Graduate and professional students

VCU Career Services provides a variety of career- and professional development-related resources for graduate and first-professional students. Whether you’re interested in an academic or nonacademic track after graduation, we have a variety of resources to help reach your goals and enrich your career.

We can help you with:

We encourage you to use the tools available online and in our office to help you determine the best career direction for you. Schedule an appointment with your career advisor or attend one of the many events offered by our office or by your college or school to seek out additional ways to enrich your VCU education.

Career planning

You have pursued graduate or professional education and now you have a choice – would you like to focus your career on continued research and teaching, or are you more interested in applying what you have learned outside of the academy?

You may have only experienced the academic setting thus far, and if that’s the case, it’s important to investigate what other settings are like and whether they are a good fit for you. Identify what skills and experiences are needed in the sector in which you want to work, and proceed to implement your career plan accordingly. 

The Versatile PhD

The Versatile PhD helps graduate students and Ph.D.s identify, prepare for and excel in professional careers by providing unique and instructive content, networks, job analytics and readiness tools.

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Career development course

GRAD 610: Career and Professional Development Planning for Graduate Students

Semester course; 2 lecture hours per week for seven weeks. 1 credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is designed to assist participants as they navigate the challenges faced when making career choices in a complex global economy. Includes opportunities for self- and career-skills assessment.

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We love talking to student organizations, classes and, well, anybody about career services. Fill out our form to request a presentation and someone from our office will get back to you soon.

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As a VCU student, you have access to a broad range of instructional videos and courses based on skills known to be important to a variety of job functions and roles.