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. A few favorites are asterisked.


*UM LinkedIn page, Alumni Search. A great resource for finding UM grads working in areas of interest (login required); filterable by field of study, workplace, location, year of graduation, etc.

*LSA Opportunity Hub. Designed specifically for LSA students; see in particular internship opportunities.

UM Career Center

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

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

University of Michigan Alumni (LinkedIn)

UM Alumni Association Official Group (LinkedIn)

Wolverine Networking (LinkedIn)

UM Career Center, Upcoming Events

Center for the Education of Women. Offers career counseling to students of all genders.



Career outlooks and statistics

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Outlook: 2010–2020. Search for individual careers through the Occupational Outlook Handbook; particularly helpful for learning whether your field of career interest is growing, stable, or shrinking.

*Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University; many helpful reports on changing job market conditions for recent graduates.

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

NYT, “Six Myths about Choosing a College Major”

*The Art of Employment: How Liberal Arts Graduates Can Improve Their Labor Market Prospects, from the market analytics firm Burning Glass; details acquirable technical skills helpful for liberal arts majors.

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

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)


Job search tools

UM Career Center, “Job Search Resources”

UM Career Center, Handshake (job and internship opportunities; 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)


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 (if you’re thinking of a PhD)

*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. See, e.g., “How Do You Get Hired by a SLAC?” (Small Liberal Arts College)

VanDeGrift and Davis, “The Journey to a Teaching-Oriented Faculty Position: A Handbook of Advice for Graduate Students.” Helpful advice for English PhDs, from two computer science faculty members.

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, Overview of  the Analytical Writing Measure


LSAT and law school

OWU Writing Center, “LSAT Writing Sample Guidelines”

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.