University of Chicago
Career Development Resources
The Office of Graduate Student Affairs sponsors a variety of workshops, conferences, and resources to provide professional development to graduate students. These include the workshops on teaching, fellowship applications, public speaking, technology, computation literacy, and money management. The annual Graduate Student Career & Professional Development Conference features panel discussions on how to use LinkedIn, searching for jobs outside academe, negotiating salary and benefits, publishing, and interviewing. The "Expose Yourself" series, which provide students the opportunity to "expose themselves" by presenting their academic work to non-specialists.
Career Advancement provides a variety of programs throughout the academic year covering a wide range of career fields as well as graduate and professional schools. The Career Advancement calendar on Chicago Career Connection provides a comprehensive schedule of upcoming programs and workshops. Annual programs include career and internshiop fairs, career exploration workshops, and recruiting immersion camps. Students and Alumni can also log onto the Career Advancement website to access career advising, internship opportunities, a job and recruiting database, information on working abroad, and resume and interview toolkits.
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers regular workshops on topics to aid graduate teaching assistants and to help graduate students prepare for academic careers. Topics include course design, teaching portfolios, teaching statements, classroom technology, collaborative learning. Students who attend a special two-day workshop receive a Certificate in University Teaching. Topics include "culture and curriculum", "authority and ethics in the classroom", "ensuring equity in grading", "academic integrity", "strategies for encouraging classroom discussion", "effective lecturing", "dealing with classroom conflict", "teaching writing and/or problem solving", "using the library as a resource", and "technology in the classroom".
The Department hosts a LinkedIn network and hosts other regular events to help students with the job search process. The Career Panel Series is a student organized panel series to provide graduate students with an opportunity to interact with alumni from various career fields, such as academia, industrial research and development, government labs, science policy, government agencies, financial consulting and other nontraditional fields. Through this panel, current students and postdocs become more aware of career choices in various fields.
The Department recently established an annual “Chemistry Industry Associates Meeting” (IAM), a daylong professional networking and recruiting event. At the inaugural event, eleven local and national chemistry companies and organizations interacted with over 55 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Lab. The day included panel discussions, speed interviews, a networking lunch, poster session, and faculty-attended reception.
Students can get access to the research computing resources through the Research Computing Center. The Center offers consulting on how to port and compile code, submit jobs, and develop custom workflows. Tutorials and training workshops include introduction to Unix, Introduction to Parallel Computing with Mpi, Introduction to Python, Programming with Matlab (taught by Mathworks), Introduction to Gpu programming (taught by NVidia), and more.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings together students, alumni, faculty, cross-campus partners, professionals, and others from the business community and beyond to share ideas, foster creativity, and network through a number of industry-related events.
Learn more about student conferences, alumni conferences, other entrepreneurial conferences, workshops, and speaker series.
The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs sponsors a variety of workshops, conferences, and resources to provide professional development to graduate students. These include the workshops on teaching, fellowship applications, public speaking.
Representative postdoctoral researchers in the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago have formed an organization to address the concerns of this unique group. The membership of the PDA is open to all non-faculty persons in post-Ph.D. research capacity at The University of Chicago, whether or not they work in the Biological Sciences Division.
The Grad Guide is a weekly digest of announcements, events, and programming for graduate and professional school students.