Career Guidance

As a graduate student, you are acquiring advanced transferable skills that academic and non-academic employers seek. The following resources are designed to help you convey, develop, and leverage your skill set for professional positions, particularly those in industry and non-academic settings.


Career panel

How do you take your advanced degree to industry? Each spring The Graduate School, Career Center, and several campus partners host an interactive panel discussion on this topic. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists experienced in non-academic career options.

Salary Negotiation Workshops

$tart $mart Workshops provide students who are approaching the job market knowledge and skills to negotiate salaries and benefits so that they receive fair and realistic compensation.


Spur Connections Mentor Program

Spur Connections is a tool to help practitioners (both USC alumni and non-alumni) assist USC students and alumni in learning more about various positions and industries. USC students and alumni will be able to search the Spur Connections database and contact mentors for such activities as email networking, information interviewing, and job shadowing.

Career Center

The Career Center offers services to graduate students for up to a year after graduation. Resources include:

  • Drop- in hours (1-4 p.m., M-F, Thomas Cooper Library)
  • One-on-one career appointments
  • Job fairs
  • Web resources for finding work outside of academia
  • Discovery Tools to help clarify your skills

Print Materials

Web Resources

This section contains links to websites not under the control of the University or The Graduate School. We are not responsible for their contents.

  • Sell Out: What’s it like working outside academe? How should you prepare? This site explores these questions and more.
  • My Next Move: Explore career options through this free resource from the US Department of Labor.
  • O*NET: The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. They collect occupation data and provide free applications for career exploration.
  • Beyond Academe: Beyond Academe was created in 2003 to educate historians about their options outside of academe.