Many advanced degree holders find rewarding employment outside the academic environment once they have completed their degrees. The challenge lies in identifying the type of position you want, learning to identify opportunities, and understanding how to market the skills you have developed through your academic work. For assistance with this process, read the guide entitled How can I move into non-academic settings with my graduate (master and PhD) degree?.
Strategies for Finding Work
Once you know what type of work you want, it's time to prepare for applying.
The Non-Academic Work Search workshop can help you understand the best strategies for your situation.
Networking & Informational Interviews
Networking is a process of developing and maintaining personal and professional relationships. Chances are you already have an academic network; the goal is to expand that network to include people who might help you find the non-academic work you are looking for.
Informational Interview is a technique that brings you face to face with people working in your field of interest. From these meetings you can gain up-to-date and detailed information about a specific organization or the industry in general. This technique is also a great way to expand your network! Login to the Career Centre to search the informational interview contacts list.
For information on these and additional job search strategies read the Finding Jobs & Employment guide.