Erik Oswald

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Name: Erik Oswald
Date registered: June 27, 2016

Latest posts

  1. Surviving Your PhD Journey – Part 2 — August 17, 2017
  2. Surviving Your PhD Journey – Part 1 — August 10, 2017
  3. Alumni Guest Post – Starting Your Professional Career — August 3, 2017
  4. Mailbag: Customizing Resumes – Part 2 — July 20, 2017
  5. Mailbag: Customizing Resumes – Part 1 — July 13, 2017

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  2. Be Confident — 1 comment

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Aug 17

Surviving Your PhD Journey – Part 2

Today’s guest blog post is part 2 of 2, and comes from our Director, Larry Westfall. Read part 1 here. ************************************************** The Road Less Traveled A father took his 12-year old son boating. He had him motor out of sight of land and distracted him with conversation. Then he said, “Son, plot a course to …

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Aug 10

Surviving Your PhD Journey – Part 1

Today’s guest blog post is part 1 of 2, and comes from our Director, Larry Westfall. ********************************************** “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” – – Chinese Proverb I’ve worked in management for many years and have experienced my share of change. Through this experience I’ve found …

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Aug 03

Alumni Guest Post – Starting Your Professional Career

Today’s guest blog post comes from Billy Smith, who graduated from ND with a History PhD in 2017. He has worked as an Academic Advisor and Scholarship Coordinator at Oklahoma State University since Fall 2016. Billy can be reached at william.r.smith@okstate.edu. After several years in graduate school, transitioning to a full-time, non-traditional academic job was intimidating. …

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Jul 20

Mailbag: Customizing Resumes – Part 2

Last week I discussed making big changes to customize your resume for each open position. This week we’ll talk about the “micro changes” that can make a big impact on the success of your application. The little changes involve the specific words and terminology you should use on the resume. Take your cues from the …

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Jul 13

Mailbag: Customizing Resumes – Part 1

Over the last few weeks we have been asking for readers and followers to submit questions. Here is one we received, as well as my thoughts on the issue. Q) What does resume customization really look like? I’ve read about it on resume advice websites, but what does it really mean and look like in …

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Jun 29

Conference Success

Our director Larry Westfall and I are attending the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) annual conference this week. Conferences and other professional development meetings and events are a natural component of most career fields, especially in the academy, higher ed administration, and others. Whether you attend an international, national, regional, or local event, there are certain …

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Jun 15

Skills and Squirrels

(Source: Flickr) Last week I saw a squirrel hanging upside down on the side of a tree trunk, using just its hind legs, while eating a nut with its front paws. Could you do that? Probably not, because you are not a squirrel. But as I alluded to in the June 1st post “Be Confident,” …

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Jun 01

Be Confident

Confidence is a funny thing. And so is déjà vu. As I was walking through the 2nd floor rotunda of the Main Building recently, I was struck by a déjà vu feeling about walking that same path during my first few days in this position. It was an odd sort of feeling, though, because my …

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May 18

New Beginnings: Advice for transitioning from grad school to career

  With commencement taking place this weekend, I can’t help but think of the transition that will take place for grad students who have completed their programs. Particularly for those students receiving terminal degrees, there likely will not be further formal education in your future, and a new set of habits and behaviors will be …

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May 04

Listology for Graduate Students

[This guest blog post comes from fellow Graduate Career Consultant, Cindi Fuja] I love making lists. Strike that. I love crossing things off my lists. Whether it’s my shopping list, keeping track of how much water I’ve managed to down, or simply working on my daily calendar–I get a feeling of forward motion; of control, of staying on …

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