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Career Development Workshops

NOTE: Workshop locations may change with short notice. Please check this calendar to confirm the location of any workshop you wish to attend.


The Graduate College offers a range of professional development workshops to help you achieve your goals, explore broad careers, communicate effectively, and land a job that's right for you. See this calendar for full descriptions of our programs.

(Note: Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to register to attend our workshops.)

GRAD STUDENT SUCCESS: Get the Tools You Need to Achieve Your Goals


Make plans to succeed in graduate school

Thursday, February 8 |  12:00-1:30 p.m.  |  Coble Hall 304

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professional development fair

Get a free professional headshot and learn all about resources on campus

Friday, February 16  |  12:00-1:30 p.m.  |  Illini Union, Illini Rooms ABC


getting people on your team

Find mentors, network effectively, and more

Wednesday, February 28  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Transportation Building (104 S. Mathews) Room 112



Make plans to succeed in graduate school

Thursday, April 5  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Coble Hall 304

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Making the Most of Your Summer

Learn strategies for using your summer efficiently while still taking a break

Thursday, April 26  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Bevier Hall 242


CAREER EXPLORATION: Discover Broad & Exciting Career Options

giving up tenure: who does that?

Learn about one professor's path to running a publishing company

Wednesday, February 14  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Coble Hall 304


career exploration group

Discover broad and exciting career paths

Wednesdays, March 7-April 11 (with a week off for Spring Break)   |  3:00-5:00 p.m.

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Translating your skills

Make your advanced skills make sense outside academia

Thursday, March 29  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Lincoln Hall 1028


Job Market Success Panel

Learn about fellow students' paths to landing a job

Thursday, April 5   |  11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  |  Coble Hall 304


JOB SEARCH: Land a Job That's Right for You

Career Fair Prep & Practice

Get strategies to succeed at the spring career fairs

Tuesday, January 23  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Wohlers Hall 130


Faculty Interview Prep

Get ready for interviews during the faculty job search process

Thursday, January 25  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Lincoln Hall 1027


Resumes & Cover Letters

Develop convincing application materials for a job search in industry or nonprofits

Tuesday, January 30  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Wohlers 130


Negotiation Strategies

How do you negotiate for the strongest start in a new job?

Thursday, February 1  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Lincoln Hall 1027


Interview Strategies for INdustry & Nonprofits

Pitch your skills and experience to interviewers in industry and the nonprofit sector

Thursday, February 8  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Lincoln Hall 1027


Storytelling Your Career

Use storytelling strategies to improve your resume, cover letter, and interviews

Friday, March 2  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Digital Computer Laboratory (1304 W. Springfield) Room 1310


Starting a Job Search in Industry, Nonprofits, or Government

How do you get started and stay organized during a job search?

Thursday, March 8  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  School of Information Sciences 131


Getting Ready for Next Year's Faculty Job Search

Get going now to set yourself up for success in the fall

Friday, April 6  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Bevier Hall 242


COMMUNICATION & RESEARCH: Communicate Effectively and Build Strong Relationships

Writing for the Public

Learn how to conceive, write, and pitch an article for a general audience

Tuesday, February 13  |  12:00-1:00 p.m.  |  Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Seminar Room (Levis Hall 4th Floor)


Answering Tough Interview QUestions

Answer broad, negative, or unexpected questions effectively

Tuesday, February 20  |  3:30-5:00 p.m.  |  Lincoln Hall 1027


Depositing Your Thesis

Get tips and tricks for thesis submission and deposit

Tuesday, April 3  |  2:00-3:00 p.m.  |  Lincoln Hall 1027

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Navigating Thesis to Book

Receive advice on adapting a dissertation into a book

Tuesday, May 15  |  2:00-3:00 p.m.  |  Coble Hall 304

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Note on Accommodations

If you need accomodations to access or participate in any of our workshops, please email