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Summer 2021 Virtual PhD Career Exploration Series

In partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement, Graduate Writing Place, Office of Fellowships, Searle Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning, and The Graduate School, Northwestern Career Advancement is facilitating an 8-part career exploration series this summer for PhD students and postdoctoral trainees via zoom. The first session kicks off on Wednesday, June 23 at 10:00 AM CDT

Designed as a career development course, participants at the conclusion of the series will be able to articulate their values and goals with respect to their career, will have an understanding of career tools and resources available through Northwestern, and an understanding of best practices related to networking and applying to non-academic positions. While it is not required to attend all sessions, it is strongly recommended, as the series builds competencies throughout the summer. We will conclude the series with a networking event, providing attendees with an opportunity to connect with professionals across different industries. Attendees will have access to a canvas for resource sharing and working groups throughout the series.

Series Sessions

Dates and topics for all 8 sessions are below. Every session is one hour long and begins at 10:00 AM CDT. Details on our final networking event will be shared later this summer.

  • 6/23 Session 1: Skills, Values, and Your Career
  • 6/30 Session 2: Reflection on Skills Development in Teaching
  • 7/7 Session 3: Reflection on Skills Development in Research
  • 7/14 Session 4: Job Search Resources and SMART Professional Goal Setting
  • 7/21 Session 5: Developing Professional Relationships On and Off-line
  • 7/28 Session 6: Best Practices in Resume Writing
  • 8/4 Session 7: Best Practices in Cover Letter Writing
  • 8/11 Session 8: Intro to Behavioral Interviewing

Registration via Handshake is required for all sessions to ensure a safe virtual space.

Categories: Broad Interest