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coaching modelWe believe that career management involves personal reflection, exploration, and long-term planning. We encourage students to connect with our office early in the academic year and to participate in our workshops and internship fair to help explore the types of opportunities that exist as well as acquire the skills necessary to pursue a career choice.

EdCareers Career Education has a vast amount of resources to help you begin your professional development journey while studying at the GSE.


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Know Thyself

This is the most critical step because everything else builds on it.

Career Development Assessments

  • Complete the EdCareers Compass Exercise
  • Participate in a reflective/introspective exercise to help you articulate your values and career goals (we suggest "Finding Your Own North Star" by Martha Beck).
  • Complete the StrengthsQuest assessment to help you articulate your unique assets.

Explore the Landscape

Build industry knowledge via:

  • Interactive workshops on networking, informational interviewing and more.
  • General and industry-specific newsletters.
  • Attend EdCareers Internship Fair and BEAM job Fairs.

Connect with the Players

Connect with individuals and organizations that intrigue you via:

Execute Your Game Plan

Manage the nuts and bolts of securing the right position. These resources can be found in the Document Library in the EdCareers Portal.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Interview
  • Negotiating

For a PDF version of this information click here.


EdCareers Career Education offers a variety of resources to our students, outlined below. In addition to our own offerings, we work with key campus partners to deliver the best possible suite of offerings to our students. 

EdCareers Newsletter

Every week the EdCareers team emails a newsletter with information about career events and workshops happening at the GSE and around campus. It also includes all new job and internships postings from the previous week. As a new student you will automatically receive this newsletter via email.

One-on-one coaching

Register via the EdCareers Portal for a 30-minute appointment with one of our EdCareers staff members on topics including career exploration in the field of education, interview and networking techniques, connecting with alumni and leaders in the field of education, and more. We offer up to two coaching sessions per year to all GSE students.

PhD-specific Resources

In addition to all of the resources outlined on this page for all students, there are also many resources specific to PhD students. Check them out here.

Alumni Directory

After completing one quarter at Stanford, all GSE students are invited to create an account with the Stanford Alumni Association. This enables students to utilize the Stanford Alumni Directory, and conduct searches for alumni working at specific organizations or geographic areas, and also filter by degree program. This is a great resource for starting to Connect with the Players!

BEAM, Stanford Career Education

BEAM offers a variety of resources to help you on your journey of career exploration:

  • Coaching about Resumes, CVs, & Cover Letters
  • Postings of Jobs & Internships
  • Professional development workshops
  • Career panels
  • Networking dinners throughout the academic year
  • Free recommendation letter service for students
  • Free Strengths Quest career assessment for students

Please visit BEAM's website for updated information about workshops, trainings and resources.

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

VPGE promotes and creates innovative pilot programs for students by offering opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, career development resources and practical resources for students, including skills training and information resources.

Please visit for updated information and registration.

Graduate Life Office

The team at Stanford's Graduate Life Office are here to help you navigate the issues, challenges and complications that are an inevitable part of life. Whether dealing with personal issues, roommate problems, family concerns, academic challenges, financial difficulties, or anything else life throws your way, the Graduate Life Office is here to support you. They can also help answer your questions about life on campus and become more integrated with the local community.

Hume Center for Writing and Teaching

Schedule an appointment with their staff to take advantage of resources for every stage of your academic career and for any kind of writing and speaking including your pitch, interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, and more.

Academic Coaching for Graduate and Professional students

Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning offers coaching to help you develop your skills and confidence as a graduate student. From learning how to communicate with your advisor and building your time-management skills to addressing imposter syndrome and preventing burn out, CTL's Academic Coaches are here to support you. Sign up for an appointment here.

Alumni Mentoring

The Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) program connects current students with alumni who are willing to share their workplace and educational experience in long-term mentoring relationships. Students at all levels are welcome to participate, and graduate students exploring careers outside of academia may find this resource especially valuable. We highly encourage GSE students to take advantage of this program because only current Stanford students are allowed to find mentors through SAM. Register at the beginning of fall, winter and spring quarters by filling out an online profile and attending a 45-minute orientation.  Sign up for SAM.

Entrepreneurship Resources

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner offers 2,000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. StartX is an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence.

Job Boards

GSE Identity Toolkit

Order print materials that reflect the GSE identity and find information on use of the official GSE signature and vision.

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