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


Jan. 25, 2019, 1pm to 2pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Graduate Commons (LLB 2141)


This workshop is designed to help graduate students better understand the various career pathways that are available to them after they finish their advanced degree, including how to find where non-academic jobs are posted. Related to this, 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:

  • 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


  • Rebecca Sherer, Founder at Cultivate Academics

  • Dr. Sharon Young, Program Manager, Office of Undergraduate Research, Research and Economic Development

  • Dr. Matthew Martinez, Data Analyst/Researcher

  • Francine Mazza, Enterprise Holdings

  • Caitlin Saladino, Director of Strategic Development & Operations, Brookings Mountain West & Lincy Institute

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