Doctoral students face a myriad of challenges in today’s competitive job market. As a result, non-traditional careers are fast becoming a viable, successful, and enriching alternative for graduate students; however, potential opportunities within this sector are often overlooked because of students’ limited exposure to and awareness of the wide range of alternative career choices that exist. 

The purpose of this organization is to educate its members about the many alternative doctoral career paths available to them within academia, government, and industry. 

This organization seeks to shed light on ways in which the skills obtained during PhD study can be leveraged when seeking alternative careers and to bridge the gap between doctoral students and working PhD professionals who chose alternative careers. 

Members of this organization will be given the opportunity to take advantage of networking and mentorship opportunities in addition to attending informational seminars given by successful doctorates who pursued vocations outside of the traditional academic tenure-track path.

The GCA is an official association at Stony Brook University dedicating to assisting graduate students in discovering all of their future careers options both inside and outside academia. 

Our purpose as the Graduate Career Association is to educate students that face mounting challenges in today’s competitive job market. By cultivating professional skills, creating mentorship opportunities, and hosting informational seminars we want to support confident, diverse and hard-working individuals and introduce them to the alternative career choices that exist.

Awarded as Stony Brook University's Best New Organization in 2012