Professional development

Professional Development

Your professional development matters! For graduate students, professional development involves any development activity used to build skills and knowledge beyond your formal graduate coursework—whether your plan is to be a faculty member, a bench scientist, a program manager, an accountant, an artist, an engineer, or a director of a non-profit.

Academic Skills
to be a successful graduate student
Professional Skills
to be a successful professional
in any career path
Teaching Skills
to communicate effectively
in classroom or boardroom

Professional development includes developing the skills and abilities to make you more effective in any career you choose. Skills like teamwork, conflict management, communication, time management, and leadership skills are essential in any profession, and you’ll need to acquire these skills to be successful, now and in the future.