Career Services is a key resource and trusted ally to UCSB graduate students and postdocs. They can support you in seeking out any career that fits your skills and interests to actualize your goals. Through a suite of specialized resources, tools, and information, they can help you get to you where you want to go.
Interested in science policy at the state level? Consider a fellowship from the California Council on Science & Technology to work with California state legislators and learn how the policymaking process works while providing scientific and technical advice on legislation.
CSEP hosts a number of ongoing opportunities for graduate students and postdocs through their Professional Development Series, including career talks, training workshops, and outreach opportunities.
Designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars fill in the funding gaps for pursuing opportunities that support their professional development in a variety of career trajectories, the program provides awards up to $1000 to eligible applicants who wish to individually tailor their career paths with outside professional development opportunities.
myIDP (Individual Development Plan) is a tool for young scientists to evaluate and prioritize their interests and strengths, both personal and professional, and translate them into actionable items for their career planning. Part of Science Careers, an AAAS site and online publication that “is dedicated to being the world leader in matching qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia, and government.”
Interested to teach outside of higher education? Consider joining the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which advocates for independent schools, non-profit private schools that are self-determining in mission and program.
The Versatile PhD mission is to help graduate students, ABDs, and PhDs identify, prepare for, and excel in professional careers. As a UCSB graduate student or postdoctoral scholar, you have access to premium content on the VPhD website free of charge, including discussion forums, job postings, and career profiles written by PhDs who were hired outside of academia.