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Professional development is an integral part of graduate education. In coordination with offices and centers across campus, the Graduate School helps graduate students develop the skills they need to succeed in both the academic and non-academic worlds. Our Professional Development page is a good place to start. The University provides abundant opportunities for students to develop as teachers, scholars, speakers, and researchers.

Center for Careers and Life After Brown

Brown University Box 1907
167 Angell St.
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3326
[email protected]

Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB)
The Center for Careers and Life after Brown is a valuable resource for graduate students in all departments and at all stages of their course of study. CareerLAB offers individual advising services and extensive programming for those seeking career information and job search assistance. Services are geared to both master’s and doctoral students.

Entering graduate students may be interested in professional development programs such as Positioning Yourself for Success. For those ready to seek a job, program offerings include: The Academic Job Search; Finding a Post-Doc; The Job Search for Master’s Students; and Strategies for the Non-academic Job Search. The Career LAB also offers regular skill-building workshops, including interview techniques, CV and cover letter writing, resume writing, and networking.

All graduate students are invited to attend the Graduate Student Career Options Conference (CareerCON) which brings Brown graduate student alums back to campus for a full day of career exploration panels and networking. Alums share their career experiences and advice in a variety of fields within business, government, and non-profits. Panelists include masters and doctoral students, and represent all divisions within the University.

Students can take advantage of the Career LAB offerings by speaking to a professional career counselor about their needs. Be assured that counselors are aware that graduate students’ needs are different from those of undergraduates and are sensitive to their situations. All sessions are confidential. The graduate student section of the Career LAB website links to many resources for career exploration, skill development, and specific interest areas. For more information or to make an appointment to see an counselor, doctoral students should email [email protected]. Master's students please register on the Brown Student Job and Internship Board (JIB) and then make an appointment through the JIB.

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