Sources for Career Information, Jobs and Networking

  • Websites for Specific Career Fields
    Many focus on opportunities for advanced degree holders.
  • Federal Government Resources
  • General Job Search Websites
    Most searchable by career field, type of position, etc.
  • Versatile Ph.D. offered by the Virginia Tech Graduate School. Can be used by Virginia Tech students, faculty, and alumni with valid email accounts. Login via the VT portal.
  • Ph.D. Career Guide
    Includes guidance on translating your skill sets to career skills, and on choosing a career path, including industry, government and academia.
    Purpose to educate historians on career options outside of academia.
  • Non-academic career options for Ph.D.s in humanities and social sciences
    Columbia University Center for Career Education.
  • Non-academic career resources for Ph.D.s for expansive job search for humanities and social sciences
    Also for master's degree holders.
    Has jobs for Ph.D.s outside of academia and addresses common mistakes by Ph.D.s looking for alternative careers; how to sell yourself, not your Ph.D.
  • #AltAcademy - who we are and what we do
    View and join an online community showing academic and non-academic careers of individuals with graduate education, mostly Ph.D.s, and many from fields of study in humanities.
  • Books:
    Books in the Graduate Life Center (GLC):
    Primarily focused on graduate student career topics.
    Books in the Smith Career Center Career Resource Center:
    A more extensive collection.
    Ph.D. Alternative Career Clinic
    Published in 2011
  • Professional journals and professional organization websites. If you don't know sources already, ask your faculty for recommendations for your field.
  • In The Chronicle of Higher Education:
    A wealth of advice, including for Graduate Students.
    Forums includes Careers, includes Leaving Academe.
    Who prepares Humanities Ph.D.s for a nonacademic search?
    In Chronicle > Search Search "nonacademic careers for Ph.D.s" to find many more articles on this topic.
  • Networking
    What it is and how to do it.
  • Hokie Nation Network
    Social and professional networking exclusively for Virginia Tech students and alumni, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Use this resource to connect with other Hokies by career field, to browse jobs and internships and to network professionally.
  • Hokies4Hire
    To publish your resume and look for jobs; some jobs have interview dates for our On-Campus Interviewing Program.
  • Events, such as career and job fairs. Before each event, research the attending employers to determine if there is a match for your qualifications and career interests. This will help you determine whether or not to attend, and, if you decide to attend, to be prepared to effectively present yourself to those employers. Career fairs do not represent all industries, fields and types of employers, but they do offer the excellent opportunity to speak directly with employers who have taken the initiative (and expense) to travel to campus to speak directly with students.