Graduate Student Career Coaching

Graduate Student Career Coaching

Whether you’re a first-year graduate student or a sixth-year doctoral student, the Walter Center is here to help you navigate through choosing a career in industry or academia, marketing yourself to employers, translating your academic skills to industry, and much more.

It can be challenging to begin exploring careers if you’re unsure of where to start, but don’t worry — we’ll guide the way.

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Individual Career Coaching by Appointment

Discuss your opportunities (or discover what they are!) and talk about how to go about making career decisions. Although Career Coach Trevor Verrot is a specialist in serving graduate students, you’re welcome to meet with any of our 10+ coaches.

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Professional Portraits

By Appointment through Summer Session
Do you need a professional portrait for your Handshake profile, LinkedIn or other social media? Drop into the Walter Center! These photos are free, taken outdoors, and you’ll receive your photo back within a week.

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Resources for Graduate Students

In addition to one-on-one career coaching, these resources will aid you in your career development.

Events & Programs

Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend any of our events and programs.

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Imagine PhD

Imagine PhD is free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

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Jobs on Toast

This blog and collection of resources is for current graduate students, researchers, and academics who are interested in pursuing careers outside of academia.

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Versatile PhD

This is the oldest, largest community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines.

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Events for Graduate Students

Interested in more career events at Indiana University Bloomington? Head over to Handshake to view the events calendar.

3-Minute Thesis
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition founded by the University of Queensland in 2008. The competition challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation research and its significance to a general audience in just three minutes. IU Bloomington, which hosts its annual 3MT competition each spring, joins over 900 universities worldwide that host local 3MT events.

GradEx Series
So, what are you going to do after Grad School? What a loaded question, right? This career exploration group will help graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences systematically think through an answer. This virtual 4-part event is conducted through Zoom and Canvas. This series is offered on a semesterly basis. Email Trevor Verrot at for more information.