Career Planning Tools 

MyIDP: an assessment, career track, and goal-setting tool for graduate students in STEM fields. 

ImaginePhD: an assessment, career track, and goal-setting tool for graduate students in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. 

ChemIDP: an assessment, career track, and goal-setting tool for graduate students in the chemical sciences. 

Resources for the Academic job Market

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: resources for graduate students and junior faculty in the form of webinars, writing support, and mentoring. Free access through UCR’s institutional account.  

The Professor Is In: Dr. Karen Kelsky’s articles and webinars, “Unstuck” productivity program, and job application consultation services (fee-based). 

Resources for the Non-Academic Job Market 

VersatilePhD: forums and job listings divided into STEM and humanities/social science fields (free registration).   

Cheeky Scientist: job search and training platform for PhDs transitioning into industry careers (fee-based). 

Additional Resources

UCR Career Center: hosts a virtual career fair for Masters and PhD students and offers in-person appointments with career counselors.  

UCR Alumni Center: offers virtual networking with UCR PhD alumni, career guides, and job application support. 

After Grad: Academic Development Day: held annually during Fall quarter, this professional development event geared towards graduate students interested in academic careers offers panels and workshops on navigating the academic job market, writing your job application materials, and finding mentors and funding. 

After Grad: Career Pathways Day: held annually during Winter quarter, this professional development event geared towards graduate students interested in non-academic careers features panels and workshops on interviewing techniques, turning your CV into a resume, the career paths of UCR alums, and more. 

After Grad: Teaching Careers Week: held annually during Spring quarter, this professional development event geared towards graduate students interested in teaching-focused careers includes panels with liberal arts and community college faculty, as well as workshops on developing syllabi and delivering a teaching demonstration. 

Graduate Writing Center: provides writing assistance for graduate students through one-on-one consultations and workshops. Graduate students can schedule individualized consultations for assistance with any academic genre during any stage of the writing process, including job application materials for both academic and non-academic jobs.