Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Grad & Prof Education Assembly

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union

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Employment that requires post-baccalaureate education is projected to grow by 18% for master’s degrees and 16% for doctoral or professional degrees from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Data from one recent report indicate that about half of today’s doctorate recipients found initial employment in non-academic jobs in industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.  In science, engineering or health-related fields, that proportion is even higher.

What can the University do to help ensure that our graduate students take full advantage of all the career options that are available to them?

Join faculty, graduate students, postdocs, employers, and academic and professional development staff at this year’s Graduate and Professional Education Assembly for a University-wide conversation about career pathways for graduate students.

Questions to be considered will include:

  • Are graduate students leaving with the right skill sets to succeed in non-academic positions?
  • Are they aware of the full range of non-academic careers that might be appropriate for them?
  • Where do graduate students turn for career guidance?
  • How can faculty make alternative career options more transparent for graduate students?
  • How can students more effectively prepare for the non-academic careers many seek?

Dr. Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools, will open the conversation by providing a national perspective on the issues, and panelists will provide insights from their experience as area employers, University faculty members, graduate students and alumni.

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