Professional Development

Graduate education extends beyond the classroom. You are now a part of an exceptional academic community and we encourage you to take advantage of any of career-enhancing opportunities available within the University.

Professional development is the continued process of learning and growth throughout a career. Planning early and engaging in your discipline and in your personal and professional development are key strategies to ensure your success in graduate school and in the future job search.

Meet with your advisor to discuss your career aspirations, your strengths, and your weaknesses, and how to address them. In addition to professional development opportunities within your program of study, the following resources are available:

Professional Development Workshops 2014-2015

The 2014-15 professional development series is focused on developing as a healthy person and a successful professional.

Fall 2014 Workshop Schedule

Like, Tweet, Share, Follow, Social Media & Media Job Search

Presenter: Career Services
November 20th, 2:00PM-3:00PM, Centennial Hall #207

Electronic Portfolio

Learn how to make your E-Portfolio for future job interviews.
Presenter: Plamen Miltenoff Ph.D.
November 12th, 3:00PM-5:00PM
Miller Center #206

Exploring Happiness

Presenter: Troy Schafer
October 27th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, Atwood Memorial Center, Oak
Looking for a few tips to becoming happier? Do you know the link between happiness and overall wellness? Why are some people happier than others? Come and discover the link to happiness between attitude, gratitude, humor, forgiveness and money

 

Professional Development Workshops Archives

View workshops offered and recorded in previous years

Professional Development Workshops 2013-2014

The 2013-14 professional development series is focused on developing as a healthy person and a successful professional.

Fall 2013 Workshop Schedule

Resume & Curriculum Vitae Writing Seminar
Resume Writing for Graduate Students
Presenter: Andrew Ditlevson, SCSU Career Services
To view the Power Point presentation Resumes for Grad Students Power Point

E-folio Training and Hands on Assistance
Learn how to make your E-Portfolio for future job interviews.
Presenter: Karen Thoms, Learning and Resources Services
To view the recorded presentation Click Here

Thriving with Technology

  • This workshop will help participants explore their present relationship with technology and examine the ways by which their use of technology is supporting their values and life goals and the ways by which their use of technology is undermining their success. We will discuss pragmatic measures participants can take to tame the technology monster, including using ZenWare programs and cell phone apps. Participants will be asked to log their media use for 24 hours prior to the workshop.
  • Workshop Recording

The Multitasking Myth (or why it’s OK to listen to Bach while you study, but texting during class means you’re missing the lecture) (1-1.5 hours) In

  • This workshop participants will, through exercises and activities, learn the difference between multi-tasking and task-switching. They will come to recognize the limits of their attention and explore ways to exploit its power. We will address strategies for managing distractions and ways to encourage “flow.” Prior to the workshop participants will be asked to journal about instances during which they multi-task.
  • Workshop Recording

Finding our way back to Silence (1-1.5 hours)

  • This workshop focuses upon how noisy our society has become and upon the loss of silence in our lives. Through discussion and activities we will explore how a lack of silence can disorient us and how making choices to embrace silence can enhance our lives and nurture our success and happiness. Brief readings about the importance of silence and activities for intentionally living a quieter life will be introduced. Participants will be asked to note the amount of silence in their life during a 24-hour period and to engage in a brief silence exercise prior to the workshop.
  • Workshop Recording

Networking for Effective Engagement

Improving your people skills doesn’t have to be boring. This interactive presentation will help you learn to become better connected by first showing you what to avoid. Using reverse psychology, Diane Windingland will reveal some of the worst networking techniques before wrapping up with practical ways you can effectively engage people and build business relationships. Top Takeaways:

  • How to navigate a networking event (especially what “not to do”)
  • Effective body language
  • Remembering names
  • How to craft a "bumper-sticker" version of an elevator speech
  • How to start a conversation
  • How to exit a conversation
  • The importance of follow up

 

Spring 2013 Workshop Schedule

Graduate Student Financial Aid Information Day (Completed)
How the newest graduate student loan changes will affect you.
Presenter: Louise Neeser, Financial Aid Office
To view the recorded presentation Click Here

MN E-Folio Workshop (Completed)
Learn how to make your E-Portfolio for future job interviews.
Presenter: Karen Thoms, Learning and Resources Services
To view the recorded presentation Click Here

Resume Writing Seminar (Completed)
Information on writing professional resumes and curriculum vitaes.
Presenter: Laura Emerick, Assistant Director for Career Development and Outreach
To view the recorded presentation Click Here

Networking and Job Search Workshop (Completed)
How to look for, apply, and network to get the job you want after graduate school.
Presenter: Andy Ditlevson, Career Services Center
To view the recorded presentation Click Here

Fall 2012 Workshop Recordings

Resume Writing Seminar
Presenter: Laura Emerick, Assistant Director of CSC and Career Counselor
To view the recorded presentation Click Here
Here are some resources that go well with this presentation: Cover Letter Instructions, Creating an Effective Resume, Sample Masters Resume.

Network and Job Search Seminar
Presenter: Andy Ditlevson, Associate Director of CSC and Job Search Counselor
To view the recorded presentation Click Here
Here are some helpful resources that go well with this presentation: How to Use Linked-in, Networking: What Works.

Stress Reduction Seminar
Presenter: Troy Shafer, Director of Health Promotions
To view the recorded presentation Click Here

Career and Leadership Development Resources

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Professional Development Websites

Professional Associations

Check with individual program sites for student organizations and professional organizations. For a complete listing of links to individual programs, see Graduate Admissions.

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