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Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

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Stephanie Griffin
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Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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ACLS Seeks Humanities Ph.D. Applicants for Public Fellows Program

Calling all soon-to-graduate Ph.D. students in the humanities! The ACLS Public Fellows program is expanding this year and is offering 21 recent humanities Ph.D.s a two-year appointment in a variety of positions. This is a great opportunity for students seeking positions within and outside of academia.

Applications are due March 24.

Further details:

  • Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public services by choice rather than circumstance.
  • Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in Humanities or Humanistic Social Sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016
  • Application information and complete position descriptions are available here
  • Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance and funds for professional development

STEM Ph.D. Internship Opportunities at Amgen

By now you've maybe started thinking about your summer plans. If you are a STEM Ph.D. student and are looking for a local internship, there may be a great opportunity for you at Amgen!

Check out UCSB's GauchoLink to get more details on how to apply for the following internship positions:

  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Biologics Optimization)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Biologics Optimization)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Risk Communication)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Global Scientific Communications)

Best of luck with the process! For anyone who may want help with job application materials (e.g., resume, cover letter), make an appointment or drop in to see me!


Mellon Foundation Seeks Ph.D. for Program Officer Position

Here is a great job ad that came across my desk and I thought it could be a great fit for a UCSB graduate student who is looking for a non-academic job.

Job Details:




The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (“Foundation”) is a not-for-profit, grant-making organization that seeks to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. It makes grants in five core program areas (higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; diversity; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects). The Foundation seeks a Program Officer capable of assuming a wide range of responsibilities in the Scholarly Communications department.

Position Details:

The Program Officer in Scholarly Communications reports to and takes direction from the Senior Program Officer and cultivates, mentors, and supervises program staff. The Program Officer meets regularly with leaders in the field, invites and evaluates proposals, prepares grant recommendations, manages budgets, and participates in policy discussions. The Program Officer also contributes actively to various collective activities and special initiatives of the Foundation, and helps maintain an effective and collegial work environment.


  • Assists the Senior Program Officer in managing and monitoring Scholarly Communications program activity and its grant portfolio;
  • Manages and monitors grant-making budgets;
  • Interacts with scholars and leaders in higher education, libraries, archives, publishing, and information technology to stay abreast of developments in scholarly communication practices, especially as they affect and guide programmatic objectives;
  • Engages collaboratively with other staff in advancing aspects of the Foundation’s mission, including areas of joint interest such as the enhancement of diversity in and international collaborations among organizations devoted to scholarly communications;
  • Invites, evaluates, and offers guidance on the development of proposals;
  • Develops, facilitates, and monitors Scholarly Communications program initiatives across institutions
  • Prepares grant recommendations, essays and reports for the Foundation’s officers and board of trustees;
  • Attends Board meetings and presents grant recommendations;
  • Oversees staff responsible for post-award grant management and participates in the monitoring and reconciliation of grant narrative and financial reports;
  • Tracks and assesses the progress of Scholarly Communications-supported programs;
  • Represents the Foundation in meetings with current and prospective grantee organizations, Foundation partners, and professional organizations; and
  • Performs additional duties as called upon.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • An advanced academic degree (Ph.D or equivalent);
  • Personal initiative and a mature commitment to liberal education;
  • Several years of teaching and research experience in higher education, and familiarity with scholarly communications, its history and current concerns;
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication, team building, mentoring, and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated competence in public speaking and written communication;
  • Advanced computer and office skills, including comfort using grant management systems and familiarity with social media, blogging, and web-based resources;
  • Experience in managing large and complex programs, facility with data collection and analysis, working knowledge of and interest in applied research;
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally; and
  • Commitment to a collegial work environment and to collaboration with colleagues in all of the Foundation’s program areas.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: They will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals they feel are most qualified for the position.


Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia: Recap

In case you couldn’t make it, I wanted to give you an overview of my presentation last week on Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia. Here you'll find an overview of how to do a non-academic job search, what you need to think about for yourself, and a list of resources to start exploring what jobs are out there. Please consider coming in to talk with me further if you have specfic questions on how to make this process work best for you!

How to Search for Non-Academic Jobs

First and foremost: you must put in the time and effort if you want a job that fits for you.

  • Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas. Start from scratch if you need to! Consider taking a career assessment to help you generate ideas. Check out resources below to get inspiration. Consider browsing LinkedIn for ideas as well.
  • Step 2: Research and Investigate Options. Look at the practicality and feasibility of your options.
  • Step 3: Gain Experience. This is key to making you a qualified applicant! Consider a part-time job, volunteer experience, and/or carving out time in the summer to gain skills. Employers value experience heavily.

What It Takes To Do a Career Search

Know yourself.

  •  Spend time thinking (away from job stress!)
  •  Commit to doing something you’ve always wanted to do
  •  Take career assessments (MBTI, Strengths)

Know your interests and values.

  • Write top 5 values in your life and top 5 values in your career
  • Take ‘Work Values Assessment’
  • Take Career Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Look for positive feedback from others (employers, faculty, peers, etc.)

Assess your career path.

  • Have your interests/circumstances changed?
  • Read “So What Are You Going To Do With That?” by Basalla and Debelius
  • Who do you respect in your life? What do they do? Why does it matter to them?

