Kay Kimball Gruder

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services

Kay Kimball Gruder

Kay Kimball Gruder (she|her|hers) joined the Center for Career Development in 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in career development. Kay leads career programs and services for graduate students, postdocs, and alumni of graduate programs, and she works with faculty, department leadership, and colleagues within and beyond UConn to support graduate student and postdoctoral scholar success. Within UConn Kay serves on the Graduate Student and Postdoc Affairs team at The Graduate School, is a member of the University Senate Student Welfare Committee, and partners on a variety of initiatives with International Student & Scholar Services. Kay meets with graduate students and postdocs as they explore and prepare for careers, engage in job searches, and consider options and opportunities to apply their skills, knowledge, and training. 

Prior to working at UConn, Kay worked at both private and technical institutions and has additional experience in admissions, parent relations, and whole-student advising.  Kay has a M.Ed. from Lesley College and a B.A. from Bennington College  

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You Can’t Prepare for Every Interview Question!

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I have been working with many doctoral candidates who are preparing for interviews in academia or other areas of higher education, and for roles within business, government, and non-profits. While the positions and employers are very different, the candidates almost …

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The Danger With First Impressions – 5 Tips for Navigating

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Have you ever gone to an interview and quickly felt a connection with some individuals and not with others? Perhaps you felt certain that you were qualified for a position but something felt a bit off throughout the interview. Maybe …

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9 Job Search Tips for International Students in the Age of Coronavirus

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Written by Marcelo Barros from Vault

As if the job search climate hadn’t been tough enough for international students since President Trump enacted the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order in April 2017, now international students are forced to …

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When Employers Give Advice Students Listen!

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Curious about what makes a job candidate stand out?

At Employer Insights on September 25, 2019, Lindsey Patruno and Ashley Martin, Senior Account Managers and Field Recruiters from Amica Mutual Insurance Company shared perspectives about strong job applicants, great interviews, …

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What Makes A Good Informational Interview Question?

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With access to hundreds of informational interview questions through just a quick search of the Internet, it might seem like a great idea to simply choose a few and set up your meeting. After all, there are websites that claim …

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Standing Out in Group Interviews

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What Is A Group Interview?

A group interview is when an employer interviews several candidates, at the same time, in the same room. The interview might be set-up in any number of ways. Sometimes the format is a panel with …

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Different Flavors of Academia

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Graduate students may be undecided about going into academia after graduation or they might be outright adamant about not wanting an academic job. But not all academic positions are created equal, and they might be narrowing their job search too …

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Should I Even Apply?

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An opportunity catches your eye, but your inner critic comes up with a long list of reasons why you aren’t qualified. You wonder…

 “Am I qualified? Maybe I am? No, I’m probably not, but what if I apply anyway? What …

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Staying Motivated – In Search of the Magic Wand

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We have all felt immobilized at one time or another, lacking motivation and falling into listlessness. Sometimes the feeling is induced by fear of the unknown or failure. At other times it occurs when 10 priorities are wrestling for attention. …

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REJECTION — Now what?

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It is difficult to receive a verbal or written job application rejection, or no response at all, and then eagerly move forward with one’s job search. For many, it is also challenging to process the experience and retain a sense …

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