Career Development

Career Development is an integral component of the 5+1 program. In partnership with Graduate Career Services (GCS), Fellows will have access to a wide spectrum of services and resources covering the life cycle of career development. GCS uses a 3-stage career development model - Engage ▪ Develop ▪ Empower - to help you organize your career development planning activities. This model represents the key components of becoming IrishReady for career success.


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The 5+1 career planning and development program emerges from the model and features a Career Success Series to enrich the postdoctoral experience. It is designed to help Fellows engage in discernment of interests and goals, increase the efficacy of future job applications, and develop career related core competencies prior to leaving Notre Dame.


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The Career Success Series is a multi-stage career advising program offering professional assessment, training, and guidance to maximize your professional development. Components include:

  • Career Assessment to identify skills, interests, motivations, and career values.
  • Text“So What Are You Going to Do with That?” Finding Careers Outside Academia by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius.
  • Electronic resume reviews with detailed feedback and recommendations.
  • Information sharing on career resources.
  • Group Workshops on The Savvy Search and Networking.
  • One-on-one consultation to develop a career strategy.

If you have questions regarding the 5+1 career planning and development program or want to schedule an appointment with Graduate Career Services, visit the Direct Scheduling Website or send an email to

Ana Jimenez MorenoAna Jimenez-Moreno, '17

Ana Jimenez-Moreno earned her Ph.D. in English from Notre Dame in 2017 and completed a 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Notre Dame Press. She focused on acquisitions while also gaining experience in the marketing, business, and manuscript editing departments. The experience helped her earn a Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship at the University of Georgia Press and led to her hiring as acquisitions editor at The Ohio State University Press.

The 5+1 Fellowship Program was instrumental in launching my career in publishing.

"The 5+1 Fellowship Program was instrumental in launching my career in publishing. My time interning with the University of Notre Dame Press showed me that I could be connected to the world of books and use what I had been taught in academia. 

"Anyone trying to look at careers that build from or relate to their scholarship will find that what prevents a smooth transition into a new field is experience. Because I worked for UND Press, I was completely immersed in how they do their craft and how that world operates, I was able to gain a definite edge when it came to applying for jobs. 

"A career in publishing, like an academic career, depends on networking. Closely working with the director, editors, and staff in other departments in the Press gave me both quality training and connections with people outside of our institution."