General Resources for UCSB Grad Students

  • UCSB Career Resource Room: hold publications in the room (Building 599, CRR). Alternatively, you could look online for the lists of books and publications (
  • Local Listings: The UCSB Career Room has “booklists” that have names of companies (Building 599, CRR).
  • LinkedIn: look at LinkedIn profiles of UCSB alumni in your discipline to get inspiration and maybe make a connection (
  • Gaucholink: Look at UCSB’s gaucholink for job postings for Ph.D. and master’s students (
  • UC Employment Opportunities (California): Employment opportunities available throughout the UC System (
  • Versatile PhD: UCSB offers this website to students for free. A great place to explore what people have used their PhDs for both STEM and Humanities fields. Interestingly you can follow someone’s course from their thought process to looking at a job posting to their CV to their resume and cover letter. (
  • Academic360: Meta-collection of Internet resources. Includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative position announcements (
  • HigherEdJobs: Search engine for academic, faculty, and staff jobs (
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: news and jobs in higher education (and academia) (
  • job search aggregating website that pulls jobs from different data bases. Great place to start to get an overview of job titles/qualifications that are of interest
  • Consider joining Professional Groups

SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education & Fine Arts) Specific Resources

  • Beyond the Academe: history students primarily, though this site contains useful information for graduate students and faculty that advise graduate students. Check out their real jobs and exploring your option sections (
  • HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. This is a site focused on collaborations across disciplines, creative uses of technology, and job and fellowships posted here.
  • Non-Academic Careers for Psychologists: American Psychological Association has gathered alternative careers. (
  • Career Alternatives for History of Art and Architecture: List of resources for students interested in outside the academy jobs. (
  • EDJOIN (California): Job listing site of choice for California school districts useful for Education Graduate Students. Shows full range of education positions, both classified and certificated, administrator, counselor, librarian, others. (
  • HERC: Job search engine for higher education jobs at universities (

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specific Resources

  • NatureJobs: Great website to look for global careers for scientists with a science jobs board  
  • ScienceCareers: Another great website that has job listings for industry, academia, and government for scientists of all disciplines and expertise.
  • OYSTIR: A resource and job search tool for STEM disciplines.
  • CheekyScientist: website that looks at alternative careers to STEM Phd

For more information, contact Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant.

Drop in: Tuesdays 10-12, 2-3; Wednesdays 9-12; Thursday 1-4

Call for an appointment: 805-893-4412



Defining Success in Your Career

In my meetings with graduate students, I’ve noticed that a lot of the graduate students generally enjoy having clear expectations for what success looks like. There is a desire to clarify and re-clarify what the expectations are and how to successfully get there. (E.g., can’t you hear your students asking you how long a paper should be, even though you’ve said "it’s quality over quantity"?) Much of what exists for graduate students who are interested in careers in the academy is a clear path towards what it means to be successful and how to get there.

The problem is that clear expectations and a clear path to success is not what exists in the world outside academia.

Author Melanie Nelson wrote a book for graduate students on how to be successful outside of academia. One way she does that is by encouraging students to enhance their "soft skills" but was met with resistance. In her recent Vitae article, Owning Your Career, she says that it is sometimes hard for graduate students to hear they need to work on those aspects (versus just hard/technical skills) because they are also implicitly being told that the road to success is not direct. For those graduate students examining alternative-academic (alt-ac) careers, her main advice is that you need to figure out what success should look like for yourself.

I think her point is raw and important. Success isn’t defined by someone else. It’s up to you to take full ownership of your career.

Click here to read her full article. If you are interested in learning more about careers alongside and outside of academia or how to talk about your Ph.D. skills for non-academic employers, consider attending my workshop next week to clarify your definition of what success looks like for you.

Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia
January 13
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Room 2154


Insights from Talk on Careers in Industry

Eighty percent of Ph.D. students don’t have jobs lined up after graduation.

Isaiah HankelThis is just one of the staggering statistics that Dr. Isaiah Hankel shared in his talk last week about breaking into a career in industry. He also provided lots of tangible, helpful, and practical suggestions for graduate students aiming to gear their job search for industry:

Tip #1: Develop a job search strategy

  • Ph.D. students are good at researching and hitting a goal. But you can’t hit a job target when you haven’t set a target.
  • To begin, you create a plan by imagining what kind of job you want. Think beyond salary and title, and get into the daily tasks, values, and setting that is important to you in a job.
  • Spend a majority of time on networking and creating credibility, then work on creating your resume. Set goals. Track your progress closely. 

Tip # 2: Manage your mindset

  • The fact that you don’t have prior direct experience in industry shouldn’t stop you from applying to industry jobs.
  • You have many transferable skills that are valued in industry. There are many ways to market and sell your skills and knowing how to talk about those skills is important.
  • It starts with you believing that you have skills first! Don’t forget that only two percent of the U.S. population has a Ph.D. You have specialized skills, so market them.

Tip #3: Networking is key

  • Dr. Hankel believes that jobs aren’t found through just submitting your resume and crossing your fingers; rather, they are found through networking and building connections. He stressed that you should make a connection before applying to a job. 
  • When networking, give value to who you are talking to and don’t base the relationship around you wanting a job. And don’t dominate the conversation. Ask and listen to others you are talking to.
  • Hone your elevator pitch to 15 seconds so that it answers: 1) who you are 2) what you want 3) why anyone should care. Use this elevator pitch to differentiate yourself.
  • As part of your strategy, find ways to prioritize networking. Industry wants people who they can get along with, not the person hiding in the corner with their nose in their phone.

Tip #4: Three skills you need

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Drive/internal motivation
  • Strategic planning
  • Hint: you have these skills as a Ph.D. Student!

Tip #5: Three skills you don't need

  • Business acumen
  • Business experience
  • Business knowledge
  • Hint: you will develop these skills during your employment

Check out Dr. Hankel's website, Cheeky Scientist, to learn more tips and ways to get employment in industry. Be sure to check out his free booklet on the top 20 Ph.D. industry positions for some inspiration.

Lana Smith-HaleIf you want to know more about the presentation or want to talk about creating your job strategy, come visit me in drop-in hours or schedule an appointment.

Lana Smith-Hale
Graduate Student Consultant
Drop-in hours in SRB 1216: Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday 1-4 p.m.
Phone: 805-893-4412