Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The Mignone Center for Career Success welcomes students from all Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS) departments and offers a wide range of services and resources tailored specifically to the needs of master’s and Ph.D. students, and Harvard Griffin GSAS alumni. Postdoctoral fellows who are alumni of either Harvard College or Harvard Griffin GSAS are eligible to use our services. All other postdocs can learn about career services at the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the HMS/HSDM Office of Postdoctoral Fellows.

Graduate students often receive help from their departments on their academic job search. However, we offer much in the way of additional preparation to help ensure success in today’s competitive job markets within the academy and beyond.

Talk to an Advisor

Advisors work confidentially with Harvard Griffin GSAS students and alumni on a wide range of career-related issues, from self-assessment and decision-making to specific advice on resume, CV, and cover letter preparation for academic and nonacademic job searches. Advising is available in person, or by phone or Zoom.

30-minute Appointments

Schedule a 30-minute appointment through the “Schedule an Advising Appointment” link in Crimson Careers. These appointment slots become available 30 days prior. Come talk with us about any of your questions around careers within or beyond academia. We can help you imagine possibilities, strategize timelines, develop excellent job search documents, and prepare for interviews and negotiations.

15-Minute Express Appointments

For quick or relatively urgent questions, or for critique of one document (resume, CV, cover letter), schedule a 15-minute express appointment in Crimson Careers. These appointment slots will become available for scheduling each Friday for sessions the following week.

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Academic Careers

If you are planning to apply for academic positions soon or in the future, explore resources to help you maximize your opportunities in these competitive roles. Take advantage of MCS advisors and resources throughout your time at Griffin GSAS to enhance your candidacy for research and/or teaching intensive jobs in different types of academic settings.

Academic Careers Resources

Academic Careers Organizations

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Beyond Academia

Are you interested in exploring careers beyond academia? Your graduate school training offers a wealth of transferrable skills that employers value across industries. Discover resources that will guide you through every phase of your job or internship search.


Beyond Academia Resources

Beyond Academia Organizations

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