Social Science, Humanities, Education and Fine Arts (SHEF)

Did you know that Ph.D.s in the humanities and social sciences go on to fulfilling careers as entrepreneurs, researchers, marketing directors, teachers, diplomats, and more? Start your career exploration journey with ImaginePhD, a free online career exploration and planning tool designed specifically for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in humanities and social sciences. (Note: UCSB affiliates get early access to the site starting October 9. See below for login credentials.)

With ImaginePhD, you’ll be able to:

  • Assess your career-related skills, interests, and values
  • Explore career paths appropriate to your discipline
  • Create self-defined goals
  • Map out the next steps for your career

Developed by experts from over 50 universities, ImaginePhD offers a unique platform that teaches Ph.D.s about popular job sectors, search strategies, and how to transfer skills across settings. A similar site targeting STEM graduate students has over 100,000 Ph.D. users and continues to grow.

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Additionally, Versatile PhD is a good resource to gain access to discussion forums, job postings, and career profiles written by PhDs who were hired outside of academia.