Career Development

Career Counseling Appointments for Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students can schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruth Schemmer, Career Development Specialist.  Dr. Schemmer has over twenty years of higher education experience, including as Associate Director of Graduate Student Services at the Texas A&M Career Center and Assistant Dean for Career Development in the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University.  She has worked with graduate students in all disciplines.   You can schedule a time to meet with her to discuss:

  • Building your resume
  • The academic job search process
  • Searching for jobs outside of academia
  • Interview strategies and tips
  • General questions about planning a career post-Ph.D.

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For questions, please email Dr. Schemmer

Drop-in Career Development Hours for Graduate Students in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows, Simmons, and Guildhall

Got a quick resume review or career-related question? This may be just the solution! Dr. Schemmer is available for drop-in questions Thursdays, from 4-6pm, using the Zoom waiting room feature. Each mini-session will last about 15 minutes; there may be a short wait but don’t worry – Zoom notifies the host when you drop in.  Drop-in hours are open to all graduate students in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows, Simmons, and Guildhall.  You can access the drop-in hours here

Career Planning eLearning Platform for All Graduate Students

With over 80 hours of on-demand videos, Aurora includes interviews with over 170 PhDs who have successfully launched careers in industry, non-profits, government, and higher education.  This is a one-of-a-kind resource for graduate students.  Through two programs of study (professional and faculty), you will be empowered to make informed decisions about your career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs.

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Other SMU Resources

The Hegi Family Career Development Center at SMU is dedicated to serving the needs of SMU students and assisting employers in reaching qualified SMU candidates.  On the Hegi Center website, you can access Handshake to find jobs and internships as well as professional development and employer engagement events on campus, schedule career-counseling appointments, and learn about drop-in appointments.

External Resources

IMAGINEPHD: A free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

Beyond the Professoriate:  Resources to help PhDs and grad students land jobs in: industry, non-profit, higher education administration, faculty, and the private sector.