Career Pathways Week


Interested in pursuing diverse career options? After Grad: Career Pathways Week is a week-long professional development event that supports graduate students and postdocs 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 postdocs from all disciplines are welcome to join us.

Note: Sessions will be recorded, but the session recordings will be shared with only those who requested advanced permission to view them or with those who are not able to join the session due to an emergency. Email us at to request access to the video recordings. 

February 7-11, 2022  |  Zoom


Keynote Address: Demystifying Your Career Choices: Career Planning for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Monday, February 7, 2022 | 11 am – 12:30 pm | Zoom

Not sure what to do when you finish your graduate or postdoctoral training? With career planning, you can find a career to fit YOU! 

Don’t miss this chance to start your career exploration and planning today. The most successful students start early and use their training period to develop the skills needed for success on their chosen career path. Not sure what that is yet? This session is for you! Already know what career you want? We’ll help you get there! It’s never too early (or too late!) to start!  Attendees will learn about how to identify graduate-level career options and associated valued skill sets. You’ll leave with techniques for career exploration and gain an understanding of how to get started preparing for career paths you are excited about. Learn to use a holistic career planning approaches to find career pathways that are a good fit for you!

A choose-your-own-adventure section will provide opportunities for the audience to select: 

  • Create a personalized skill gap analysis to highlight current strengths, identify areas of potential growth, and develop action plans to bridge the gap toward career success
  • Use your identified strengths and skills to begin developing tailored job materials, including a resume and cover letter in the career field(s) of your choosing
  • Use personal-branding and networking search techniques to identify job opportunities, promote your skills, and build your network online

Start from the ground up to identify career pathways that are a good fit for you, evaluate your current skills and experiences as a match, and build a plan to get you there! 

Speaker bio: 
Rebekah Layton headshot

Rebekah Layton, PhD, PCC, CMC, is the Director of Professional Development Programs at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Layton provides individual career coaching and leadership mentoring for trainees, and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Mentor Coach (CMC). She is a published author on professional development and career outcomes, a contributor to Inside HigherEd Carpe Careers, and a member of the Graduate Career Consortium where she currently serves as a Regional Co-Director. Dr. Layton designs, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive professional and career development program housed in the Office of Graduate Education supporting 1000+ graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. She earned degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University at Albany, State University of New York (PhD & MA) where she specialized in self-regulation and goal-setting. Dr. Layton firmly believes that exciting career options await each trainee, and helps individuals to identify and capitalize on their strengths to prepare for the next steps toward career success that are right for them.

Identifying and Leveraging Your Transferable Skills
Monday, February 7, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm | Zoom

Are you ready to pivot yourself professionally? Your transferable skills can help you stand out to employers and break into new industries. Discover how to find and leverage your transferable skills in the job search process. This workshop will be presented by UCR Career Center

Where Are They Now? STEM Panel
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 10 – 11:30 am | Zoom 

Career transitions after graduate school are rarely singular or linear. Hear from a panel of diverse UCR graduate student alumni from STEM about their pathways from their PhD degree to a non-academic career. Here are the panelists who will be joining us:

  • Patrick Schreiner, Senior Bioinformatician at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Melissa Morgan, Analytical Chemist at Sonder Research X
  • Biagio DiSalvo, Strain Engineer at Robigo
  • Niranjan Ilawe, Senior Process Engineer - Data Analytics at 10x Genomics
Where Are They Now? Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Panel
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 2 – 3:30 pm | Zoom

Career transitions after graduate school are rarely singular or linear. Hear from a panel of diverse UCR graduate student alumni from the humanities, social sciences, and arts about their pathways from their PhD degree to a non-academic career. Here are the panelists who will be joining us:

  • Danielle Delany, Mental Health Policy Director at the Association of Community Human Service Agencies (ACHSA)
  • Karin Johnson, Administrator at Texas Federal Statistical Research Data Center, College Station, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Seth Margolis, Quantitative UX Researcher at Google
  • Logan Marg, Senior User Experience Researcher at Dutchie
CV to Resume Workshop
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 11 am – 12 pm | Zoom

Graduate Writing Center Coordinator Alexis Smith 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.

Resume Clinic
Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 11 am – 12 pm | Zoom

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.

Note: If you need to cancel your participation in the clinic after you sign up for it, we kindly ask that you email us at by 9 am on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 so that your space could be made available for another attendee. If you sign up for and then miss the clinic without canceling it, it will count as a missed writing consultation in the Graduate Writing Center.

Networking at Virtual Career Fairs and on LinkedIn
Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 2 – 3:30 pm | Zoom

Want to start networking but not sure how to begin? Join this interactive workshop to learn the top tips and strategies to network with prospective employers, recruiters and other professionals. Discover the best modern practices to succeed in networking on LinkedIn and at Virtual Career Fairs. Join UCR Career Center to learn more about networking at virtual career fairs and on LinkedIn.

The session recordings will be made available only those who requested advanced permission to access them or those who were not able to join the session due to an emergency.