Summer 2016 career development training ARCHIVE

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.

This webpage describes an optional track within the Graduate School Seminar Series, which 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


The Mighty Mock Interview: Boosting Your Graduate Students’ Real-world Success

Presenters: Mallory Musolf, Graduate Program Coordinator, Neuroscience Training Program; Charlene Walker, Director, School of Education Career Center

Description: Looking for a multi-tasking, high-impact career event?  Consider the mock interview.  Attend this presentation to learn about all the ways your graduate students can benefit when you host a mock interview day for them – from learning how to answer interview questions to getting feedback from employers to networking and maybe even landing a real job.  Presenters will share their experiences setting up the event, getting student volunteers, recruiting interviewers, scheduling interview slots, and more.  They’ll also cover how to help students prepare for a mock interview, as well as lessons they’ve learned along the way. 

Virtual Career Support for Graduate Students:  Standards, Strategies, and Resources

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

Description: As graduate program coordinators find their time stretched thin, some are attempting to create virtual career resources that serve as a primary portal to their career services.  Although we are experiencing a flood of technological innovations, it can be challenging to plan and implement virtual career services that meets the needs of students and staff without overwhelming those we serve.  During this workshop participants will learn about ways to welcome your students to a web site that is much more than an impersonal and unorganized listing of web addresses.  Specifically, the presenters will talk about: ways to provide career resources from a distance; commonly offered services; developing your resources; identifying staff competencies; and technological innovations that can assist.

Date: Monday, July 25, 2016 

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

Presenters: Eileen Callahan, Director, and Amy Fruchtman, Assistant Director, Graduate School Office of Professional Development

Description: Join fellow graduate program coordinators and Grad School staff for a facilitated conversation.  Share and learn about upcoming professional and career development events for grad students.  We'll also talk about the  Graduate School's new framework for professional development that is intended to help students identify and subsequently meet their professional development needs, which includes an interactive, web-based component that maps to opportunities on campus.  You'll come away excited to share this info with your graduate students and program faculty.

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

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

How Faculty* Can Help Ph.D. Students Who Don't Seek Or Get Academic Jobs 

Presenter: Anne Krook, Ph.D. (read Anne's bio here:

Description: In this talk, Anne Krook will discuss best practices at the graduate-school and department levels for helping graduate students who do not seek or do not get academic jobs navigate the non-academic job market. Simple, inexpensive tactics can make your students more confident about their ability to get non-academic employment and about their faculty's willingness to support them in that effort. This will be an informal talk with a lot of Q&A; notes with specific recommendations will be provided after the talk.

*Graduate program coordinators are encouraged to attend, along with faculty members!

Date: Monday, August 29

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Keywords:Summer 2015, career development training, Seminar Series, Graduate Coordinators, GSSS   Doc ID:62957
Owner:Alissa E.Group:VCRGE and Graduate School
Created:2016-04-25 15:31 CDTUpdated:2017-04-04 15:07 CDT
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