Earning your PhD opens up many rewarding research-related career paths beyond the traditional tenure track. At this event, panelists will share their experience choosing and pursuing their particular paths that support the university’s research mission. Panelists will delve into why they chose their careers, how they draw on skills learned in their graduate training, and why current graduate students might consider these careers. Click the title to view a video of the panel.
Graduate students joined guest speaker Dr. Anne Krook for this two-hour session where they learned how non-academic employers think about graduate students as potential employees, how to get ready for the non-academic job market while still in graduate school, and how to conduct a job search. Click the title above to view a video of Dr. Krook's presentation.
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 shared tips for graduate students on crafting a resume and other marketing documents, developing verbal talking points, creating an effective online presence, expanding a professional network, and preparing for interviewing. Click the title above to view a video of this presentation.
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.
New this fall, VersatilePhD offers "Options for Success", a career discovery course that helps identify viable career paths and transferable skills, and manages the transition to professional placement. The course consists of six online modules that offer guidance toward success in the professional job market. This course can help students identify strengths, understand options, identify interests, market talents and skills, build a network, and improve job readiness. To access the course, log in to VersatilePhD through the UW-Madison Institutional Membership bridge.
Sampling of past events in this series
When possible, the Graduate School Office of Professional Development video records professional development events and posts them to our YouTube Channel. Below are two examples from the Beyond the Tenure Track series.
Job Search Strategies 2017
Presented by Donna Beestman
Presented by Kristina Vack