Free career- and skill-building memberships

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UW–Madison graduate students have access to a variety of free memberships and tools to build their skills, explore career options, and more.

Whether you want on-demand information, live webinars, or both, these platforms are a great way to take charge of your professional and career development during graduate school. They also can complement the career services for graduate students that may be available in your school or college.

Many of these resources are available to anyone with a UW–Madison NetID.

Beyond Grad School

Beyond Graduate School

Career exploration and job search strategies for:

  • Master’s students
  • All disciplines

Log in to Beyond Graduate School

Beyond Graduate School is a one-of-a-kind online career training platform for master’s students. The platform provides on-demand, self-paced learning modules that allow master’s students to explore career options and learn proven job search strategies to secure employment after graduation. Beyond Grad School also hosts a video library where students can hear from master’s degree holders working in all career sectors. The Graduate School Office of Professional Development sponsors UW–Madison’s membership with Beyond Graduate School.

Beyond Graduate School benefits master’s students by:

  • supporting career exploration and building job search skills
  • providing proven job search strategies so students can leverage their education into professional careers of their choice
  • providing accessible, well-curated resources for busy master’s students
  • complementing existing on-campus graduate student career supports
  • offering recorded seminars, workbooks, and a one-of-a-kind informational interview library where students can learn from other master’s degree holders

To log in, visit Beyond Graduate School, select University of Wisconsin-Madison, and enter your NetID and password.

Handshake

Handshake logo

Job searching for:

  • Graduate students
  • All disciplines

Log in to Handshake

With Handshake you can:

  • Browse and register for career events on campus
  • Explore thousands of jobs and internships from over 300,000 employers nationwide
  • Get personalized job recommendations based on your degree program, interests, and more
  • Manage your own campus interviews with top employers

Join UW on Handshake! Here are the steps to get started:

  1. Read the Student Terms of Use.
  2. Go to MyUW
  3. Add the Handshake app to your homepage
  4. Launch to the app and start exploring!

We’ve preloaded your profile to get you started. Please note that your profile’s default setting is set to “hidden.” Employers, alumni, and students won’t be able to see anything until you choose to unhide it.

Beyond the Professoriate PhD Career Training Platform

Beyond the Professoriate

Career exploration and job search strategies for:

  • PhD students
  • Postdocs
  • Academic and non-academic careers
  • All disciplines

Log in to Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate’s Career Training Platform helps graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs successfully transition into academic or nonacademic careers.

Through two programs of study on Academic Careers and Professional Careers, graduate students and postdocs can explore career options and learn job search strategies to secure employment in academia and beyond. The Graduate School Office of Professional Development sponsors UW–Madison’s membership with Beyond the Professoriate.

Beyond the Professoriate’s Career Training Platform benefits grad students by:

  • Supporting career exploration
  • Providing accessible, well-curated resources for busy graduate students
  • Promoting engaging learning through reflective activities that encourage students to apply what they’ve learned
  • Complementing existing on-campus graduate student career supports
  • Offering recorded seminars, reflective prompts, and assessments that guide the student experience and foster user engagement

To log in visit Beyond Prof’s Career Training Platform, select University of Wisconsin-Madison, and enter your NetID and password.

ImaginePhD

Imagine PhD

Career exploration and planning for:

  • PhD students
  • Postdocs
  • Non-academic careers
  • Humanities and social sciences

Explore ImaginePhD

ImaginePhD is an online career exploration and planning tool for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

ImaginePhD is designed to bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities by allowing users to:

  • assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • create self-defined goals
  • map out their next steps for career and professional development success

The website includes on-demand assessments, job families to explore, and a place to create your own Individual Development Plan (IDP).

The Graduate Career Consortium developed ImaginePhD with the support of UW–Madison and other institutions.

Start exploring careers in ImaginePhD.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)

CIRTL Network Logo - Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

Skill-building for:

  • Graduate students
  • Faculty and staff
  • Future faculty positions
  • All disciplines (STEM-focused)

Log in to CIRTL

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) seeks to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. UW–Madison was one of six founding members of the CIRTL network, which now includes more than 40 research universities across the U.S. and Canada.

Engage with CIRTL’s courses, workshops, and learning communities and explore other resources at cirtl.net.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning

Skill-building for:

  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs
  • Faculty and staff
  • All disciplines

Log in to LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers a full library of self-study courses available anytime, covering topics such as software, programming, productivity, design, project management, public speaking, and more. Different courses are geared toward all levels of experience from beginner to expert and can be completed at each learner’s own pace.

Log in to LinkedIn Learning with your NetID to access the full range of courses.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

National Postdoctoral Association

Skill-building and career exploration for:

  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs

Sign in to the National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) supports the postdoc experience, facilitating professional development and collaboration among the postdoc community. The UW–Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies supports a membership to the NPA so that postdocs and graduate students can join the NPA for free. NPA resources and events, such as the SmartSkills series, are available for graduate students and postdocs (or future postdocs) alike to leverage.

Join the National Postdoctoral Association as an affiliate member through UW–Madison’s institutional subscription.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Skill-building for:

  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs
  • Faculty
  • Academic careers
  • All disciplines

Log in to NCFDD

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. It provides online career development and mentoring resources in a ready-to-access format that you can view anytime.

Starting with a core curriculum, NCFDD offers insight into foundational skills such as planning each semester, developing a daily writing practice, cultivating a network of mentors and collaborators, and managing stress and rejection.

Members can sign up to participate in online events including webinars, bootcamps, multi-week courses, and structured writing challenges. Plus, the NCFDD Discussion Forums offer a place to connect with others to seek or share advice.

Create an account to take advantage of expert webinars, writing challenges, the “Monday Motivator” e-newsletter and more.

Once you sign up through UW–Madison’s institutional membership, sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, you will have access to the full range of resources, trainings, and courses available through NCFDD.

Sign up for an NCFDD account through UW–Madison’s institutional membership.