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APD Update: February 24, 2015

February 24, 2015

2015 Grad & Professional Student Career Week

The 2015 Grad & Professional Student Career Week features workshops designed to help graduate and professional students prepare for today’s job market. There's still time to register!


The Academic Job Search

Monday, March 9, 3:30-5 p.m. | 350 Anderson Hall

Preparing for the academic job search process and becoming a candidate for an academic position can be daunting endeavors. The purpose of this workshop is to help you become acquainted with these processes and find ways to leverage skills you've already gained as part of teaching, research and other responsibilities. During this short workshop, we'll set out an overview of the job search process across different types of academic institutions, address ways of building teaching and research portfolios for various types of academic positions, and respond to several audience questions regarding academic job practices within the U.S. context. Register >

The Academic Job Search / Follow-Up Session for International Students

Monday, March 9, 5:10-6:10 p.m. | 155 Blegen Hall

Domestic and international students face many of the same challenges when entering the academic job market. These common issues will be covered in the general session on "The Academic Job Search." However, international students may face some unique challenges when pursuing academic positions. In this follow-up session, we will discuss topics such as potential cultural barriers in the academic job search process and what international students need to know about their visa status. Register >

The Non-Academic Job Search

Monday, March 9, 5:10-6:40 p.m. | 350 Anderson Hall

Are you interested in a non-academic job, or just want to learn more about career options outside of academia? Fairly certain you'll end up in an academic job, but interested in knowing what alternatives exist and how your skills could transfer into a non-academic position? Regardless of what stage you're at in your graduate/professional career, this workshop will introduce you to strategies and tools to help you succeed in preparing for and succeeding in a non-academic career.

  • How do you determine what career path would be a good choice, and how do you land a position in the field of your choice?
  • What skills, talents, and passions have you developed as a graduate/professional student that could advance your non-academic career?
  • How do you communicate with potential employers about these skills and talents in ways that are meaningful to them?

In this workshop, we will focus on conducting a self-assessment to gain insight into your skills and interests, exploring career options and making plans, and building relationships for success in a non-academic career. Register >

The Non-Academic Job Search / Follow-Up Session for International Students

Monday, March 9, 6:40-7:40 p.m. | 155 Blegen Hall

Domestic and international students face many of the same challenges when pursuing non-academic careers. The main session on "The Non-Academic Job Search" will cover these common issues. However, international students may face some unique challenges when seeking non-academic jobs. In this workshop, we will discuss topics such as potential cultural barriers in the non-academic job search process and what international students need to know about their visa status. Register >

CV/Resume Building and Formatting for Academia and Industry

Tuesday, March 10, 4-6 p.m. | 330 Anderson Hall

No matter what kind of job you’re seeking after you finish your degree, you’re going to need a resume or CV that highlights your education, shows off your experience, and catches the attention of your future employer. Grad students and postdocs at all stages of their programs are invited to this two-hour workshop, where we’ll address questions such as:

  • When is it appropriate to use a resume rather than a CV? And vice versa? Do I need to create a different resume/CV for different types of jobs?
  • What's the best format: chronological or skills/functional? Should an electronic version of my CV/resume be formatted differently than a paper copy?
  • Is it more important to highlight what I’ve done, or what I’ve accomplished? What’s the difference?
  • Should I include a personal statement or objective? References? Forthcoming publications?
  • Should I include jobs I’ve had that aren’t related to the job I’m seeking?
  • Is it OK to use all caps in my resume/CV? What about italics? Bullet points? Should I spell out my degree, or use abbreviations? What type of paper should I use?

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Effective Interviewing for Academia and Industry

Wednesday, March 11, 3-5 p.m. | 10 Blegen Hall

Your CV/resume and cover letter may be fantastic, but effective interviewing skills are as – if not more – important. Interviews can be scary—especially when they include questions like the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself.” Grad students and postdocs at all stages of their programs are invited to this two-hour workshop, where we’ll address general interview preparation for both academic and non-academic job searches, and questions such as:

  • What are the differences between interviews for academic and non-academic jobs?
  • What questions are expected in these two types of interviews?
  • The question behind the question: What is the interviewer really looking for?
  • How do you answer tough interview questions – including illegal questions?
  • What questions should you ask the interviewers?
  • How and when should you follow up with the interviewers?

Register >

Effective Interviewing for Academia and Industry / Follow-Up Session for International Students

Wednesday, March 11, 5:10-6:10 p.m. | 155 Blegen Hall

Domestic and international students face many of the same challenges when interviewing for jobs in academia or industry. The main session on "Effective Interviewing for Academia and Industry" will cover these common issues. However, international students may face some unique challenges when in these interviews. In this workshop, we will discuss topics such as potential cultural barriers when preparing for interviews, attire, and questions about visa status. Register >

Developing and Delivering an Effective Elevator Speech

Thursday, March 12, 4-6 p.m.| 230 Anderson Hall

The “Elevator Pitch” is a 30-second introduction of your academic and professional interests, typically shared with individuals whom you wish to include in your network. It is an essential tool for articulating your goals and catching the attention of potential employers. This workshop will focus on developing and delivering the elevator pitch and tailoring to your audience. Students will practice writing/presenting in small groups. Register >