THE HUMANITIES AT WORK: ACADEMIC SKILLS IN NON-ACADEMIC SETTINGS
February 5 @ 11:00am-12:30pm
Memorial Union (TITU)
In this session, Dr. Anne Krook reviewed some of the most useful skills humanities graduate students and postdocs bring to workplaces, discussed academic experiences that are comparable to those in non-academic workplaces, and how graduate students can best highlight those skills and experiences to employers.
February 5 @ 3:30-5:30pm
1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Auditorium
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.
A video of Dr. Krook's talk is available on our YouTube channel. Click the title above to view it.
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS: EXPLORING CAREER PATHS
February 13 @ 3:30pm-5:00pm
159 Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
One of the best parts of graduate-level education is that you gain a high level of specialization in your field. However, this can lead to a limited view of your career possibilities. Informational interviews are a great way to both learn more about the career you want and to discover different career paths. In this workshop, we demonstrated how to find and approach potential contacts to interview, provided strategies on preparing for interviews, and offered tips for making a positive and lasting impression.
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.
Versatile PhD’s 2017-18 event schedule will consist of four extended Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions with PhD career experts. Rather than the more common rapid-fire AMAs, each of these events will be active for three days, plenty of time for a wide range of questions, answers, and follow-up.
The Versatile PhD AMA April 17-19 features:
Thi Nguyen (Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School)
Fatimah Williams Castro (Beyond the Tenure Track)
Dr. Castro (Cultural Anthropology, 2011) and Dr. Nguyen (Neuroscience, 2010) help PhDs plan and launch successful careers – Nguyen as a graduate career advisor and associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis, and Castro as speaker and career coach to PhDs.
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