Print & Web Resources
The Versatile PhD - Formerly the WRK4US listserv, the website is geared toward humanities and social science graduate students who are considering work outside of the academy. Coming in 2013 is the inclusion of STEM fields. There is already a STEM forum for discussion on non-academic careers for STEM disciplines. The site provides invaluable help and inspiration to grad students as they envision themselves in various nonacademic careers. Princeton students log-in through this link to access the premium content area- http://ocsweb.princeton.edu/vphd_princeton/
Online PhD - A website for potential, current and former PhD students. Articles and resources for scientists, jobs outside academics, developing professional skills, postdocs, employment & tenure.
Where To Find Information on Nonacademic Careers - April 6, 2001, Chronicle of Higher Education. Article by Gabriela Montell including internet links for career exploration outside of the academy.
National Association of Graduate and Professional Students - Includes a database of jobs, grants and fellowships (passwords are available to all students at member institutions, of which Princeton is one). Also includes news relevant to graduate students and a career bookstore with books related to both academic and non-academic careers for graduate students.
Academic 360.com – An excellent source of employment opportunities, including teaching and administrative positions in higher education, and non-academic positions with the private sector, government agencies, and NGOs.
National Science Foundation – Administrative, management, and research opportunities with NSF are available on-line.
Career Network - Chronicle of Higher Education – Advice columns including Beyond the Ivory Tower which focuses on non-academic job search issues.
Dottie & Jane’s Adventures – Out of Academia – chronicles of two students who have left academia
The Humanities at Work: The Doctorate Beyond the Academy - Great site by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Includes innovation awards, career postdocs, practicum grants, and a mentoring program.
Beyond Academe - Useful site created to assist historians in exploring work outside of the academy. However, this site has useful information for any Ph.D. and includes tools for the search. The profiles of individuals who have transitioned into careers outside of the academy are very interesting.
Sellout: A Resource for PhDs Considering Careers Beyond the University - Designed by an English literature Ph.D. turned software engineer, this site has a great collection of on-line articles and other resources.
PhDs.org: Science, Math, and Engineering Career Resources - Created by math students at Dartmouth this site contains job listings, graduate school rankings and statistics on the job market.
American Institute of Physics: Career Services - On this site you can post a resume, browse available positions, find schedules for upcoming career workshops and order career manuals.
Science Careers - Science magazine's career site provides general career advice, dates and locations of career fairs hosted by Science and a place to post your resume.
The National Academies' (Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine) Career Planning Guide provides several reports on career issues.
NewScientist - This magazine features some of the latest science "hot topics," and includes a Jobs and Careers section. New Scientist's The Insider has published a resource for students looking for jobs in Biotechnology - the Biotechnology Recruitment News Feature.
Articles on Career Transition
General Career Exploration
Where To Find Information on Nonacademic Careers - April 6, 2001, Chronicle of Higher Education. Article by Gabriella Montell including internet links for career exploration outside of the academy.
Careers Outside of the Academy
*Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius, So What Are you Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside of Academia REVISED EDITION (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)
*Peter S. Fiske, To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists, (Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union, 1996) [ENV HC Tech 26.0]
Peter S. Fiske, Put Your Science To Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists, 2000
Karen Young Kreeger, Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science (Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis, 1999)
Chandra Louise, Jump Start Your Career in Bioscience (Ashland, OH: BookMasters, 1998)
*Margaret Newhouse, Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers (Cambridge, MA: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1997) [CP 30.0]
Cynthia Robbins-Roth (ed.) Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower (San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1998)
Carl J. Sindermann and Thomas K. Sawyer, The Scientist as Consultant: Building New Career Opportunities (Braintree, MA: Perseus Press, 1997)
PhD Friendly Organizations
Some visiting organizations who have held campus presentations at Princeton and/or have interviewed specifically for graduate students include: McKinsey, Oliver Wyman, Johnson and Johnson, Merck, Union Camp, Silicon Graphics, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, ZS Associates, Booz Allen Hamilton, Princeton Consultants, Dean & Co., Bain & Co., Los Alamos National Laboratory, Morgan Stanley, CIA, Boston Consulting, GE, Lehman Brothers, RAND
Some organizations who have listed that they will consider applicants from graduate programs: Arthur Andersen, Citibank, Deloitte & Touche, General Electric, Microsoft, National Analysts, Simon & Schuster, Educational Testing Service, Bristol Myers Squibb, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., SciTec, Inc., Google, Lehman Brothers.
Resources on Management Consulting
WetFeet.com - Research careers and industries, get job search advice, and read employment trend information. FREE WetFeet insider guides to various careers, companies and industries are available here.
Vault Online Career Library - Provides excellent career and industry information, as well as job search tools and trends articles and information. Many Vault Guides and Company Profiles are available for FREE download here.
Another Career Choice for PhD's: Management Consulting (Chronicle of Higher Education)
McKinsey's Guide to Consulting for Advanced Graduate Students - An overview of what consultants do, the skills required, as well as an overview of the interview process.
CaseQuestions.com - The most complete web site on case questions.
Boston Consulting Group's Interview Preparation - This site gives practice cases as well as an interactive case.