Looking Ahead to Career Pathways Week

By Nathaly Martinez |

Are you interested in pursuing a career outside of traditional academia? Do you ever wonder what kinds of opportunities exist outside the confines of the campus? Do you want to understand more clearly what “transferable skills” you have attained by earning your degree? Then After Grad: Career Pathways Week(February 13-17, 2023) is for you!

Career Pathways Week is organized by GradSuccess as the Winter quarter’s “After Grad” professional development programming. This week-long series of panels, presentations, and workshops is designed to support graduate students and postdocs who are taking their first steps towards a post-graduation career.

All events during Career Pathways Week will be held virtually through Zoom. The Zoom links will be shared with you the day before the session(s) for which you registered. Important note: you must register before 5pm the day before the session you would like to attend in order to receive the Zoom link. Visit the Career Pathways Week website to read more and register. If you have any questions, please email us at

Monday, February 13th

Join our Keynote Address (more information coming soon) from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm via zoom


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Pictured: More info coming soon!


Tuesday, February 14th

Tuesday begins with the CV to Resume Workshop from 11:00 am to 11:50 pm hosted by the Career Center’s Graduate Student Careers Specialist, Dr. Vanessa Lee. Figuring out how to condense your CV is a tough process for many, so Vanessa will talk about the basics of resume writing, with a specific focus on how to effectively communicate information and experience from the standard curriculum vitae in a resume format.


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Pictured: Pam has mastered the art of being concise.

Next up from 2:00 - 3:30 pm is our "Where Are They Now?" panel of UCR graduate student alums from the humanities, social sciences, and education! Come hear about the lessons learned by those who have gone before you as they found their current position and career trajectory.

Wednesday, February 15th

Wednesday continues with our second "Where Are They Now?" UCR graduate student alum panel from 10:00 - 11:30 am. This Q&A will focus on alumni from STEM fields.

We'll also be presenting the session "Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills" from 1:00 to 1:50 pm in collaboration with the UCR Career Center. This event aims to teach you how to identify the transferable skills you have developed during your graduate and postdoc studies and how to use them for a non-academic position.

And as usual, we'll be closing out Wednesday with our afternoon Coffee Social from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Join us in winding down (or up!) and connecting with fellow graduate students, and hear about what our sponsor the International Students Office has to offer.


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Pictured: Me, every darn day.

Thursday, February 16th

Have a draft of your resume but want some feedback on how to improve or tailor it? Join our Resume Clinic from 11:00 - 11:50 am, where you can meet one-on-one with Graduate Writing Center staff to look over your resume and give you valuable and constructive feedback. However, spots are limited so register soon!


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Pictured: Please bring your resume. Only your resume.

Later that same day, join us for a session hosted by the Career Center titled "Networking via LinkedIn & Virtual Career Fair Tips" from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in HUB 355. Join this interactive workshop to learn the top tips and strategies to network with prospective employers, recruiters and other professionals.


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Pictured: You don't need to go it alone!

Sign up for one, a few, or all of our info-packed sessions to build your network and learn how to pursue a range of fulfilling careers with either your Master's or doctorate in any field!