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Career Development Workshops

Our workshops will help you SUCCEED, EXPLORE, SEARCH, and CONNECT at every stage of your graduate career. See this calendar for full descriptions of our programs.

(Note: Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to register to attend our workshops.)

SUCCEED: Get the Tools You Need to Achieve Your Goals


Make plans to succeed in graduate school

Thursday, February 9 |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  405 Illini Union

Learn More About GradMAP


Resolving Conflict

Get tools that will help you resolve conflict in grad school and beyond

Thursday, February 23 |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


Getting the Most out of an Academic Conference

Make an impact and connections that count at your next conference

Thursday, March 2  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


Business Skills for Science Grad Students

Learn useful skills from business that will help you succeed

NOTE: This event has been cancelled for Spring 2017 and will be offered again in Summer or Fall.



Make plans to succeed in graduate school

Tuesday, April 4  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  304 Coble Hall

Learn More About GradMAP


EXPLORE: Discover Broad & Exciting Career Options

Coffee & Careers: Academic Publishing

Meet the president of Oxford University Press USA and learn about career paths in publishing

Monday, February 6  |  10:30-11:30 a.m.  |  Location TBD


the acls public fellows competition

Learn more about this prestigious pathway into a nonprofit job

Friday, February 24  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  319 Gregory Hall



Make your advanced skills make sense outside academia

Wednesday, March 1  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 4th Floor, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street in Urbana)


Coffee & Careers: Teaching-FOcused Careers in Academia

Meet an Instructional Assistant Professor at the University of Houston and learn about teaching-focused career paths in academia

Thursday, March 2  |  10:00-11:00 a.m.  |  504 Illini Union Bookstore Building [registration required]

Register for Coffee & Careers


Faculty Job Market Success Stories

Hear from a panel of students who just landed faculty jobs

Wednesday, April 5  |  12:00-1:30 p.m.  |  210 Illini Union


career exploration group

Discover broad and exciting career paths

Tuesdays, February 7-March 7 |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  304 Coble Hall


What Can I Do with a PhD in the Humanities? Group

Explore how humanities training prepares you for a broad range of careers

Thursdays, March 9-April 13 (minus Spring Break) |  3:00-5:00 p.m.  |  1028 Lincoln Hall

Register for the Humanities Group


SEARCH: Land a Job That's Right for You

Career Fair Prep

Get ready to make your best impression at upcoming career fairs

Tuesday, January 24  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  210 Illini Union


Preparing for Academic Interviews

Get ready for interviews during the faculty job search process

Thursday, January 26  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


negotiation strategies

How can you negotiate for the strongest start in a new job?

Thursday, February 2  |  4:00-5:30 p.m.  |  210 Illini Union


Resumes & Cover Letters: Explaining Your Graduate-Level Experience

Develop convincing application materials for a nonacademic job search

Monday, February 13  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


Immigration & Employment Options for Grad Students & Postdocs

Get advice from an expert in the field

Thursday, February 23  |  5:30-7:00 p.m.  |  210 Illini Union


Nonacademic Interview Strategies for grad students & postdocs

Pitch your skills and experience to interviewers in industry, nonprofits, and government

Wednesday, March 8  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


Getting Ready for Next Year's Academic Job Market

Learn how to set yourself up for success next year

Friday, April 14  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  webinar


Job Search Strategies for Industry, Nonprofits & Government

Figure out how to get started on a nonacademic job search

Wednesday, April 19  |  4:00-5:30 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


CONNECT: Make Connections That Count

Why You Should Attend a Virtual Career Fair

Learn how a virtual career fair can help you land a job

Friday, February 17  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  304 Coble Hall


Answering Tough Interview Questions

Answer broad, negative, or unexpected questions effectively

Wednesday, February 22  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  314A Illini Union


Talking About Your Research

Explain your work effectively to different audiences

Tuesday, February 28  |  4:00-5:30 p.m.  |  407 Illini Union


Blogging & Social Media for Professional Success

Learn how to use digital tools to build networks and promote your work

Tuesday, March 14  |  4:00-5:30 p.m.  |  314B Illini Union