Career and Professional Development

From job searching to career exploration, alumni can access myriad resources for all stages of professional growth.


Explore Career Resources for Alumni

Access in-person, Skype, and phone appointments with a career counselor, exclusive job search platforms, and more. Penn offers alumni a variety of supports and services that align with their interests and field.

Browse available resources from Penn Career Services and Alumni Education offices, and view the Intro to Career Services for Alumni page for more details. Alumni can also contact Penn GSE’s Office of Career and Professional Development here.

Grow your professional skills and networks

The Alumni Education Office partners with Penn Career Services to offer a wide array of professional development seminars and workshops exclusively for alumni, including resources to build your network.

Career Tools Webinar Series

Stay current with the ever-changing job market with tools and tips ranging from work-life balance to utilizing social media to salary negotiations and more. Sign up for upcoming episodes of the Career Tools Webinar Series and view the archives for all previous sessions.

Online Book Club with Penn Alumni Career Networking

Join Penn alumni for an Online Book Club covering professional development and personal growth topics related to careers and leadership.

Network and Connect

The power of Penn’s network of more than 300,000 alumni expands across both the globe and the web. Explore opportunities to Network and Connect and maximize the resources of the alumni community.

Quaker Classifieds

Use Quaker Classifieds to advertise and search for businesses, services, and products from and for fellow alumni.

The Educator’s Playbook

Penn GSE’s The Educator’s Playbook is a monthly newsletter that features Penn GSE faculty addressing some of the most pressing issues facing educators today.

Brush Up on the Basics: Application and Interview Prep

Changing jobs and need a refresher? Visit Penn Career Services for tools and tips, including topics like interview advice, résumé preparation, and more.

Job Search Tools and Resources

Handshake for Alumni

Handshake is Penn Career Services’ fast and powerful recruiting platform for University of Pennsylvania students, postdocs, and alumni. Handshake uses cutting-edge technology to help you more easily connect with employers and source jobs and internships, event information, and on-campus recruiting opportunities.

Job Listservs

Career Services maintains 20+ e-mail distribution lists for Penn graduate students, graduate alumni, and current postdocs. Sign up for lists of interest to receive relevant job postings (both within and outside of academia),program and workshop announcements, and funding opportunities.

Library Access for Alumni

Explore the possibilities of Alumni Services at Penn Libraries. Visit Penn Libraries virtually through the library’s e-resources and digital collections or in person to view an exhibit, attend a lecture, browse the stacks, or to see what's new in your favorite library space.

Career Development and Exploration

Foster professional development by diving deeper with field-specific resources or broadening your journey through career exploration tools. Alumni can also contact Penn GSE’s Office of Career and Professional Development here.

Resources for our community, by our community

Knowledge Hub at Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)

The CPRE Knowledge Hub strives to improve knowledge sharing, relevant research, and interactions amongst education researchers, policymakers, and practitioners around persistent and challenging problems in the education. They offer a variety of opportunities for virtual engagement, including Cool Thinking on Hot Topics, a series that brings together stakeholders from across the field of education to discuss and synthesize critical educational issues; Policy Matters, featuring interviews with national and international education policymakers and practitioners to highlight the policies and practices that education decision-makers are using to address challenges, factors that have influenced their choices, and lessons learned; Research Minutes, a weekly podcast about current and rigorous educational research; and The Commons, a reserved interactive space for sponsored work sessions on specific issues and topics.

Faculty Bookshelf

Visit the Penn GSE Faculty Bookshelf to see a running list of publications.

Penn GSE Research Centers

For field-specific information, events, resources, and publications for practitioners and researchers, explore faculty-led Penn GSE Research Centers.