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.
Useful GSAS External Links
A compilation of career exploration and job search links for Academic and Nonacademic careers.
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.
- Harvard Graduate Business Club
- Harvard Graduate Consulting Club
- Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE)
- Harvard GSAS Women in Social Sciences and Humanities (HGWISSH)
- Harvard GSAS Biotechnology Club
- Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group
- Harvard Big Data Club in GSAS
- Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) Graduate Career Group
- Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard
- Science in the News
- Full list of GSAS Student Groups
Talk to an Adviser
Advisers work confidentially with GSAS students and alumni on a wide range of career-related issues, from self-assessment and decision-making to specific advice on resume, CV, and cover letter preparation for academic and nonacademic job searches.
Drop-in Advising has been put on hold at this time. Advisers have increased availability for one-on-one scheduled appointments, which can be conducted by SKYPE or phone, to account for the absence of drop-ins.
To schedule an individual 30-minute SKYPE or phone appointment, please log in to Crimson Careers. Alumni of Harvard College and GSAS should call 617-495-2595, or stop by the reception desk at 54 Dunster Street to schedule an appointment.
In July, we will offer a limited number of appointments for those with urgent career questions. If you are actively seeking work or preparing for a fall job search, you are welcome to schedule an appointment in July through Crimson Careers.
Please note that 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.