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Isao

I see how career center works, but is it still effective in job searching? I earned my first job (more than a decade ago) directly from my university lab, and what mattered was my professor's reputation.

Chandlee

Isao,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, professors--and their connections--can help you land your first job, too. In general, career centers don't like it when professors recommend one student over another for a job because it violates NACE guidelines on ethics for hiring--which say that all students should be notified about jobs and have the opportunity to apply individually.

My favorite resource for positions in scientific research in university labs and the academic job search is the Academic Job Search Handbook by Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer Furlong. They also provide great information for grad students and post-docs in their column in the Chronicle for Higher Education. Both Julia Vick and Jennifer Furlong work in Career Services offices--if you take their advice in tandem with faculty it can be helpful.

Career centers can also help students on navigating situations with faculty. For example, if you've worked with a professor for three years and she leaves your school without providing a recommendation for you, or if you are a Ph.D. student and are having trouble with an advisor--they can provide you with resources and help you explore your options.

I hope that is helpful.

Thanks again for the comment,
Chandlee

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