Students' Guide to Career Planning

Welcome to the Graduate and Professional Students’ Guide to Career Planning!  Learning the crucial components of career development and self-management now, while you are in graduate school, will help ensure a smooth transition later, when you are ready to launch into a meaningful career.  Understanding and applying the principles of career management will help you progress in your career and provide you with greater satisfaction and effectiveness as you grow professionally.  The purpose of this guide is to develop your understanding of those career management principles.   Please contact the career services professionals in your specific college at any time throughout your graduate work to seek individual assistance and guidance.

Exploring Non-Academic Careers
Exploring Academic Careers

I. Maintaining Balance

• Introduction
• Time Management Tips & Articles

II. Self-Knowledge

• Introduction
• Assessment Resources

III. Market Knowledge

• Introduction
• Guiding Questions in your Search
• Resources to Get You Started

IV. Job Search Resources

• Introduction
• Questions to Guide Your Search
• Government Careers
• Non-Profit Agencies & Organizations
• Business & Industry Careers
• International Careers

V. Building a Professional Network

• Introduction
• Questions to Guide Your Networking
• Networking Resources
    Graduate Program
    Student Groups
    Career Fairs
    Professional Assoc.
    Mentor Programs
    Social Media
    Informational Interview
• Online Networking Workshops

VI. Marketing Yourself

• Elevator Speech
• Resumes & Cover Letters
• Portfolios & References
• Interviewing
• After the Interview

VII. Negotiating

• Introduction and the 3 P's
• Requests for Salary History
• Negotiating During the Interview & After
• Eight General Negotiating Tips
• Letters of Acceptance

I. Introduction

II. Maintaining Balance

• Introduction
• Finding Balance
• The Dissertation Calculator
• Work Life Graph Activiey PDF

III. Knowing Yourself

• Introduction
• Understanding Your Strengths
• Creating Your Individual Development Plan
• Getting Comfortable with Networking
• Finding Your Institutional/Position Fit
• Academic Position Fit PDF

IV. Researching Options: Electronic Resources

• The Chronicle
• Public Web Sites
• State University Systems

V. Enhancing Options: People Resources

• Preparing Future Faculty
    (Grad 8101), 8102) & 8200)
• Center for Teaching & Learning
• Finding Workshops and Consultants
• Departmental Alums
• Informational Interviews

VI. Telling Your Story: Creating Dynamic Documents & Interviews

• Basic Process for Understanding "Fit"
• Entering the Market
• Understanding the Hiring Cycles
• Creating a Job Search Portfolio
• Conducting Campus Interviews
• Planning for a Job Talk
• Preparing for Teaching Demonstrations
• Negotiating an Offer

VII. Closing the Deal: "Quick Starters" Skills

• The New Faculty Member
• Key Attributes of Successful New Faculty