Master's and PhD Career Development Week

March 26-29, 2018

The Master's and PhD Career Development Week is designed for both people who have only now begun to think about life after graduation and for those who have been preparing to go on the job market since day one. During this week you'll learn: how to explore a variety of career options, key techniques for getting your application noticed, the best interviewing strategies, and more. Dedicated exclusively to graduate student and postdoctoral career and professional development, this week will feature workshops, guest speakers, and networking opportunities with employers to help you plan for a successful job search.

Please check back for more updates on the 2018 Career Development Week.

Here's what graduate students and postdocs said about the 2017 Career Development Week:

"The Career Development Week on the whole was very beneficial."

"I liked that the ["What Can I Do with a Master's or PhD?"] panelists had a variety of backgrounds."

"The Career Week was a great experience and tremendously helpful to me as well as other grad students."

"This event truly is improving the graduate experience here at UC San Diego!"

2018 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ***Subject to Change***

Monday, March 26

Explore Career Options With ImaginePhD |

This workshop is designed to help attendees utilize the ImaginePhD resource to connect their unique strengths and value system to career trajectories, identify concrete PhD career paths, discuss ways to “decode” jobs and jobs announcements, and identify starting points..

Matching Your Strengths and Values to a Career |

Modern employers are searching for candidates who have both the necessary skills and a high degree of self-awareness. This workshop will help attendees develop that job-winning level of self-awareness through assessments like the Clifton Strengths Finder, which was developed by the Gallup organization through over a decade of research. Attendees will learn to identify how their talents have shaped their lives leading up to this point and how that knowledge can now guide them in not only finding a career that matches their skills, but also their values.

***Attendees will need to take assessments, TBA, prior to attending this workshop***

Career Info Sessions |

A series of short Q&A sessions on a multitude of career fields, run by UC San Diego graduate school or post-doctoral alumni.

***Speakers & Topics TBA***

grAdvantage Career Night Panel: "What Can I Do with a Master's or PhD?" | 5-7pm

Come learn from PhDs who have already made the transition from academia to careers beyond the tenure track about how they successfully navigated such a change.

***Speakers TBA***

Tuesday, March 27

Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter | 10-11:30am

Get your resume seen and your cover letter read: come find out the best strategies for hooking the interest of hiring managers.

Resume Lab | 11:30am-12:30pm

Want to tap into expert advice as you craft your resume? This lab provides space for you to work on your application documents along side advisors who can offer guidance as you need it. And, when your resume is ready, experienced reviewers are ready to take a look at it and offer further insights.

Business Writing Etiquette  |

Impact is greater than intent: this workshop will aid attendees avoid the faux pas that prevent competent candidates from receiving due consideration, and help them ensure that their business communications are received in the same light that they are sent.

Wednesday, March 28

Preparing for the Non-Academic Interview, Part 1: Strategies and Resources | 9-10:30am

Come learn about effective techniques and strategies that will allow you to create a meaningful and comfortable dialogue during the interview. We will focus on concrete tools and examples to help you be successful.

Preparing for the Non-Academic Interview, Part 2: Mock Interviews | 10:30am-12pm

Observe a mock interview with Ali Crawford, Senior Scientist and hiring manager at Illumina, interviewing candidates and providing feedback on the interviews. You will have the chance to ask probing questions to figure out how you can adopt helpful strategies and avoid interviewing pitfalls.

If you would like to participate as a mock interviewee to gain valuable practice and feedback on your interviewing skills, apply today! Email your resume and a one-page cover letter explaining what type of position you are interested in applying for in industry and why you should be chosen for a mock interview with an industry professional to by noon on Friday, March 9.

Job Offer Negotiation & Communication Strategies | 1-2:30pm

This workshop will present practical tips to prepare and practice for negotiating a job offer, including gathering information on salaries and analyzing your communication style. We will perform an example role play and then break the group into pairs/smaller groups to practice negotiation skills.

Thursday, March 29

Networking |

Networking is the most important part of your job search: we'll discuss and practice strategies for making this more effective and enjoyable.

Dealing with Social Anxiety While Networking |

Talking to strangers in your profession is a different world from conducting research in your academic discipline. This workshop will assist attendees in developing effective strategies for overcoming social anxiety and discovering this whole new world.

Networking Mixer with Employers and Alumni | 4-6pm

Come network with alumni and representatives from companies in a variety of industries. Put into practice the things you have learned during the Career Development Week and make the connections you need to successfully start your career.

*Event details subject to change; please check back for updates and more information

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