Career Preparation

The final stage of career preparation comes after you have a sense of your pathway, and are close to finishing your degree.

This is the time to prepare documents for your job search and to identify specific opportunities of interest. 

The Level 2 Career Development Pathway in PhD Progression has step-by-step guides and resources on the topics listed below. Learn more about PhD Progression and register to earn badges in Level 2 here. Badges available in Level 2 Career Development:

  • Informational Interviews
  • Job Simulations
  • Deconstructing a Job Description
  • Identifying and Articulating Transferable Skills
  • Writing a CV
  • Writing a Resume
  • Writing a Cover Letter
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Writing a Research Statement
  • Writing a Diversity Statement

PDPA also offers a variety of workshops and resources for developing application materials, preparing for interviews, and negotiating job offers. Individual departments and programs frequently have resources for the academic job search specific to your discipline. We recommend that you reach out to your mentors and later-stage doctoral students for additional resources for your discipline. Find additional career preparation resources below.