Job Search Strategies: A Systematic Process That Works

February 7 @ 4:00 – 6:30pm
1125 DeLuca Biochemistry Building

Searching for a professional position needs to be approached like undertaking a very challenging project. Drawing from over 20 years helping thousands of professionals and executives with job searches, Donna Beestman will share tips on crafting your resume and other marketing documents, developing your verbal talking points, creating an effective online presence, expanding your professional network, and preparing for interviewing. All graduate students welcome. Register here »

CV to Résumé

February 15 @ 2:30 – 4:00pm
6191 Helen C. White Hall

You’ve worked hard to craft an impressive CV, only to realize that it is particular to the academic job market. If you want a job outside of academia, you will need to convert your CV to a résumé. Learn how in this 90-minute workshop, co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and the Writing Center. Register here »

Careers in Academia Beyond the Tenure Track

March 9 @ 4:00 – 5:30pm
159 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. Register here »

First Steps to Building a Personal Brand

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

Everyone knows what a brand is. It’s a buzzword thrown around a lot in career and job search conversations. 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 personal brand. We will also cover ways to start establishing your brand online. Register here »

The Versatile PhD


The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students, Ph.D.s, 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 »

The Versatile PhD Online Career Panels

Throughout the semester, The Versatile PhD hosts several free, web-based asynchronous panel discussions on career fields outside of academia. These are conducted in a threaded discussion board format; you are free to participate anytime during the week or access archived content after each panel. Mark your calendars!

February 6-10: STEM Ph.D.s in Conservation

March 6-10: Humanities/Social Science Ph.D.s in Think Tanks

April 3-7: STEM Ph.D.s in Think Tanks

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