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Graduate students are a unique and highly trained student population at UCSB. As members of the most educated constituents within the workforce, graduate students' career needs are often vast, nuanced, and advanced.

We support you in seeking out any career that fits your skills and interests to actualize your goals. Through a suite of specialized resources, tools, and information, we can help you get to you where you want to go.

Topics for Grad Students

Bring Your Career to New Heights


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Getting Started

Take your first steps toward career success with strategies, timelines, and resources to help you move forward in any direction

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Academic Careers

Continue your path in the academy by honing your search strategies, professional documents, job talk, and other essential pieces of the puzzle

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Non-Academic Careers

Navigate your route toward non-academic jobs in industry utilizing your transferable skills to stand out among the crowd of applicants

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Meet Your Counselor

Lana Smith-Hale

Lana Smith-Hale

Career Counselor / Coordinator

Graduate Students

How I Can Help

As a current graduate student, you face different career questions than you did as an undergraduate. You are more in-tune with yourself, your values, and your goals, and your career choices are more nuanced.

My goal is to help you build a path that constructs the many pillars of your life into a cohesive career. I can help you find and think through job options, strategize for job searches with your unique interests, and suggest benchmarks to work toward your goals.

Learn more about me

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UCSB Graduate Student Career Guide

Career Manual for Graduate Students


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