In case you didn't know, there are many professional development opportunities available to graduate students. Here we have gathered together resources brought to you by the GSA, others that are offered by various university organizations, and still more at the department level.

The GSA Presents

This year, the GSA has three projects underway for you: a professional development mini-series offered with the expertise and resources of Career Services, monthly Ethics Seminars (food provided), and alumni networking opportunities.

Professional development mini-series

You asked for more workshops; here they are. We are coordinating four progressive events with Career Services. We want to help ensure your applications and professional resources develop in a timely manner throughout the year. Whether you are looking at academia, industry, or just looking around, we?ve got plans to please everyone.

Fall 2010


Wednesday, September 15 - 1-2 pm, City Campus Union
Professional Development: Writing a CV. Event flyer.

November - TBA, City Campus Union
Professional Development: Writing Teaching/Research Statements

Spring 2011


Tuesday, March 1 - 3:30 pm, City Campus Union
Professional Development: Interviewing for Non-Academic Positions. Not sure what you want to do with your degree? Are you thinking that your career may lie outside of academia? Please RSVP at our Facebook page. Flyer

April - TBA, City Campus Union Professional Development: Gearing up for next year

Brown Bag Ethics Seminars


In conjuction with the Center for the Applied Teaching of Ethics, the GSA co-hosts monthly brown bag lunches for any graduate student interested in talking about ethical issues. These discussions, pertinent to the graduate experience, focus on interesting topics suggested by you and your peers. Feel free to submit a topic for the next lunch!

Join us the last Monday of each month, but don't forget to RSVP for free food. For more information, see our events page.


Alumni Networking

The GSA is currently working with the Alumni Association to create a database of current graduate student alumni and their current jobs.
Once this database is established, current graduate students will be able to find out whether an alumni can help them find their dream job.

University-wide Opportunities

Office of Graduate Studies Resources for Student Development

opm Graduate Studies offers some great resources for graduate students, including:
They also offer several developmental programs such as and a whole lot more . . . obm

Career Services Resources for Student Development

Career Services has a lot of experience in helping Huskers find jobs. They offer tips on preparing resumes and cover letters as well as gathering references. Gather feed back on these and other career-specific application materials including Research Statements, Teaching Philosophies, and Portfolios. If you are unsure about what you need, skills assesments and career counseling are available.


The Husker Hire Link is one of several job listings resources available through Career Services, connecting students to jobs on- and off-campus, internships around the world, and employers coming to interview students on-campus.

In addition to general networking and interview guidance, they even provide an opportunity to participate in and get feedback from mock interviews from internal and external employers.

If you can't find what you're looking for, you may also want to

  • check out the career fairs and other events to talk with representatives from hundreds of employers.
  • attend one of many annual workshops.
  • request a presentation for your class or organization on a topic of your choice.

Simply stop by for a 20-minute walk-in weekdays 10-4 (Summer 10-12, 1-3), visit their website, or make an appointment with them, today!


Information Services Instructional Technology Resources for Student Development

stt Wish you were more computer savvy? Now you can be, thanks to student technology training! Your Student Tech Fees allow Information Services to provide hands on workshopsfor beginners and up. Each series focuses on develop a functional familiarity, then moving on to technological skills in specialized programs which, in the past, have included:
  • Adobe Suite
  • Illustrator
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Suite
  • Dreamweaver and html coding
  • and more . . . (see their website for more details)

Departmental Opportunities

Each department has its own set of professional development opportunities available to graduate students. Students can talk to their advisor or graduate chair for help with applications and the job search process. Some departments have more established programs for professional development.

For example, the Mathematics Department has seminars every spring on Professional Development and every fall on the job search process.

Feel free to contact the LA representative from a particular department to find out more information on the resources available in their department and how you can start them in your own department! Please contact us to have your department's resources posted here.