Career Exploration and Professional Development Resources
These are resources available through Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) for graduate students looking to explore potential careers or gain skills beyond those offered by their programs.
- You can take classes in certificate programs, like Program Management, in the School of Professional Studies.
- At Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA), you can:
- Speak with career advisors, specifically Elysse Longiotti, TGS career advisor, about the job market and best strategies for career development
- Participate in trainings and seminars and find job postings through the NCA’s portal, Handshake
NCA also provides access to career exploration websites like:
- Resource for planning and exploration of careers for humanities and social science PhDs, including planning tools; assessments of skills, interests, and values; and job resources divided into different interests
- Versatile PhD
- Resource explicitly for helping graduate students, ABDs, and PhDs prepare for careers outside the academy and includes networking, webinars, online job directories, and descriptions based on resumes and cover letters
Multiple professional organizations in the humanities and social sciences have pages dedicated to career diversity. They range in what they can offer for non-members and those outside of the discipline. What is listed here is a small sample—check out your own professional organizations to see if they offer any career diversity services!
Leading U.S. organization for anthropologists; their website includes a career center for links to interviews with anthropologists working in a wide range of fields.
American Historical Association
Leading U.S. organization for historians; has a specific section on Career Diversity for Historians including resources for both graduate students and faculty.
Modern Language Association
Leading U.S. organization for literary scholars; their website has a specific section on Career Resources, including an issue of Profession, their career journal, on the public humanities.
American Political Science Association
Major political science association in the U.S.; has a career center for political scientists, including specifics on applied careers for the field.
The organization of American Studies, the ASA has career resources and advice for applicants and academic departments.
National and University Public Humanities Organizations
Beyond career development at Northwestern and with professional organizations, public humanities organizations across the United States demonstrate the variety of options available to graduate students interested in the public humanities.
National organization for humanities work across the U.S. This article about different types of publicly engaged scholarship on the Humanities for All site, which is an offshoot of NHA, is particularly interesting.
University of Wisconsin Center for the Humanities
University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Center for the Humanities shares multiple public humanities resources, including several examples of public engagement for students/by grad students.
University of Washington Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities
University of Washington’s Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities compiles multiple resources, including scholarship about the public humanities and thoughts on reimagining the PhD to include public scholarship.