Internal Resources

University Career Services
UCS provides a number of resources free to UNC students that can help guide M.A. and Ph.D.-seeking students at various stages of their careers. This is a good starting point for exploring free resources that the University already offers, as well as getting ideas on where to look externally. They offer a listserv featuring articles, positions, and opportunities of interest for graduate students. If you would like to subscribe to the listserv please send an email to with subscribe grad_prof_careers in the body of the email. You may unsubscribe at any time. You may also consider joining their graduate and professional student resource site on Sakai.

Graduate School Professional Development
The Graduate School offers many resources for graduate students seeking careers both inside and out of academia. They circulate a monthly grad professional development newsletter that publicizes events on campus, such as grant writing advice, teaching strategies, or workshops to develop your Individual Development Plan (IDP), to name a few. You can also peruse their website for information on professional development courses that are offered routinely to help graduate students develop complementary professional skills such as GRAD 713: Applied Project Management or GRAD 714: Introduction to Financial Accounting.

ImaginePhD is a free resource that helps graduate students learn about popular job sectors, search strategies, and how to transfer skills across settings. Create a profile in order to get help assessing your career interest and skills, learning about relevant career paths, and strategize a plan for degree completion alongside career preparation.

Versatile PhD
Versatile PhD is an online resource for designed to help humanities and social science PhDs showcase their professional versatility. The site offers information about the realities of academic employment, informational materials about nonacademic career paths, and support for pursuing a variety of careers. This resource is offered collaboratively through University Career Services and the UNC Graduate School. You need your ONYEN in order to register and access materials.

External Resources

American Historical Association | Career Diveristy

Inside Higher Ed | Career Advice

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Advice

University Affairs | Beyond the Professoriate

#alt-academy | A Media Commons Project

Beyond Academe