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Summer 2018 career development training

The Career Development series 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.

Breaking through the noise: How to get graduate students to read your emails (online course)

Description: Learn strategies for writing impactful emails to promote your career programs and services. This online training will cover strategies to get students to open and take action on your emails, including how to write subject lines to hook your students’ attention and easily digestible body text with a clear call to action.  This training will be online.  Graduate program coordinators may choose to complete the training at any time that works best for them.

The online course is now closed. 

Program evaluation 101: Simple techniques to strengthen your programs for graduate students

Wednesday, July 11, 2018. |  11:00am-12:30pm presentation, 12:30pm-1:00pm networking & refreshments  |  259 Educational Sciences, 1025 W. Johnson St.

Presenter: Christine M. Pribbenow, Director for the LEAD* Center, Wisconsin Center for Education Research.  *Learning~Evaluation~Adaptation~Dissemination

Description: As graduate program coordinators, you plan many events in your work. You may also be working directly with students and want to know if what you’re doing is helping. This workshop will discuss program evaluation generally, and will discuss various tools that you can develop and use to assess if you are making a difference in your program.

View the video of this session.

Pribbenow video

Inclusive career advising:  Promoting the success of all graduate students 

Thursday, July 19, 2018  |  9:00am-3:00pm  |  253 Educational Sciences, 1025 W. Johnson St.

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

Description: The University of Wisconsin–Madison campus supports and encourages the creation of a welcoming, empowered, and inclusive community for all students.  Success is not only dependent on programming but also on our personal competence when it comes to working with diverse populations.

During this workshop participants will discuss ways to welcome, encourage, and support all graduate students and to work towards a landscape of opportunity.  Graduate Program Coordinators are in a key position to raise awareness and deliver services that result in a fair, just, and diverse program.  That includes becoming more self-aware of ourselves and our actions.  At the same time, we also need to be informed about the resources available on our campus to meet the needs. 

Specifically, we will talk about:

    • An understanding of our own cultural lens
    • Growing recognition of the need for context-sensitive career advising that acknowledges the impact of a student’s background on their academic and career behavior.
    • Better understanding of how these factors may result in differential and equally valuable academic and career experiences.
    • Resources available on the UW–Madison campus that can assist in creating a community that welcomes all populations in our graduate programs.

Untangling uncertainty: Helping graduate students develop their careers

Thursday, May 17, 2018 |  9:30am-10:00am networking & refreshments  |  10:00am-11:15am presentation  |  Memorial Union (TITU)

Presenters: Allison Lynch, Graduate Coordinator, Biophysics Program; Robyn Shanahan, Graduate Coordinator, English Department.  Allison and Robyn were the recipients of the 2017 grant from the Graduate School for the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) course.

Description: In this seminar, we will share tools and techniques learned during the Career Development Facilitator course that are helpful when facilitating conversations with students who need guidance. Many graduate students struggle with self-doubt and begin to question their decision to attend graduate school. “Do I belong here?” “Will there be a position for me at the end?” “How can I improve my chances of employment?” Become familiar with resources that will help answer their questions. Our goal for this seminar is to demonstrate how to have a productive series of conversations with graduate students that will lead them to make the best career development choices.

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Keywords:Summer 2018, career development training, Seminar Series, Graduate Coordinators, GSSS   Doc ID:81898
Owner:Alissa E.Group:Graduate School
Created:2018-04-25 12:11 CSTUpdated:2019-04-01 07:25 CST
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