Career Support

Career Services

Career Services is a key resource and trusted ally to UCSB graduate students. As career development is our area of expertise, we work closely with PhD and Masters students in successfully navigating and achieving their career aspirations. We assist graduate students in three main areas that we’ve found to be pivotal to short- and long-term success: honing career focus and goals, acting strategically, and developing relationships and networking. We also understand the unique challenges that graduate students often face in regards to utilizing career services, including limited time, inconvenience, and potential conflicts of interest with advisor/department, and we support these needs through a partnership with Career Services and the Graduate Division.


Additional Resources


Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

Located on the first floor of the Student Resource Building (Room 1215), the GSRC is the primary resource for graduate students at UCSB for career and professional development support. The GSRC offers a variety of workshops and events, individual advising, and referrals to other campus resources that serve graduate students. The GSRC also publishes the GradPost, which is a go-to website for news, funding, professional development, events, advice, and more related to graduate student life at UCSB.


Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP)

CSEP together with multiple groups, departments, faculty and staff at UCSB offers an intensive Professional Development Series that focuses on the knowledge and practical experience essential for the success of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and their future varied careers in science, engineering and mathematics. Workshop and seminars are usually offered bi-weekly, are approximately 1-2 hours in duration, and are led by professionals in the field or faculty from various STEM departments.

Beyond Academia

The Beyond Academia conference at UC Santa Barbara is an annual event aimed at preparing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in all stages and disciplines to pursue a wide range of career options after graduate school. Whether you are on the job market or just starting to explore career options, Beyond Academia will help you create an action plan for your future.