Prepare for your Professional Future

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Enroll in a doctoral level practicum to inform career option strategies for best fit and impact.

GRAD 9110 Professional Career Foundations

Practical tips to focus a job search, develop strategies to identify a meaningful career and empower you to make an impact. Through discussions, immersive activities and professional networking, participants will hone communication of their strengths and fit to employers’ needs to set themselves apart as top candidates.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants should:

  • Feel empowered to actively imagine and chart several professional paths beyond the university
  • Describe pros and cons of several career options and potential match
  • Have increased confidence to reach out to professionals, ask for advice, and build connections

Grading Basis: S/U satisfactory/unsatisfactory
Credit: 1
Instructor: Susi Varvayanis
Meeting times: 7 week session Tuesdays 10am-12pm
Eligibility: Doctoral students in any graduate field, by permission of instructor, priority given to 2nd or 3rd year doctoral students; open to any year, including postdoctoral scholars, by permission of instructor
Limit: 10-12 participants; not repeatable for credit

Course objectives:

  • Broaden awareness of career options
  • Increase contact with a full range of potential career opportunities and network of professionals
  • Enable participants to articulate skills and strengths from their doctoral training that prepare them for various contexts
  • Hands-on team and personalized activities: through workshops, reflections, discussion, interviews, written summaries, projects, and potential site visits (if travel is allowed)