12 October 2014

Future Proofing your PhD

On Friday, October 24th, the Graduate School Office of Professional Development will sponsor a “Future-Proofing Your PhD” workshop by Dr. Brenda Bethman, UMass alumna and Director of the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  In this workshop, Dr. Bethman will discuss alternate academic (‘alt-ac’) careers and provide participants with tips to secure employment in these positions. The workshop will kick off with a sit-down networking luncheon, which offers participants a valuable opportunity to connect with campus alt-ac professionals.

Space is limited and registration is required: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AltAcOct24

Additional details are provided below.  Biosketches of the alt-ac professionals participating in the luncheon can be viewed here:  http://bit.ly/AltAcOct24 

Future-Proofing Your PhD Workshop

Friday, October 24, 2014 - Campus Center Amherst Room (10th floor)

1:00 – 2:00pm:  Optional lunch

2:00 – 5:00pm:  Workshop

Workshop Description:  2:00 – 5:00pm

This highly interactive session provides concrete and immediate assistance for graduate students in any discipline wishing to leverage skills developed during doctoral training to land a job that is both fulfilling and full­-time without leaving the academy. Dr. Bethman will stress how participants can think about their Ph.D. training in ways that prepare them for a broad range of jobs within the larger university environment.  Participants should leave this workshop with:

·         a written list of their present (and/or future) academic job skills that can help land them employment in a variety of positions in higher education;

·         a set of concrete strategies for ensuring that the completion of their graduate training will provide them with multiple career options;

·        an applied understanding of the differences between administrative and research/teaching positions;

·        a greater awareness of the broad range of employment offerings available to graduate students and alumni/ae;

·        a greater awareness of the language used in applying for non-teaching academic positions.

Networking Luncheon:  1:00 – 2:00pm

To kick off the workshop, we are sponsoring a complimentary sit-down luncheon with a network of alt-ac professionals here on campus.  These professionals enjoy rewarding careers in higher education and are happy to share their experiences with graduate students who are contemplating their own career paths.  During this luncheon, at least one professional will be seated at each table to facilitate interactive and informal discussion with participants.