Making Connections

If you’ve ever had to pick people for your group or team, chances are you asked your friends to recommend people they know. In much the same way, recent studies indicate that nearly 80% of the positions available are filled through personal referrals. Networking is nothing more than talking with people who can provide you with information, advice, resources, and possible contacts related to your fields of interest. Develop your connections to learn about opportunities beyond campus interviews or what is posted on Crimson Careers

Engage with peers, alumni, professionals:

Engaging with peers and professionals will be important as you consider your next steps.



  • Attend workshops about the academic job search.
  • Engage in a variety of professional development activities:
    • Present research seminars in your department.
    • Attend professional conferences (even virtual!).
    • Network with professionals in your field.
    • Attend professional development events.
    • Attend Bok Center Teaching Orientations.
    • Serve on a committee in your department, or organize a conference or seminar series.
    • Organize a career event in your department. For ideas and tips, see the Professional Development Template for GSAS Departments.

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