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Career Development

Career development resources at Ohio State for graduate students are many, varied, and decentralized.

Graduate students should start thinking early about their career development goals and needs. Start by having regular conversations with your advisor, explore available resources, and develop a plan. 

Graduate School Programs

The Graduate School offers several key programs and advocates for graduate student career development needs at Ohio State and collaborates with and markets activities available through other campus units.

These programs are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Graduate School.

Preparing Future Faculty Program

A two-semester, 2 credit graduate course, the signature feature of the Preparing Future Faculty program is an assigned mentorship between Ohio State graduate students and faculty mentors at one of the Graduate School's partners, largely liberal arts colleges in Ohio. 

The Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD is a secure on-line community for those interested in exploring non-academic careers. Open to all Ohio State faculty, graduate students, staff, and alumni. Authenticating with your Ohio State identity gives you access to all Versatile PhD content.

Graduate Associate Teaching Award

The Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students. Ten winners are selected each year.

Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition in which doctoral students attempt to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience in only three minutes and using only one static slide. 

Hayes Graduate Research Forum

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, Office of Research, and the Council of Graduate Students, the Hayes Forum is a campus-wide showcase of graduate student research. Cash prizes are given to the top presentations. 

CIC Traveling Scholar Program

This program of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation enables doctoral students to take advantage of educational opportunities at any CIC member institution, which are the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. The Graduate School oversees the application process.

Degree Options

Over 40 options for graduate students interested in developing secondary expertise outside their home graduate programs for as few as 10 hours of graduate-level course work. Options include graduate minors, interdisciplinary specializations, dual and combined degrees, specializations, and certificates.


University Career Services

The offices below expressly serve graduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to check with their graduate programs and colleges regarding access to career services there.

Alumni Fire

Alumni Fire is an online professional networking and mentoring tool for Ohio State alumni, current students, and staff to exchange industry expertise and career advice. Get connected with Alumni Fire and join this powerful Ohio State network.

Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management

Virtual and face-to-face career counseling, networking, and career events for all Ohio State alumni. Graduate students with an awarded bachelor’s or master’s degree from Ohio State are able to use this resource while pursuing another degree. 

Buckeye Careers

Online resource connecting all Ohio State students with employers for jobs, internships, co-ops, and other career opportunities and support.

Career Counseling and Support Services

In-person consultations for graduate students regarding career exploration, job searches (both academic and non-academic), cv/resume writing, interviewing, and more.

University Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Support and resources for graduate students and faculty involved in or interested in university teaching

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