August 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Humanities Building, Room 3650 Whether you’re considering an academic or non-academic career after grad school, you want to find a place where you’ll be happy. Matching your personality to an organization’s culture is a key factor in workplace happiness. In this workshop you’ll assess your workplace personality and match it against various environments to see what kind of orgs are compatible. Reception to follow. Before the workshop go to www.dougsguides.com/personality, take the assessment and bring the results.
September 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Genetics-Biotech Center, Room 1111 Everyone knows what a brand is. Nike, Pepsi, Disney, Apple. This buzzword is getting thrown around a lot in career and job search conversations. Why should you care? Your potential employers are googling you and making decisions with the content they receive before you sit in the interview chair. You have the ability to manage your reputation both online and offline. Come to this workshop prepared to engage in individual and small group exercises to help you develop a 5 word personal brand. We will also cover ways to start establishing your brand online.
September 22 @ 12:00 pm -1:00 pm Union South TITU The PMF is the Federal Government’s flagship leadership program. Only available to graduate students, it’s considered the best way to enter and quickly advance within Federal Service. Students enter an accelerated promotion path and are mentored to become the next generation of agency leaders. This workshop will demystify the application process and provide support to those interested in a public service career.
October 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Union South TITU As a postdoc or Ph.D. candidate you develop skills that are important for your career development and will be useful whether you stay in academia or pursue other careers. These “transferable skills” that you acquire can be used in many different types of jobs and are valued by employers. In this session, you will have the opportunity to identify these skills, discover career fields that are a good fit for your skills, and learn tips for presenting your skills to potential employers.
October 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Union South TITU Sponsored by the UW-Madison Graduate School Office of Professional Development and Madison Magnet Your presence on LinkedIn is one of your most powerful assets—a central component to your branding as you prepare yourself to land your ideal position or market your company. Just being on LinkedIn is not enough. To get attention and results from this essential social media platform, you need to optimize your profile and become an advanced user. In this presentation, you will gain skills and knowledge from Brenda Bernstein, best-selling author of How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile, that will build your power on LinkedIn.
November 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Location TBA This panel discussion, featuring hiring managers and recruiters from industry and government, will provide tips, advice and insights into what they look for when they visit your LinkedIn profile. You will also gain valuable information on how to maximize the potential of your LinkedIn profile for networking and during the hiring process. Come prepared with questions!
October 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Union South (TITU) October 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Education Building Room 159 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.
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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