Job Search Strategies 2015: A Systematic Process that Works

Student submits his resume to a recruiter at the Spring Career and Internship Fair.

February 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
1125 DeLuca Biochemistry Building

Searching for a professional position needs to be approached like undertaking a challenging project. Learn about the tools that can lead to success. It should be focused, organized, and disciplined – with weekly plans and accountability on your progress. Drawing from over 20 years helping thousands with job searches, Donna Beestman will share tips on crafting your resume, developing your talking points, creating an effective online presence, expanding your professional network, and interviewing. More »

Successful Interviewing

recent graduate Xuesong Wang talks with a representative from Allstate, an insurance company.

February 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Check TITU, Union South

You landed the interview. Congratulations. Now you have one chance to impress. There is much more to interviewing than being the most educated candidate or wearing the nicest suit. In this workshop you will learn the various types of interview questions, review a structure for crafting interview responses that illustrate your experiences, practice responding to interview questions in real time, and discuss effective nonverbal communication.

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Career Panel: Careers at Colleges and Universities Beyond the Tenure Track

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering students take part in the Fall Career Connection fair hosted by the Engineering Career Services at the Engineering Centers Building

April 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

This panel discussion will feature professionals with advanced degrees who enjoy satisfying careers in higher education beyond the tenure track. Panelists will describe their career paths and also address how they draw on the skills and experiences acquired in graduate school. More »

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Creating Your Individual Development Plan

February 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Wisconsin Idea Rm., Education Bldg.
March 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Union South (TITU)

Creating an individual development plan (IDP) encourages you to think about what you need to do next – and over the next year few years – so that you achieve your goals. We will discuss how to define achievable goals, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans. Participants will begin to create a personalized plan that takes into account career interests and addresses the development of knowledge and skills for professional growth. More »




The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students, PhDs, alumni, and postdoctoral fellows interested in exploring non-academic careers. The site can be accessed from any computer and is confidential. While many areas of the site are open to everyone, UW-Madison is a subscriber, which means that current students, faculty, staff and recent alumni get access to the high-quality PhD Career Finder of the Versatile PhD site. More »

Advice and news

February 11, 2015 – “From Grad School to ‘The Atlantic': How a history Ph.D. who was on the tenure-track market ended up in journalism”  The Chronicle of Higher Education

February 11, 2015 – “Career Resources for the Academic and Non-Academic Job Search”  Inside Higher Ed / GradHacker and MATRIX

February 10, 2015 – “Learning to Read an Alt-Ac Job Ad”  Vitae

February 5, 2015 – “Where Do English Ph.D.’s Get Jobs? It Depends on Where They Studied”   Vitae

January 28, 2014 – “Non-Academic Career Prep for STEM Grad Students”  Inside Higher Ed