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Summer 2017 career development training

The Graduate School offers training and development opportunities for graduate program coordinators on the topics of recruitment, admissions, fellowships, academic services and policies, ewarrants, and more.

The Career Development series, part of the Graduate School Seminars for Programs (GSSP), provides the opportunity to build a basic understanding of career development theory and practices and explore how you might apply these in your program.  You're invited to attend as many or as few of these optional events as you'd like. 


The purpose of this series is to increase graduate students’ access to career planning expertise at the program level, by building basic career development knowledge and referral skills in graduate program coordinators.  The intent is not to train graduate program coordinators as career services professionals; rather, through active participation, graduate program coordinators will build knowledge and skills that allow them to have career-related conversations and provide referrals for graduate students considering careers outside of the academy.  This series is optional for graduate program coordinators.


Graduate coordinators who take full advantage of the series and supplemental resources will gain knowledge about career development theory, practice, and related tools; learn helping skills and develop confidence having career conversations with graduate students; and apply knowledge and skills at the program level.  More specifically, they will demonstrate the following:

  1. Be conversant in the career needs of graduate students, particularly those in their academic discipline, who are considering careers beyond the tenure track
  2. Present to graduate students potential career options, based on career outcomes of graduate alumni from their program or graduate students in related disciplines more broadly
  3. Facilitate conversations with graduate students about non-academic career paths by utilizing helping/interviewing skills
  4. Convey information about career resources available to graduate students in their programs, e.g. resources offered by the program, by school or college, off-campus, etc.
  5. Convey information about professional and career development opportunities for graduate students offered by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and its partners
  6. Share practices within their peer group


What’s in Store for Fall?  Opportunities for Your Graduate Students

Presenters: Eileen Callahan, Director, Graduate School Office of Professional Development; Alissa Ewer, Assistant Dean, Graduate School Office of Professional Development

Description: This informational session offers graduate program coordinators an overview of resources and events from the Graduate School and collaborators, including info about:
    • fall semester professional and career development events for graduate students;
    • online resources including DiscoverPD, Versatile PhD, and (NEW!) ImaginePhD;
    • Badger Bridge, an online professional networking platform for UW-Madison alumni; and
    • a grant for your department to host professional development events for graduate students.
Plus, you’ll have a chance to share with fellow graduate program coordinators programs that you are planning for the upcoming year.  You will come away excited to share this info with your graduate students and program faculty.

The session will be offered twice in August.  The same content will be covered at each meeting, so no need to attend both.

Session 1: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm; Bascom Hall Room 260, 500 Lincoln Drive
Session 2: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 8:30am - 9:30am; Signe Skott Cooper Hall Room 2305, 701 Highland Avenue  

Joint Information Session: DIP and DiscoverPD

Presenters: Torsheika Maddox, Administrative Project Manager & Researcher, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement; Alissa Ewer, Assistant Dean, Graduate School Office of Professional Development

Description: This information session introduced participants to two campus-wide initiatives, the Diversity Inventory Program (DIP), which provides new opportunities for sharing information and promoting collaborations within each unit and across campus, as well as DiscoverPD, which offers a framework of graduate student professional development and database of opportunities and resources.

The Diversity Inventory Program (DIP) is a searchable online database of UW–Madison diversity programs, activities, resources and research.  As the direct fulfillment of Initiative 8 of the Diversity Framework, DIP is designed to help improve coordination, planning, and the visibility of activities at the university that focus on diversity, inclusion and climate

DiscoverPD supports UW-Madison graduate students in advancing their academic and professional goals.  Nine areas of professional development are mapped to a multitude of skill building opportunities.  Graduate students complete a self-assessment and receive a customized report of areas of strength and weakness, accompanied by recommended opportunities in each area.  The DiscoverPD database is searchable by topic, time commitment, and activity type and modality.

Date/time: Monday, June 5, 2017, 10:30am-12:00pm

Location: Room 187, Bascom Hall

Untangling Immigration and Academics: What Does it Mean to Maintain Status for International Graduate Students?

Presenters: Tetyana Schneider, Student Advisement Center Coordinator, International Student Services; Tina Hatch, Assistant Director, International Student Services

Description: In addition to many responsibilities in academics and research, international students are responsible for maintaining their F-1 or J-1 status.  Presenters explained the nuances of maintaining F-1 and J-1 status for international graduate students.  They provided guidance on how students apply for extensions of their I-20 or DS-2019, change of level, reduced course load, and curriculum practical training (CPT) and the role that academic/graduate advisors play in this process.  Presenters also introduced new paper and online forms used for these services and answer questions. 

Date/time: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street

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Career-style Interview: How to Start the Conversation

Presenters: Alan Turnquist, Graduate Coordinator, Agroecology MS Program; Shawn Ramer, Graduate Coordinator, Department of French and Italian

Description: Participants learned about a specific tool for starting conversations about career and life goals from two Grad Coordinators who completed the Career Development Facilitator Training last summer.  The session provided some background on theory, but focused on hands on application and discussion of a “career-style interview.”  This style of interview draws out life narratives and key components of identity that serve as an excellent ice breaker or starting point to a conversation about career goals and individual priorities.

Date/time: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location:  Taylor-Hibbord Seminar Room, Room 103 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch Street

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Acing the Interview: How to Coach Your Graduate Students for Job Search Success

Presenter: Judy Ettinger, Senior Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Center on Education and Work

Description: Although the graduates of your program will likely have excellent credentials, they will also need to know how to perform successfully in a job interview as they transition from graduate school into their chosen career. It is often the role of the graduate program coordinators to help students compete effectively in these interviews.  

During this workshop participants learned ways to coach and support students.  Specifically, we talked about:
  • the role that you can play as a coach during preparations for the interview process,
  • communication skills that are helpful when coaching,
  • interviewing tips that are useful regardless of the job one is applying for, and
  • ways to put together a program in your department to provide these services to your students.
Participants also had an opportunity to practice:
  • identifying strengths and shortcomings in a simulated job interview and
  • ways to prepare for specific interview questions.
Date/time: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Location: Educational Sciences Room 253, 1025 W. Johnson St.  

Preparing Graduate Students for Careers Outside of the Tenure Track: How to Host Career Exploration Panels

Presenters: Andy Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies
Featuring: Brian Hamilton, Graduate Program Project Assistant, Department of History; Kristin Cooper, Program Coordinator, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Training Program

Description: Whether by choice or necessity, many graduates of your program will enter careers outside of academia. Given this reality, how can graduate program coordinators help to prepare their graduate students for careers outside of the tenure track? During this workshop participants will learn how to host big impact, no-cost Career Exploration Panels, which bring together a panel of alumni from your graduate program to discuss non-academic careers based on their personal experiences. You will be presented with different models for hosting such a panel, as well as promising practices and resources, all based on the experiences of three graduate programs in different divisions that participated in a pilot program to create such a panel in Spring 2017.

Date/time: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Location: Room 6201, Microbial Sciences, 1550 Linden Drive

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Keywords:Summer 2017, career development training, Seminar Series, Graduate Coordinators, GSSS   Doc ID:72321
Owner:Alissa E.Group:Graduate School
Created:2017-04-04 15:21 CSTUpdated:2018-07-03 15:19 CST
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