Career Pathways: Beyond Academia



Interested in pursuing diverse career options? Career Pathways: Beyond Academia is a professional development event that supports graduate students and postdocs in exploring "alt-ac" careers (e.g., education, industry, non-profit, and government). 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.

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February 12-15, 2024


Keynote Address: Susan Hackwood
Monday, February 12, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | HUB 269 
Dr. Susan Hackwood
Dr. Susan Hackwood

Join us for our Keynote Presentation from a very accomplished member of our UCR community. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Susan Hackwood, PhD, is Professor of the Graduate Division and Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor at the University of California Riverside. She is also Dean Emeritus of the Bourns College of Engineering. Until July 2018 she was the Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). CCST is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of 200 plus science and technology leaders of the highest distinction. Sponsored by the key academic and federal research institutions in California, CCST advises the state on all aspects of science and technology including energy, information technologies, biotechnology, nanotechnology, stem cell research, healthcare technologies, climate change, disaster prevention technologies, intellectual property, technical workforce development, and education. Dr. Hackwood has worked extensively with industry, academia and government partnerships to identify policy issues of societal importance.

Vanessa Lee, dressed in red, looking over her left shoulder and smiling into camera
Career Center Specialist Vanessa Lee
CV to Resume Workshop
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 11:00 am – 11:50 am | Zoom

UCR Career Center Career Specialist Vanessa Lee 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. 

Where Are They Now? Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Panel
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Zoom

Hear from a diverse panel of UCR alumni about their journeys from their PhD studies into "alt-ac" careers.

Where Are They Now? STEM Panel
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am | Zoom

Hear from a diverse panel of UCR alumni about their journeys from their PhD studies into "alt-ac" careers.

Identifying and Leveraging Your Transferable Skills
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | XCITE Commons (Rivera Library)

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.

Effective Networking and Your Elevator Pitch
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | XCITE Commons (Rivera Library)

Join us for an interactive time of learning and practicing networking skills. You'll learn about the importance of having a good elevator pitch ready for when you just happen to need it.

Coffee Social & Mocktail Hour Networking Event
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | XCITE Patio (Rivera Library)

No registration necessary. Coffee Social is open to all graduate students and postdocs.

Graduate students and postdocs, come and join us on the XCITE Patio for a special Coffee Social & Mocktail Networking Event with free mocktails, coffee, tea, and snacks. Please bring your student ID.

CV to Resume Clinic
Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 11:00 am – 12:00 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.

Networking via LinkedIn & Virtual Career Fairs Workshop
Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | HUB 265

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.