during the summer, and will resume on Monday, August 21.
Appointments are still available in June...the OCS team is available to help Monday through Friday 9am-5pm until June 30. You can schedule a time to speak with an adviser using Crimson Careers or by calling 617-495-2595.
Mid-summer the Office of Career Services staff will be engaged in administrative tasks and planning for the next academic year and will not offer student services during the month of July. If you have a problem in July that requires immediate attention please contact the OCS front desk at 617-495-2595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to working with you in late August and when you return to campus in the fall.
Talk to an Adviser
Advisers work confidentially with GSAS students and alumni on a wide range of career-related issues, from broad self-assessment and decision-making to specific advice on resume, CV, and cover letter preparation for academic and nonacademic job searches.
Drop-in Advising (on hold until August 23)
The GSAS career advisers offer drop-in hours most Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm on the 3rd floor of OCS. These are 15-minute, first-come, first-served meetings. Bring a print-out of your resume, CV, or cover letter for a critique, or ask a quick question! Please check the GSAS event calendar for the schedule.
Appointments (not available in July)
To schedule an individual 30-minute appointment, please log in to Crimson Careers. Alumni of Harvard College and GSAS should call 617.495.2595, x 0, or stop by the reception desk at 54 Dunster Street to schedule an appointment.
Please note that at this time post-docs are not eligible for advising unless they are alumni of Harvard College or GSAS. FAS and SEAS postdocs can learn about career services through the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and HMS and HSDM postdocs, through the HMS/HSDM Office of Postdoctoral Fellows.