Career Development

The "job talk" is perhaps the single most important thing you’ll do during an academic interview. On the basis of your presentation, you’ll be evaluated as a scholar, teacher and potential colleague.

Building Good Writing Skills

You’ve spent the last several years working toward your goal: the PhD. Once you have the degree in hand, you may be curious about career options beyond academe.

The topic about which you may know most may be the hardest one about which to write: yourself. The biggest hurdle to overcome is the nagging, uncomfortable feeling that saying nice things about yourself somehow oversteps the bounds of humility.

You may have heard this more than once as you prepared for graduate school: "It’s a job!" But it’s not that simple. Graduate school is more than a job. In graduate school you learn to be a professional in your field.

Faculty have many roles—researcher, teacher, mentor and colleague, to name just a few.

For many, attending academic conferences or conventions is an important part of your professional development. It’s an opportunity to learn about recent research, present your own paper or poster, and meet peers.

Social Networking has changed the way we communicate, not just with friends and acquaintances, but with colleagues and potential employers.

Whether you’ve just begun your graduate school career or are in your final semester coursework, odds are you’ve been thinking about your professional future and the impending job search.

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