Graduate Students

Welcome to the Custom Career Content site offered by the Toppel Career Center! We are dedicated to guiding you in making educated decisions as you prepare for life after graduate school and explore the ever-changing landscape of careers. 

The Toppel Career Center focuses primarily on assisting graduate students with their industry job searches. However, please remember to keep in mind the importance of working with your respective academic department for tailored career support related to your discipline.


Highlighting Your Thesis Information and Research Projects on Your CV/Resume

Yes! You should include your thesis information and research projects on your CV/resume. Check this article out for tips, examples, and a template.

By Keashla Marengo
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How to Organize and Format Multiple Degrees on Your Resume/CV

Learn how to list your undergraduate and graduate degrees on your resume/cv. This article provides a few examples and tips for your education section.

By Keashla Marengo
Keashla Marengo
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First Generation Graduate Students: Don’t Miss These Tips!

It is no easy task to navigate the working world as a first generation graduate student. Read these six pieces of advice from Helen Pho, a first-generation graduate student herself.

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Featured Resources

The following career resources were selected to support graduate students with their career needs.

50 Must-Have Online Resources for Master’s Students offers a list of valuable resources for grad students.

This resource was recommended by Kimberly Day from

Cheeky Scientist

Job-search training platform for PhDs. Access free content such as seminars, ebooks, and reports.

Imagine PhD

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

InterSECT Job Simulations

An online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options.

Carpe Careers Blog

Blog on Inside Higher Ed that is targeted towards graduate students and navigating careers.

Toppel’s CV Guide

Check this guide out for tips, layout, and a sample CV.

Click on “View All Resources” for additional resources featured for graduate students.

Connecting with Peers & Professionals

The following resources and platforms were selected to support graduate students in expanding their networks.

50 Must-Have Online Resources for Master’s Students offers a list of valuable resources for grad students.

This resource was recommended by Kimberly Day from

Networking Sites for Grad Students

Learn about 25 useful networking sites that will help expand your network as a grad student.

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Job Market DataIn partnership withLightcast logo

Are you looking to use real-time job market data to make informed decisions about your future career path, explore relevant salary data, or identify the skills you need to build or market to get your next role? Use the following tool to explore your options.

There are two ways to navigate this tool:

  1. Keyword Search: Search for the title of the job you’re looking to pursue, or skills you may have that could be relevant for a particular career path.
  2. Narrow Down by Industry + Occupation: If you have a general sense of the industry you’d like to pursue, you can narrow down the occupations within a given industry to help you decide.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Type in a keyword to select a relevant occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)


Vault offers comprehensive industry and career guides that provide insights into industry work life and advice for students on kickstarting their careers. You can access 170+ guides on our Custom Career Content site to help you explore career paths and gain valuable information that will help you make informed career decisions.

Click on “View All Resources” for additional guides.

Cane2Cane Mentors

Explore careers, prepare for your future, and connect with industry professionals. Exclusive to our University of Miami community, Cane2Cane is a social network where 'Canes receive help navigating from college to career. No matter who you know, or don't know, connect and learn from professionals across 60+ industries who are eager to help you prepare for your career journey.

Francesca Mardis

Faculty & Staff Mentors
  • Senior Program Coordinator University of Miami

MaryEllen Becher

Faculty & Staff Mentors
  • Development Officer University of Miami

Javier Paredes

Faculty & Staff Mentors
  • Sr. Clinical Research Assistant University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Ana Wells

Faculty & Staff Mentors
  • Learning Specialist University of Miami

Alexandra Mahjouri

Alumni Mentor
  • Research Analyst/Deputy Program Manager US Department of Defense - Contractor

Meredeth Jackson

Alumni Mentor
  • Coral Gables, FL
  • APRN University of Miami
  • Miami, FL
  • Vice-President MECO MIAMI Inc.

Katherine McRae

Alumni Mentor
  • Assistant Art by God

David Tzeel

Alumni Mentor
  • Data Analyst Humana

Sara Purdue

Alumni Mentor
  • Miami, FL

Robert Landers

Community Mentor
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nicolle Acuna

Faculty & Staff Mentors
  • Research Assistant 3-Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Miami

Join your peers on Cane2Cane to connect with a ‘Cane who can help you achieve your career goals! You can search for connections in the Cane2Cane community by applying various filters, such as industry, location, degree, and more!


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