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Phase IV: After the Ph.D. Applying your Degree

Help for graduate students in pursuing their careers is available at UCSD through the Career Services Center. This Center offers workshops that discuss setting career goals and applying education and experience to the job market.

The Career Services Center offers job-search programs to help graduate students pursue teaching positions or alternatives to academic jobs. Examples of specific services include counseling on presenting oneself to an academic search committee, writing an effective curriculum vitae, getting scholarly work published, practicing interviewing skills, and applying skills and degree to a non-academic setting. Professionals with advanced degrees who are working in various occupations are available for consultation through the Center. Further information may be obtained from Career Services Center (0330), 534-3750, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, weekdays or online. Marcy Swain is the Graduate Careers Coordinator in charge of assisting Literature Graduate Students. Her direct line is (858) 534-0140.

Departmental advising is also available to students interested in pursuing careers in academia. The Ph.D. committee is the primary source of counseling about careers. In addition, the Department sponsors several annual colloquia about academic job searches. In the Spring, it presents a colloquium on preparing documents necessary to the job search in Languages and Literatures (the letter of application, the curriculum vitae, the dossier, the statement of teaching philosophy, and sample syllabi). In the late Fall, it offers a second colloquium addressing how a candidate might prepare for MLA interviews. Following MLA interviews, if a candidate obtains on-campus interviews, the Ph.D. committee chair may arrange a practice job talk.

The MLA job lists (the primary source for information about academic employment) are posted annually on line beginning in late September. The Department subscribes to this service and will make available to students who plan to pursue a job search passwords to the website information.

As well, the Department offers financial support to aid in the job search process. These funds may be used either to establish a Career Services Center dossier file or to offset travel costs to attend the MLA convention. Students wishing to receive these funds should notify the Graduate Office early in Fall quarter of the year in which they plan to pursue a job search.

Graduate Coordinator
Kristin Carnohan
115 Literature Building
(858) 534-3217

Application Open:
9/1 - 12/1 (deadline)