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Career Planning

Professor and students

The Designing the Professional course helps students design and then pursue their career of choice.

We support Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in pursuing their career of choice, whether inside or outside academia. 

Stanford offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars many opportunities to develop professionally and to explore new career paths. Many skills and experiences acquired during your graduate or postdoctoral training are transferrable to rewarding careers in academia and in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.

Explore the pages below If you are considering a faculty career or want to learn more about non-faculty careers within academia, paths that many doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars choose to pursue:

No matter what career path you are considering, make an appointment to speak with someone in your career center and plan to have an open discussion with your faculty advisor. Stanford faculty and staff are here to help you!