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Post-Academic Careers

Posted on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

You have decided you don’t want a tenure-track job. How do you explore other career paths and make yourself competitive for the job of your choosing?

Read a book. Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius, So What are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside of Academia, 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2007. 160 pages.

Check out websites. Versatile PhD ( helps graduate students identify, prepare for, and excel in possible non-academic careers.

Devise an Individual Development Plan. Individual Development Plans (IDP) set out your goals for cultivating skills that will make you competitive on the job market for the career of your choice. For more information see:
• Jennifer A. Hobin, et. al., “You Need a Game Plan,” Science Careers, 7 Sept. 2012.
• MyIDP ( is a free tool for students to use in exploring career goals and determining how best to follow that career path.

Go to professional development workshops offered at Notre Dame.
Exploring Career Options
This is a 5-week workshop series for anyone who isn’t sure what career path to take either in or out of academia. Throughout the series we will conduct self-assessments, brainstorm potential jobs, discuss resources for finding jobs, and put together application materials so that when the time comes to apply, you will be ready! Appropriate for all disciplines.

CV to Resume Workshop
In this workshop you will learn the difference between curriculum vitae (CV) and resumes, and learn how to turn your CV into a resume.

Utilizing Online Resources in the Job Search
Learn how to use LinkedIn, Go Irish, and other online resources in your job search.

Elevator Pitch Essentials Part 1: Preparing the Pitch
An elevator pitch is a 30-second to two-minute, well-prepared description of your research. Learn how to create it, rehearse it, and tailor it for a specific audience. In this session you will learn the skills that you will need to craft your elevator pitch.

Elevator Pitch Essentials Part 2: Practicing at a Reception
Students will take the research spiel they developed on their own or in the Elevator Pitch Essentials Part 1 and will practice giving the pitch to other students, faculty, and administrators from a wide range of disciplines. The setting is a reception that the Graduate School hosts in support of this event. Business casual attire is requested.

Make an appointment with Graduate Career Services. Graduate Student Career Services ( ) provides career-related support to Notre Dame graduate students and postdocs through a variety of programs and services designed to expand the number of professional opportunities. Use the tools they offer in their office and online to help you decide what career direction is most appropriate for you.

Prepared by Melinda Gormley, Ph.D., Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values,
Passed out at the Lunch & Learn Series event held January, 17 2014.

Fellowship Opportunity in Natural Resource Management or Policy

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Under the umbrella of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), the Center for Aquatic Conservation (CAC) is pleased to announce four semester-long fellowships to award for next academic year (Aug 2013-May 2014) to graduate students in any University of Notre Dame department. The primary purpose of these fellowships is to foster research that connects scientific, technical, or policy analysis with natural resource management or policy. Proposals are due June 10th. For more information, see the announcement.


Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Book Giveaway

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Career Center, English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Uncategorized, Writing Center

In celebration of the upcoming Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (Feb. 18-22) the Professional Development Team is applauding our graduate students by giving away books at several of our events. A copy of a related book will be presented to four lucky graduate student attendees selected at random. Below are all the events where books will be available, please check our calendar page for the full list of this semester’s professional development events and workshops.

Exploring Career Options

Tue Feb 19, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Flanner 114
Book: Putting Your Science to Work by Peter Fiske

Dissertation Proposal Accepted: What Now?
Tue Feb 19, 3:00 – 4:15pm
Location: 200 Riley Hall
Book: Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker

English for Academic Purposes: Forms and Structures for Clearer Writing
Tue Feb 19, 6:30 – 7:45pm
Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Book: Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers by Nigel Caplan

Grad School Game Plan: Time Management
Thu Feb 21, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Notre Dame Room, LaFortune
Book: Time Management for Dummies by Dirk Zeller

Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
Tue Feb 26, 2:00 – 3:15pm
Notre Dame Conference Center, 101-104 McKenna Hall
Book: What the Best College Teachers Do by ken Bain

International Education Week: November 12th-16th

Posted on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is a celebration the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Much of the week is devoted to promoting programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information (including an Global IQ Quiz) visit the website:

For international students coming to the US for a graduate degree can be a daunting task. Many of these students view studying abroad as just the first step to a long career, far from home. Adjusting to a new language, culture, and educational environment can be challenging.

Researchers Larry Braskamp and Chris Glass wrote, “Foreign Students and Tolerance,” published in the October 26 edition of Inside Higher Education. Based on their research of international student using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI). Their article offered these highlights:

* International students who enroll in courses that involve discussion among students with diverse backgrounds and beliefs report higher grade-point-averages, experience a greater sense of attachment to campus life, and are more likely to form cross-cultural peer relationships.

* International students who participate in co-curricular activities reflecting their cultural background are also more likely to engage in activities reflecting other cultures.

* International students who experience discrimination are two-thirds less likely to share problems and concerns with peers.

Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is a critical part of succeeding in graduate school and beyond. This can often lead to stress and anxiety on top of what graduate students already experience. As stated by Braskamp and Glass, “Mental health issues, such as depression, loneliness, and anxiety, are well-documented in research on international students… Communication and coordination between leaders in international student offices, counseling centers, faculty development offices, and student support services is essential for comprehensive support.”

The ND University Counseling Center staff offers services and support to all members of the Notre Dame Community, including international students. There are still spots available in the Graduate Student, Appetite for Life and Personal Growth groups. See the UCC website for more information:

Always Look on the Bright Side: A Higher Education Employment Report

Posted on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

According to a recent report from HigherEdJobs, “the number of jobs in higher education grew 2.1% during the second quarter of 2012, continuing to outpace growth of all U.S. jobs.” Those seeking employment in academia or anyone looking to better understand current trends in higher education should take a look at the full report.

