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Career Pathways Day

Interested in pursuing diverse career options? After Grad: Career Pathways Day is a day-long professional development event that supports students taking the first step in post-graduation career exploration. Learn how to frame and apply skills already acquired in graduate school, build professional networks, and become informed and prepared for the job market. Graduate students and post-docs from all disciplines welcome.

Friday, February 7, 2020

9:30am – 4:00pm, HUB 265, followed by a networking reception at the Career Center

(Lunch is included with full-day registration)

9:30 – 10:00 am | Check-in and Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 11:20 am | Keynote Address by Dr. Natalie Lundsteen
Natalie Lundsteen

Dr. Natalie Lundsteen is Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), where she oversees career resources and programs for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Dr. Lundsteen has advised and taught postdocs, graduate students, and alumni at Boston University, MIT, Oxford University and Stanford University. Her career path spans over nearly twenty five years in roles that have always focused on helping people make educational transitions and move forward in their personal and professional development.

She is a PhD career advice contributor to Inside Higher Ed’s weekly Carpe Careers blog, which offers graduate career advice every Monday, and she is a co-author of ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists.  Dr. Lundsteen currently serves as President of the Graduate Career Consortium, an international organization comprised of professionals leading career and professional development for postdocs and PhDs.

Dr. Lundsteen's keynote address is titled "Resilience and Reality: Embarking on Your Graduate Career Journey":

Planning and executing where your graduate degree can take you is often a challenging process, and sometimes thinking about the future can be a bit overwhelming. This talk will provide tangible advice for action in your next steps for career development, along with motivational guidance in thinking about 'what's next'?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm | Plenary Session I: Campus Career Resources for Graduate Students

Interested in exploring your career options, but don’t know where to start? This panel will connect you to readily available campus resources designed to support your job search, networking, and professional success. This will be a helpful discussion both for those just starting out and for those expanding their search.

12:30 – 1:30 pm | Lunch and LinkedIn Photo Booth

Present your best side! The Career Center will be present all day to take professional photos for your LinkedIn profile. Lunch will be provided for all who register as full-day participants.

1:30 – 2:20 pm | Concurrent Session

A: CV to Resume Workshop: Graduate Writing Center Coordinator will discuss the basics of resume writing, with a specific focus on how to effectively communicate information and experience from the standard Curriculum Vitae to a resume.

B: Advanced CV to Resume Clinic: Work directly with Graduate Writing Center Consultants to transfer skills, accomplishments, and experience from your CV to a resume and make yourself a compelling job candidate. Bring copies of both CV and resume to receive personalized, constructive feedback. Space is limited.

2:30 – 3:50 pm | Plenary Session II: Where Are They Now?

Career transitions after graduate school are rarely singular or linear. Hear from a panel of diverse UCR graduate student alumni about their pathways from their PhD degree to a non-academic career.

4:00 – 6:00 pm | Networking Reception

Join us for a networking reception at the Career Center! Start your networking with panelists from today and fellow graduate students. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registrations are now closed.

Sponsored by UCR Graduate Division/GradSuccess, UCR Career Center, and the generous support of NICE-NRT for Integrated Computational Entomology, NSF Award 1631776.