Converting Your CV to a Resume

February 2 @ 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and the Writing Center.

Have you spent your life in academia and now wish to enter the workplace but have no idea how to explain your experiences? Or, are you working in academia and have been so busy with your research and school that you have no time to convert your CV to a résumé for a new job? This workshop will give you the chance to create the perfect professional you on paper so you can be ready when that next great opportunity arises. Register here »

Creating an Individual Development Plan

February 17 @ 4:30 – 6:00pm
159 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and Delta.

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. Register here »

Job Search Strategies 2016: A Systematic Process that Works

March 8 @ 5:00 – 6:30pm
Union South, Check TITU

Searching for a professional position needs to be approached like undertaking a very challenging project. Learn about the process, tools, steps that can lead to success with this critical project. It should be focused, organized, and disciplined – with weekly plans and accountability on your progress. 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. Register here »

Interviewing Skills (or the Art of Closing a Deal)

March 10 @ 12:00 – 1:30 pm
1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Auditorium

This workshop will address key elements of the interview process for graduate students seeking employment outside of the academy. We’ll share tips and ideas to consider as you prepare for interviews, and we’ll discuss and practice strategies for answering typical questions. Register here »

Design Thinking Your Career

March 18 @ 2:00 – 4:00pm
2257 Helen C. White

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and UW DesignLab.

How might you turn an idea or passion into a service, an app, or a social movement? How to use your specialized training to problem-solve far from discipline? Design thinking is an interdisciplinary method used to address complex organizational and social challenges. This workshop will introduce graduate students to design thinking and explore its potential for both academic and non-academic careers.

Careers at Colleges and Universities Beyond the Tenure Track

April 12 @ 4:00 – 5:30 pm
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 »

The Versatile PhD


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 »

Versatile PhD Online Career Panels

Throughout the semester, 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!

January 25-29: Careers in Business for Humanities and Social Science PhDs
Several humanities or social science PhDs currently making an impact in some of those particularly interesting roles – such as Communications, Sales Strategy, Learning & Development, and Business Development – will join us for the entire week to answer your questions. They work in a wide variety of large businesses.

February 22-26: Careers in Software Engineering for STEM PhDs

March 14-18: Careers in Technical Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences PhDs More »

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