Visit to download the full report or view the news release.

International Graduate Students: Language, Teaching, and Career Paths

Posted on September 5, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, International Students, Uncategorized

What are the core components of a graduate student’s academic life? Scholarship and research, teaching, ethics, and finding a career path are all important to graduate students. Where and how do communication skills fit in?

International graduate students around the country are getting help from their universities as they work on improving their English language skills. The New York Times reports that international “graduate students at Ohio University spend up to two hours a day learning how to speak so that their American colleagues and students will understand them.”

Here at Notre Dame, The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers several initiatives for international students targeting English language skills.

The EAP Workshop Series is intended to provide international students opportunities for improving their English language proficiency in ways that directly support their academic goals. Workshops are open to all international students and do not require registration. Each 75-minute workshop is designed to be hands-on with opportunities for demonstration, Q&A/discussion, and practice.

In addition to the workshops the CSLC offers tutoring and consultation sessions for international students. Please see our website for more information:

Fall Calendar Available for Professional Development Events

Posted on August 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

The beginning of this semester also signals the release of the Professional Development calendar for the fall. Whether you’re a new or returning student looking for guidance in research, career, teaching, or ethics, we have a workshop for you. General professional development workshops are also available.

Some returning workshops are back on the calendar, including the popular Elevator Pitch Essentials program and Coffee, Cupcakes, and TREC. New offerings include the Ethics Cafe and the Grad School Game Plan sessions.

Take a look at the calendar and register for an event today!


Do You Know How to Get Past No?

Posted on July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

To start preparations for a workshop on conflict resolution and negotiation, the Graduate School Professional Development Team recently read William Ury’s book “Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations.”  The book outlines different strategies that are helpful when entering a situation with the potential for negotiations. One excerpt from the book that resonated with the team was a story about the importance of preparation and evaluation. This is a key point that would be helpful for students or anyone in general, to use when dealing with negotiations.

Referring to a diplomat’s experience of learning from his superior, Ury writes, “Just before he entered the village in the morning, he would pull the jeep off to the side of the road and ask, ‘What is it that we want to leave this village tonight having achieved?’ He and I would answer the question, then we would go into the village. When we left that evening, he would again pull the jeep off the road and ask, ‘Now, did we get it? Did we achieve what we set out to do?” This stresses the key point of knowing what your end goal is prior to entering a situation, and asking yourself if you achieved it afterwards.

Other key points from the book and the team’s discussion that may be incorporated into the workshop include:

  • Recognize there are moments of negotiation
  • Be sensitive that there will be negotiations (probably with your mentor)
  • Being prepared for conflict and negotiation – identifying the BATNA (Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement)
  • Identify your preferred style through self-reflection component • Know how to assess the other person’s style – and knowing this prior to conflict/negotiation
  • Know how to figure out when you are in a conflict
  • Disengage from emotion
  • Know about emotional intelligence
  • Identify your interests, their interests, and how to work together
  • Practice negotiation beforehand/imagined interaction – know how to respond in different scenarios
  • Know how to negotiate with people who are non-receptive
  • Balance respect of authority and advocating for yourself
  • Learn how to ask why, why not, and what if
  • Knowing what your end goal is prior to a situation, and asking yourself if you achieved it afterwards

Interested in reading more about negotiations? Check out the book on Amazon.

Classroom Strategies for International Teaching Assistants

Posted on March 30, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Uncategorized

If you will have TA duties in the future or are planning on becoming faculty at a US university please consider enrolling in AL 73004: Classroom Strategies for International Teaching Assistants.

The course centers on the cultural and linguistic challenges of the US classroom, focusing primarily on the roles and expectations of teaching assistants and faculty. The course offers international graduate students the opportunity to develop and refine their teaching and communication skills through interactive activities that focus on authentic academic contexts.

From the course text, “Many faculty and graduate students from other countries expect language difficulties when they teach, but are unprepared for other surprises: different cultures make different assumptions about the academic background of college students, how students learn, the appropriate roles of teachers and students, and even the fundamental purpose of a college education.” Sarkisian, E. (2006). Teaching American students: A guide for international faculty and teaching assistants in colleges and universities. Cambridge, Mass: Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

For more information please contact:
Stew Markel
Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Workshop Etiquette

Posted on March 23, 2012 in Career Center, Center for Social Concerns, English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Uncategorized, Writing Center

Your behavior at a workshop or an employer information session can be an indication of your professional behavior after you leave graduate school.  Therefore you want to be sure you are sending a professional, responsible message.  It is extremely important that you remember professional etiquette at these events.  I have listed a few reminders below to think about prior to your attendance at either a workshop or employer sponsored event.

1) If you RSVP for an event, attend.  If you cannot attend, notify the organizer, within 24 hours in advance (if possible).  If you do not know who to contact to withdraw your registration, please contact the Graduate School at 631-1704 or and they will help you withdraw your registration.

2)If food and drink are served, exercise control.  That means take one piece of pizza and one drink.  If there are left overs, you may go back for seconds.  Piling your plate with four pieces of pizza and grabbing a water and a soda are inappropriate.

3)Prepare a few questions ahead of time and ask them when the presenter calls for questions.  Most of the time a presenter will state their preference on answering questions.  Most likely they will call for questions at the end of the presentation while others welcome questions amidst the presentation.  Asking them at these times is most appropriate.  However there are some questions that need to be asked one-on-one versus in front of the entire group (those that are very specific to your situation). This will help alleviate the long line of students after the presentation.

If you have questions about any of these points or would like to know more about workshop and event etiquette please contact the Graduate Career Program at 248 Flanner Hall or 574.631.4058.