Career Resources

I put this together for students in my “Writing for the Real World” class, but others might find some of these resources useful.



Sweetland Writing Center, In-Person Writing Support. Excellent on-campus resource for academic and extracurricular writing.

UM English Dept., Careers in English. Offers profiles of UM English graduates; potential networking possibilities.

UM Career Center

LSA Opportunity Hub. Designed specifically for LSA students.

UM Alumni Association, Career Development (some free services for students, others for paid members)

UM LinkedIn page, Alumni Search. A great resource for finding UM grads working in areas of interest (login required).

University of Michigan Alumni (LinkedIn)

UM Alumni Association Official Group (LinkedIn)

Wolverine Networking (LinkedIn)

UM Career Center, Upcoming Events



News sources for professional issues

Google Alerts (allows you to create your own custom news feed)

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Inside Higher Ed

Issues in Science and Technology (writing, editing, design, advertising, etc.)

New York Times (see sections on business, science, health, technology, arts., etc.)

Publishers Weekly (industry news for publishers, agents, and writers)

Science journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wall Street Journal

Wired (technology)


Career outlooks and statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Outlook: 2010–2020. Helpful site for learning whether your field of career interest is growing, stable, or shrinking.

Hard Times 2013: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings, from Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight, from the Association of American Colleges and Universities

US Census Bureau, “Where Do College Graduates Work?” (neat visualization showing who works in STEM)


Job search tools

UM Career Center, “Job Search Resources”

UM Career Center, Internship Network (student login required)

UM Career Center, Handshake (student login required)

LinkedIn job search (login required) (lots of spam and scams, but many legit jobs too; requires filtering)

Chronicle of Higher Education (university staff, administration, and faculty) (non-profit; can be a bit much to wade through; filter for “jobs” to find paying opportunities) (writing, editing, design, etc.)

Publishers Weekly Job Zone (media, publishing)

UM, Careers at the U (includes full-time, part-time, temporary, and student positions)

UM Alumni Association Job Board (membership required)


Career possibilities for non-careerist students

UM Public Service Internship Program (Early Oct. deadline)

Master of Public Policy/Administration (UM MPP/MPA program)

Master of Public Health (UM MPH; click through to dept. subprograms)

Master of Information Science (UM Faces of UMSI)

Master of Social Work (UM SSW)

Educational Certification (UM SOE MA programs)

US Foreign Service (career tracks)




Graduate school admissions

Purdue Online Writing Lab, “Writing the Personal Statement.” A bit generic, but the advice on making use of personal experience and finding a narrative angle is valuable.

Center for Communication Practices, RPI, “Graduate School Essays.” Useful, focused advice for writing professionalized statements of purpose.

Johns Hopkins U Medical School, “Personal Statement.” Tone is a bit snarky, but  suggestions are solid, and many would transfer to applying to law or business school or other professional programs.


Finding the right graduate program Excellent resource offering easy searching of program rankings using NRC data; this offers important information (student satisfaction, placement rates, diversity, etc.) that programs themselves don’t always divulge.

US News“Best Graduate Schools.” This is the one everyone goes to first, but it’s only a rough instrument at best (e.g., see Gladwell) and may not capture the strengths of particular programs well-regarded by those in the field. It’s not a bad place to start, but consult with your professors, especially if you have an interest in a particular sub-discipline or practice within your area of interest.


Academic job market

Academic Job Wiki. Yearly lists of jobs in various disciplines, salary discussions, universities to love/fear, etc.

Chronicle of Higher Education Joblist

CHE, articles by career coach Karen Kelsky. Good advice for anyone considering a career in academia.

MLA, Career Resources. Detailed reports on trends in the MLA job list and the profession, including the latest reports on job placement rates for English PhDs; essential reading for anyone thinking of getting a PhD in English.



Princeton Review, GRE Live Grader (fee site)

ETS, Introduction to the Analytical Writing Measure


LSAT and law school

OWU Writing Center, “LSAT Writing Sample Guidelines”

Kaplan, “The LSAT Writing Sample – Everything You Wanted to Know…”

Todd Tolin, “The LSAT Writing Sample Matters: Advice from a Law School Admissions Insider”

LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (includes admissions probability calculator)

Law School Probability Calculator. The original, but hasn’t been updated recently; LSAC’s is the better bet.

NALP, Salary Distribution Curve. Valuable presentation of the profession’s bimodal salary distribution.