At UC San Diego we aim to prepare graduate students and post-doctoral scholars for a range of careers, from industry to academia. To complement the offerings of the Career Services Center, the Graduate Division collaborated with campus partners and local employers to develop a new professional development program, GrAdvantage.  GrAdvantage is a hub of campus-wide professional development opportunities and provides a suite of resources to develop the leadership, teamwork , communication and networking skills graduate students need to become successful leaders in their field.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    • Postdoc
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Professional networking
    • Job search
    • Leadership and Teamwork
    • Project management and budget management
    • Mentoring
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Teaching
    • Research ethics
    Services Offered
    • Career Counseling
    • Courses
    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Networking opportunities
    External Partners
    • Celgne
    • General Atomics
    • Illumina
    • The Museum of Man
    • Qualcomm
    • The Versatile PhD
    • UCSD Alumni in industry as well as entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals
    University Collaborations
    • Graduate Division
    • Career Services
    • University Extension
    • Graduate Student Association
    • Post Doctoral and Visiting Scholars Affairs Office
    • Graduate Departments and Programs
    • The Commons: The Center for Engaged Teaching, and The Center for Engaged Learning
    • The Writing center
    • University libraries
    • Jacobs School of Engineering: IDEA Center
    • Rady School of Management
    • The Center for the Humanities
    • Alumni and Community Engagement


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