Career Skills Resources

The resources below can enhance your graduate student career and beyond. If you’d like to suggest an excellent web resource for us to share here, please email Dr. Beth Overman.

Academic Success Resources

Electronic Theses and Dissertations @ NC State
NC State Library Resources & Services for Graduate Students
Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students focuses on questions such as "what is a literature review?" and "what does it mean to review the literature?" (10-minute video)
Thesis and Dissertation Support Group through the NC State Counseling Center
Graduate Women's Support Group through the NC State Counseling Center
"How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and Advisors." Part I and Part II
"Survival Skills for Graduate Students"
Applying, Attending, or Finishing Graduate School includes links on how to apply, how to get through, and how to finish graduate school, from the University of Michigan's website.
Re-envisioning the PhD includes links on advice for PhD students
Gradshare is a free online resource to help you make the most of the graduate school experience by offering expert advice and peer discussions. Not only is GradShare a nationwide network of your peers, but we have also set up links to our campus resources and services.
Networking on the Network: A Guide to Professional Skills for PhD Students is a guide of professional networking skills that are important for PhD students.
The PhD Career Guide contains podcasts from PhDs in a variety of professions, telling their story of how they navigated the job market.

Research Resources

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program
How to Make a Successful Poster Presentation
Biotech Networking Opportunities
Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance (SPARCS)
Crafting the Research Statement
Writing a Research Plan
How to Write a Research Statement
Research Development & Grant Writing News from Academic Research Funding Strategies
Peer Review Process for NIH Grants
-- The National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review (CSR) released a new video to show new applicants and others how NIH assesses over 80,000 grant applications each year to help find those with the most merit.

Leadership Resources

Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service: Leadership Development Series
Graduate Leadership Development Series (GLDS)

Professional Development Resources

Professional Development Seminars (PDS)
Graduate Professional Development Listserv: Send an email with a blank subject line and the phrase subscribe gradprofdev in the body.
Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty -- available as a free download from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Self-Assesment Resources -- Self-assessment is a process by which you learn more about yourself -- what you like, what you don't like, and how you tend to react to certain situations. Knowing these things can help you determine which occupations and work situations could be a better fit for you
Free Assessment Tools
Mission Statement Builder: Define your personal, team, or family mission statement through Franklin Covey's website
American Society for Microbiology Professional Development Programs -- information on finding and applying for funding, presentation skills, and publishing for graduate students and postdocs in the microbiology field

Career Planning Resources

NC State University Career Center
Master's and PhD Career Fair @ UNC -- this event occurs every November, and is co-sponsored by five other regional graduate schools. (Directions to the Friday Center)
NCSU Co-Operative Education Program
"Career Stereotypes about Scientists"
Career Advice: Leaving Academia
Escape the Ivory Tower
PhDs.Org: Science, Math, and Engineering Career Resources
Science [Magazine] Careers
"Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond"
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences
Postdoc Fellowships and Jobs
Curriculum Vitae Resources
Creating a CV for academic and industry positions (Harvard Office of Career Services)
Resume/CV Writing for Scientists
Preparing for the Job Interview
LinkedIn -- a series of six brief videos on how to use LinkedIn to create a professional profile and enhance your job search
Articles for the Job Seeker
Financial Job Search

Teaching Resources

Graduate Student Teaching Resources
Carnegie Resources for Teaching