Career Development & Diversity

Program Overview

Thinking about and planning for careers whether within or beyond academia can be overwhelming and uncertain. It is without a doubt, and for nearly everyone, an uneven and messy process. Acknowledging this reality, and realizing that you are in good company, is a great place to start. Check out this video on career exploration from Bill Lindstaedt of UCSF’s Office of Career and Professional Development. Herminia Ibarra talks about the profound identity changes that can accompany career transitions in this podcast. Berkeley's new wellness website recalibrate is another good place to turn if you are feeling overwhelmed or just looking for resources.

We hope that the resources assembled here will offer a starting point wherever you are in the career development process. We urge faculty, as much as students, to familiarize themselves with the wide array of resources and opportunities available both on campus and beyond for graduate student professional development. You may even find something helpful to your own career here!

Department events

Spring 2022: Mondays at noon Pacific

Please email Erin for the Zoom link/bCal invite.

These workshops will be moderated by James Vernon and Erin Leigh Inama. They are open to all graduate students even if some sessions are aimed specifically at ABD students looking for jobs within and outside the academy. Most workshops will include a brief introduction before being thrown open to questions and workshop exercises.

In addition to workshops, individual consultations are available with JV by appointment or in his office hours Tuesdays 2-4pm in Dwinelle 2214.


31 January: CVs into resumes with Andrew Green

If you'd like to workshop your resume (and we would be grateful for volunteers!) please save it to a Google Doc that you can share during the conversation.


14 February: Our alumni network with James and Erin

Please join us for a conversation on alumni career tracks and our wonderful alumni network. If you're interested in informational interviewing, please let us know so we can help coordinate a conversation.


28 February: Networking and mentoring in the academy with alumni panelists TBD


28 March: Navigating the academy as an underrepresented student with alumni panelists TBD


Friday, 29 April (times TBD): Research symposium

In coordination with the HGA and featuring presentations by both early career and advanced students