PhD/Doctoral Students


As a PhD student, you are embarking upon a journey that will span multiple years and culminate in the creation of an original dissertation project in your field. Graduate Career Services (GCS) is here to help you balance the many competing and/or shifting professional and personal priorities you will navigate throughout your program, with services and resources tailored specifically to your needs. We are here to support you as you teach, conduct research, perform university service and position yourself for life after completion of your degree.

Your values, interests, and skills will evolve as you work toward your PhD and this will likely cause your career goals to evolve as well. With this in mind, we have organized our resources into three main areas to facilitate your exploration of and preparation for different possible career paths: Getting Started, Academic Job Market, and Careers Beyond Academia.

Getting Started
It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do after you leave UCLA.  Starting early will help you to develop the skills you will need to successfully transition to the career of your choice at the end of your degree program. Check out our resources to identify and assess your values, skills, and interests. Gaining a better understanding of the intersection of these three areas will allow you to take the first step towards creating a plan for your professional development during your PhD!

Academic Job Market
If you decide to pursue teaching and/or research-focused positions at the university-level, check out our resources to learn about best practices across disciplines to craft the core documents that make up an academic job package as well as how to tailor your documents to the specific needs of the program to which you are applying.

Careers Beyond Academia
If you are interested in a career outside of the Academy, check out our resources to explore different possible career paths, learn about conventions for application materials, and make a plan to continue to develop valuable skills as you finish your PhD. Remember: there is a whole world of possibilities beyond academia just waiting to be explored. The skills you develop throughout your degree can be applied in many different spaces. We are here to support your as you decide what you want to do with them!

Though creating and enacting a professional development plan can be challenging, it can also be exciting. We encourage you to approach the process of career exploration and growth as an opportunity to daydream about your future, and we hope that the resources on this website help you along the way. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to a GCS team member or book an appointment on Handshake.


Elyse Gueidon, PhD
Assistant Director, STEM PhD Students
Graduate Career Services

Erin Brown, PhD
Associate Director
Graduate Career Services


PhD/Doctoral Resources

Contact & Location

(310) 206-1915

Strathmore Building
2nd & 3rd Floors
501 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1573

Career Service Hours

Monday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm