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Promising Practices: Steps Faculty and Staff Can Take to Support the Professional and Career Development of Graduate Students

(from Berkeley's Graduate Division)

  1. Encourage graduate students to take part in the wide array of campus professional and career development workshops offered by the Graduate ​Student Resource Center and Career Services such as Beyond Academia, Gram Slam, and more. Check out our upcoming events page for more information.
  2. Support graduate students by linking our website to your department web page, and by encouraging faculty to familiarize themselves with the website so that they can best help graduate students. Encourage your department’s GPA to visit the website and to forward professional development-related emails to graduate students.
  3. Inform graduate students about the Versatile Ph.D. website (the campus has a subscription), where they will find many resources to help them explore and prepare for a range of careers. Consider making funding available for graduate students to participate in professional development activities that occur away from campus.
  4. Gather contact information from graduating Ph.D.s before they leave campus for the purpose of creating a department-specific alumni network. Devote staff time to keeping this list current, and/or designate a graduate or undergraduate student as a point person for updating and maintaining the network.
  5. Invite alumni back to the department. Arrange for a panel of former Ph.D.s from your department now in a variety of careers (e.g., in non-profits, industry, government, educational administration) to come speak to your graduate students about their career paths. Send a set of questions to panelists in advance so that they can plan their remarks. Consider pairing this panel with departmentally customized workshops from the Graduate Division.
  6. Schedule a town hall on professional development, and aim to make it a regular departmental event (perhaps once a semester or once a year). Consider inviting representatives from Graduate Division, Career Services, and Beyond Academia to talk about professional development opportunities and resources.
  7. Consider offering a course on professional development. Incorporate workshops in which students actively practice important skills like public speaking, writing and peer review, as well as panel discussions with speakers both inside and outside academia.

Career Exploration and Preparation by Discipline

The resources below are organized by overarching disciplines. They can be shared with faculty, staff, and students as part of departmental professional development events or added to a departmental bank of professional development resources.

SHEF (Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts)

  • ImaginePhD: A free, online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in humanities and social sciences
  • Versatile PhD: Non-academic career resources designed for humanities and social sciences Ph.D. students (sample resumes and cover letters, panel discussions, job postings)
  • UCSB Beyond Academia: This student-run group’s annual conference and other events include many panels and panelists specific to the humanities and social sciences
  • The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: UCSBs institutional membership gives grad students, postdocs, and faculty access to online webinars, writing challenges, and motivational tools
  • Humanists@Work: A systemwide UC initiative geared to humanities and humanistic social science Ph.D.’s interested in careers outside the academy, offering workshops and online resources
  • American Psychological Association's Individual Development Planning Tool: Walks users through the process of assessing skills and interests, goal setting, and career exploration

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

  • MyIDP: A free, online career exploration and planning tool to help Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences develop an individual development plan (IDP)
  • Versatile PhD: Non-academic career resources for STEM Ph.D. students (sample resumes and cover letters, panel discussions, job postings)
  • UCSB Beyond Academia: This student-run group’s annual conference and other events include many panels and panelists specific to STEM
  • The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: UCSB’s institutional membership gives grad students, postdocs, and faculty access to online webinars, writing challenges, and motivational tools
  • American Physical Society: Professional Guidebook and Tools for Career Advisors

Presentations & Consultations

Graduate Division staff and peer advisors are available to speak with your department's graduate students, faculty, and staff about professional development topics and resources for graduate students. ​We are also available for individual consultations to assist graduate students with professional development planning.