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The following sampling of tools and resources should be combined with your own research. We suggest you use targeted keyword searches to find representative employers and opportunities, explore professional associations, join LinkedIN groups, and browse additional job board postings. Remember to also search LinkedIn and MyPenn (formerly QuakerNet) to connect with Penn alumni in fields related to your interests. Additionally, the sample jobs and employers are only a small selection of what’s posted in Handshake – log in to see much more!
We also suggest using the Career Exploration section of our website for more information or researching by major.
For resources on the Academic Job Search for faculty and related positions, please go to our community for PhDs and Postdocs.
Prepare for Faculty Careers in Higher Education
In addition to resources offered in your department and discipline, PhD students and postdocs interested in applying for faculty positions can also take advantage of Career Services in preparing for faculty careers. No matter which stage you are in as a doctoral student, Career Services can help you strategize as you prepare to apply for a range of faculty roles, including tenure-track, visiting, and postdoc positions. Be sure to check out our Guide to Faculty Job Applications and make an appointment with a Career Advisor on Handshake to get feedback on your CV, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement, and diversity statement. We also conduct academic mock interviews to help you prepare to talk about your research and teaching with faculty search committees.
Identify Job and Internship Opportunities in K-12 Education
If you are looking for employment opportunities in the field of education, Handshake can be a helpful resource as you look for jobs and internships. Opportunities in public and private education are posted regularly, so make sure to indicate your industry interest in K-12 education when you fill out your profile. You can also customize the weekly uConnect newsletter you receive from Career Services to get updates on new jobs in education. There are also other resources available for Penn students who are interested in teaching at independent schools, including the National Association of Independent Schools and Carney Sandoe.
Discover Administrative Opportunities in Higher Education
For a career in higher education administration, there are an abundance of roles to consider in areas such as student affairs, alumni relations, development, admissions, business services, marketing & communications, and academic affairs. If you have particular universities in mind, start by looking at job listings on the university websites. If you have preferred cities or regions, you can search for positions on Handshake by noting your location preferences along with your industry interest in Higher Education in your searches and on your profile. In addition, you can find job listings on other resources such as HigherEdJobs, Inside Higher Ed, and Chronicle of Higher Education, which are also good sources of information on issues and trends in higher education.