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 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.
During the month of July we are closed for all student services to focus on administrative work, employer outreach, web development, and fall publications. If you have an issue in July that requires immediate attention please call the front desk (617-495-2595).
Drop-ins will resume Thursday, September 5, 2019.
The GSAS career advisers offer drop-in hours most Thursdays, 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 will resume August 2019.
To schedule an individual 30-minute appointment, please log in to Crimson Careers. In-person appointments are available at the main OCS office (54 Dunster St., Cambridge) and on alternate Mondays on the Longwood campus. Appointments by phone or Skype are also available. 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.
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.