Career

PhD graduates have many career options. According to a 2016 survey of Northeastern’s PhD students, over 50 percent seek careers outside academia—in business, industry, government, health services, and the nongovernmental and not-for-profit sectors.

As researchers, PhD graduates demonstrate an ability to solve challenging problems by surmounting obstacles and persisting despite barriers. Through their teaching experiences, they learn to communicate complex information to a range of audiences. Whether you seek an academic career or pursue another profession, you will uncover diverse opportunities. In addition to your faculty mentor, you can draw upon resources like the ones listed below.

Northeastern Career Development in partnership with the PhD Network provides a rich program of professional development for PhD students at any point in their PhD education journeys.

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Take a Career Foward PhD Journey: Events designed to give you tools that you can use during your PhD journey and closer to graduation as you move into your career. Leverage your strengths and build communication skills.


RSVP NOW: Navigate your Career Compass: Tools to Navigate your PhD Education Journey and to Launch your Career
May 10; 5 – 8pm includes dinner; RSVP
Whether you are focused on your dissertation, starting out in your career, or you have already been successful and want to increase the impact of your actions this workshop will help you identify your strengths, impact and reputation by leveraging others.

Leveraging Strengths for Research Success and Career Choices
June 14; 3pm – 5pm followed by a 1 hour reception: RSVP
We each have strengths that enable us to develop some skills more easily than others. This workshop is designed to help you identify your strengths to gain a deeper understanding of how you and others interact with the world.

Leveraging Strengths to Develop your Leadership Skills
July 12; 3 – 5pm followed by 1 hour reception: RSVP
We each have strengths that enable us to develop some skills more easily than others. This workshop is designed to help you identify ways to focus your strengths to lift your leadership skills.

Managing-Up!
August 9; 3 – 5pm followed by a 1 hour reception: RSVP
This workshop is focused on managing-up and working in teams and it is designed to help you navigate the expectations in your research groups now and to prepare you for the next step in your career.

PhD Resource Circle: This PhD-only group meets weekly in order to provide support for the job search (academic or industry) within a flexible, collaborative structure. Share resources and experiences, peer-review job search documents, and get detailed feedback from your colleagues and from the group’s organizer.  Events are typically each Wednesday from 5 – 7PM in 113 Stears Center.  Check the calendar for upcoming events.

This Accelerator will bring together a powerful array of resources, learning opportunities, and forums to connect with peers and hiring managers from industry to not for profits.  Stay tuned for the Fall 2018 event.

Tools to help you search for opportunities:

  • Opportunities @ PhD Network
  • NU Careers @ Northeastern Career Development to help you search for opportunities across sectors.

Articles about career opportunities for PhDs

  • Recent Publications
  • Science Magazine — on preparing for a post-PhD career
  • Science Magazine — the career special issue
  • HASTAC — a network of humanists, artists, social scientists and engineers committed to new forms of collaborations across disciplines and fostered by creative uses of technology
  • National Science Board Infographic on Science, Engineering and Health PhD graduates in the workforce.