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Life After Grad School: Preparing For Careers


The Graduate Student Congress and the Graduate School are organizing a series of sessions titled Life After Grad School: Preparing for Careers, to be held next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (April 18-20). Session descriptions, times, and locations are given below. Sessions are open to students, staff, and faculty.

We ask that attendees please pre-register HERE for any of the following sessions:



Graduate Career Paths: Campus Resources and Initiatives
Monday, April 18th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
W. T. Young Library UK Athletics Association Auditorium (w/ refreshments in Gallery)
Come and learn about the array of career resources available to graduate students, as well as some of the new initiatives emerging within colleges and departments.  Following will be an open discussion of needs and ideas for strengthening a culture of career awareness and advising.  This session will be helpful to graduate students as well as faculty and staff who mentor and advise them.  (Led by the Graduate Student Congress.)

Preparing Future Faculty
Tuesday, April 19th, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Thomas Hunt Morgan Biology Building, Room 116
Hear from and interact with a panel of faculty from four types of institutions (research university, regional comprehensive university, private liberal arts college, and community college) about the varying distribution of effort (DOE) across teaching, research, and service.  Also learn tips about how to tailor letters of application appropriately and effectively to institutional types, what to expect in interviews, how to hit the ground running in the first year on the faculty job, and the timeline and expectations for tenure and promotion.  (Led by the Preparing Future Faculty Program's co-directors, Dr. Morris Grubbs and Dr. Linda Worley)

Talents Advertised: How to Sell Your TA Skills in the Non-Academic Job Market
Wednesday, April 20th, 11:00-12:30 p.m.
W. T. Young Library, Room B108C (w/ pizza)
As a graduate teaching assistant, you have mastered a number of dynamic skills that have made you an effective classroom instructor. But what you may not realize is that the same skills you have cultivated as a teaching assistant are transferrable to careers outside of academia. In this interactive workshop, we will identify transferable specific skills you have developed as a teaching assistant and discuss how you can best market these skills for post-academic careers.  (Led by Ashley Sorrell in The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, CELT.

Preparing Future Professionals
Wednesday, April 20th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Thomas Hunt Morgan Biology Building, Room 116
This session will explore careers beyond the faculty job path.  Information on the overall job market statics for PhDs both within and outside academic will be presented. Additionally, panelists will highlight several non-academic career paths  and discuss aspects of career development that have been critical in their success in non-faculty careers.  The concept of transferable skills and their importance to non-academic careers will be discussed.  (Led by the Graduate School's Preparing Future Professionals course instructor, Dr. Nathan Vanderford)

Events

Spring 2016 Meeting Dates

All graduate students are welcome to attend!

Meetings will be held on the following days in Lucille Little Fine Arts Library 302:

Monday February 1, 2016, 5:30PM
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 5:30PM
Monday, April 4, 2016, 5:30PM

Food and drink will be provided for board and representatives.

The next meeting will be held
next semester.


 


Professional Development Workshops:

GSC, the Graduate School, and a number of campus organizations often team up to offer workshops for graduate students. These workshops cover topics ranging from conflict resolution in the workplace to becoming a source of innovations for your future department, firm, or organization. Check here for upcoming workshops!

2016 Workshops

Life after Grad School: Preparing for Careers - REGISTER NOW

  • Graduate Career Paths: Campus Resources and Initiatives
    Monday, April 18th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
    W. T. Young Library UK Athletics Association Auditorium (w/ refreshments in Gallery)
  • Preparing Future Faculty
    Tuesday, April 19th, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
    Thomas Hunt Morgan Biology Building, Room 116
  • Talents Advertised: How to Sell Your TA Skills in the Non-Academic Job Market
    Wednesday, April 20th, 11:00-12:30 p.m.
    W. T. Young Library, Room B108C (w/ pizza)
  • Preparing Future Professionals
    Wednesday, April 20th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
    Thomas Hunt Morgan Biology Building, Room 116


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