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UCLA Career Center

Learn how to keep yourself ahead of the curve.

Career Exploration Tools

A Letter to PhDs Seeking an Alt-Ac Career

UCLA PhD Melanie Ho offers insights into how to conduct a successful informational interview.

Creating My Development Plan for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Use this resource to identify your professional development needs and create a development plan to guide your future.

Crowdsourcing Platforms for Skillbuilding

Crowdsourcing platforms provide opportunities to gain experience working on real projects across industries. Explore this list of crowdsourcing platforms that can be useful to help build your portfolio and develop new skills.

Job Offer Evaluation/Negotiation Worksheet

This worksheet is intended to help you organize your values/needs in a position compared to the job offer. It is not intended to suggest that you negotiate on all points, just to merely consider what is most important to you.

Job Search Action Plan

The average time to secure a job is typically 6-12 months. The closer you are to completing your degree/training, the more time you should dedicate to the job search. Use this worksheet to develop a plan of action and guide your job search time.

SWOT Analysis

Use this worksheet to help you identify your strengths as a candidate for a particular job, areas of improvement, and networking/training opportunities.

Transferable Skills Analysis

Use this list of transferable skills to start identifying and prioritizing your skills gained as a graduate student, postdoc, and through other experiences.

Values Worksheet

Use this worksheet to reflect on the values that are most important in your current and future work.

Internship Search Guide

A quick overview of the filters and sorting tools on Handshake to help optimize your job/internship search experience.

Navigating Handshake for Students

Learn about the variety of resources and benefits available to students on Handshake.

Industry Infographics 2022-2023

Want to stay up to date on current industry trends? Learn about the top employers and industries currently hiring on Handshake in addition to the primary job roles and number of opportunities for each industry group. Updated quarterly.