The list below includes a selection of materials that explore the transition from an academic to an applied career in political science. The resources below are meant to provide a starting point for further research.
Online Career Resources: This APSA resource provides links to career sites and job search tools that may be useful for exploring career options.
Career Path Profiles: A collection of career profiles of political science PhDs who are currently working outside the academy. The interviews provide useful advice for those exploring career options outside academia.
PS: Political Science and Politics: This APSA journal includes many articles on applied career options and advice for graduate students. Recent articles and symposia include:
Blogs & Websites
Alt-ac Advisor: Offers practical advice for social science and humanities PhDs on resume writing, networking and interviewing. Includes short essays as well as general how-to advice.
Beyond Academe: While geared towards historians, this site includes a helpful FAQ section which includes tips on how to approach alt-academic job applications, common myths surrounding applied careers, job search information, and more.
The Grad Student Way: Focuses on practical advice for preparing for an applied career while still in grad school and finishing a dissertation. Written by a biology PhD, much of the advice applies equally to social science grad students.
Imagine PhD: A free site that helps PhDs identify a variety of career pathways based on individual interests and skills.
PhDs at Work: This site hosts a “Week in the Life” series, which profiles PhDs from various fields who now work outside academia. Provides good context for what day-to-day life in an alt-academic job entails.
The Versatile PhD: A forum for PhDs who are interested in pursuing applied careers. Portions of the site are free to use and include advice forums and job sector information. There is also a message function which allows you to contact any of the +60,000 registered members. Further detailed career resources are available if your university is a Versatile PhD subscriber.
So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius.
University career centers also provide resources for PhDs.
The Columbia University Center for Career Education maintains a list of applied career options for social science and humanities MAs and PhDs.
The University of Chicago graduate career center also provides helpful documents on job search tools and resume-writing.