Grad Rebel Workshop: Preparing for Life Post-Graduate School: Establishing Financial Wellness, Exploring Non-Academic Career Pathways, and Translating Your Skill-set to Prospective Employers


Mar. 1, 2019, 3:30pm to 5pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Graduate Commons (LLB 2141)


Due to popularity, we are holding this workshop again. We will give preference to those who were not able to attend the first workshop.

This workshop is designed to help graduate students be better prepared for life post-graduate school. It will be divided into 3 parts: Financial Wellness, Exploring Non-Academic Career Pathways, and Translating Your Skill-set to Prospective Employers.

Financial Wellness is often a topic that causes stress among graduate students and postdocs. We will discuss how to best set yourself up for financial wealth, including student loan repayment options, how to start preparing for retirement, and accessible and smart ways to invest.

Exploring non-academic career pathways can seem like a mysterious and overwhelming process. From our panelists, you will learn to better understand the various career pathways that are available to graduate students after you finish you advanced degree, including how to find where non-academic jobs are posted.

Translating Your Skill-Set: A common question that many graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are preparing to compete on the non-academic job market ask is: “How do I prove to my prospective employer that I am qualified, even though I lack direct industry or non-academy experience?” The key is to learn how to translate the skills, knowledge, and abilities you have gained in graduate school to a broad audience.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Discuss ways to work towards establishing financial wellness post-graduate school (loan repayment options, preparing for retirement, investing, etc.)
  • Learn about where non-academic jobs are posted (e.g., The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Indeed, USAJobs, and The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • Discuss how to use your networks, which are often key to new career opportunities
  • Discuss how to explore alternative career options while still a graduate student (volunteering, internships, etc.)
  • Identify knowledge, abilities, and skills which can be applied to a wide range of industries and jobs
  • Gain insight into skills and personal traits that are most sought after my employers
  • Learn about strategies to continue to develop your transferable skills
  • Work on articulating these transferable skills to diverse stakeholders with confidence


  • Andy Lawrence, Vice President at Century Communities, MBA'91 MS'14

  • John Wightman, CPA, CGMA, at Rich Wightman & Company

  • Rebecca Sherer, Founder at Cultivate Academics

  • Dr. Matthew Martinez, Data Analyst/Researcher

  • Steve Weubtraub, '97 UNLV alum, retired

  • Frank Carbone, Wells Fargo Advisor

Lifecycle Stage: Middle and Late Master’s & Middle and Late Doctoral

Learning Experience: Panel

Admission Information

This workshop is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

Contact Information

Graduate College
Valarie Burke

External Sponsor

Graduate College, GPSA, & Career Services