Typically, by the close of your second year you will be finishing up your coursework. Depending on whether you are a master's, ed specialist,or doctoral student, you also may be taking exams, proposing a research study, or outlining a final project or performance.
Similar to making progress with courses, research, and scholarship, you will want to continue to build your repertoire of transferable skills.
5 key professional development activities at this stage:
Your "must do" Checklist:
- Meet with your primary mentor or adviser once a semester to talk about your professional development goals.
- Record accomplishments on your inventory of transferable skills. Set goals for adding new skills.
- Register for a leadership development program or course.
- Complete at least two transferable skill seminars each semester (or complete online modules.)
- Go to a career services office for feedback on your CV or research-focused resume.
Closely related to your professional development:
- Expand your professional network on LinkedIn.
- Expand your professional network by joining the student division of one or more disciplinary societies.
- Apply for travel funds to attend a national conference.
- Explore career options within and beyond the academy with tools like O*Net Online.
- Double-check your targeted deadlines for degree completion: When will you take comps? Obtain committee approval of your research? Conclude data collection and analysis?
- Analyze job ads to gain a sense of the job market and what employers seek.