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.
OCS Recruiting 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.
All advising is currently being done remotely, via phone, SKYPE or Zoom. When scheduling your appointment in Crimson Careers, please upload any document you would like to have reviewed, and ensure you are promptly available at the appointed time. You adviser will contact you at that time.
15-Minute Express Appointments
For quick or relatively urgent questions, or for critique of one document (resume, CV, cover letter), schedule a 15-minute express appointment. These appointment slots will become available for scheduling each Friday for sessions the following week.
For longer conversations or to have more than one document critiqued, schedule a 30-minute appointment through Crimson Careers. These appointment slots become available 30 days prior.
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.
Please direct any questions about scheduling appointments to firstname.lastname@example.org.