Making it in the Real World


Making the Transition from College to the Real World

Workshops, eBooks, and links to help you survive and thrive in your first job.

Congratulations on leaving or getting ready to leave college, grad school, or your post-doc. You've learned a lot, had fun and made friends. Now you're looking for a job and the reality is sinking in... College hasn't fully prepared you for the Real World. Relax, and welcome to dougsguides: a set of ebooks, workshops, and links to help you find a great job with great people.

Looking for your first job? --> Read Finding Your First Job
Got your first job? --> Check out Working with Other People and Managing Your Boss

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Narrow pay gapsThe American Association of University Women published a study “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation“ (pdf) looking at approximately 15,000 graduates to estimate the effect of gender on wages. The conclusion: occupations like nursing, engineering, and math, computer, and physical science occupations are the best-paying jobs for women one year...

Lab meetingTraditionally, graduate training in science focuses on developing technical skills and expertise. However, when graduate students advance in their careers, managing a group of people often becomes a key responsibility. Formal training in handling interpersonal interactions is rare or ad hoc, and graduate study tends to neglect the skills needed to manage a lab effectively. 

A group of graduate students at Berkeley has put together a unique seminar series to address this education gap: SLAM (...

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For years, it's been clear that there are many more non-academic career options than traditional academic positions for science, social science and engineering grads.  But finding and preparing for those options has largely been an effort by each individual graduate.  It's still the case that non-academic career paths are largely ignored - or worse, actively discouraged - by many professors and departments.  Now, a group of graduate students at UC-Berkeley have gotten together to highlight and promote non-traditional career choices in the ...

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