For those in research-based programs, most likely you will be collecting and analyzing data. Some students are required to submit a grant proposal or journal article. Others will be writing thesis or dissertation chapters.
5 key professional development activities at this stage:
- Meet with your primary mentor or adviser to review your CV or resume.
- Attend a regional, national or international professional conference. Present. Network.
- Assume a leadership position with a grad student group at the University or national level.
- Conduct informational interviews and job shadow at places you would like to work.
- Revisit your transferable skills inventory. What skills do you need to acquire or hone?
Closely related to your professional development:
- When you return from a conference, invite your new contacts to join your LinkedIn network.
- Attend career-related seminars (or complete online modules) related to job interviews and salary negotiation.
- Double-check your targeted deadlines for degree completion. When will you intend to graduate? What are the deadlines you need to meet?
- Keep your CV or resume updated with your teaching, research, mentoring, and service activities.
- Analyze job ads for the transferable skills sought by employers. Focus on jobs that interest. If you possess those transferable skills, add them to your resume.
- Stop by the MU Career Center for a CV or resume review.
- Give your CV or resume to potential references. Ask, "Will you be able to write a STRONG reference letter for me?"