Damiao Zoe Xu

Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Programs and Services

Damiao Zoe Xu

Zoe is the Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student and Postdoc Programs and Services at the Center for Career Development. She develops and facilitates programs that aim to increase and enhance graduate students and postdoctoral fellows’ knowledge and skills in career development .

Before joining the Center, Zoe worked in various positions at different universities. She was an instructor and later an online learning specialist. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Learning, Leadership and Education Policy with a concentration in Adult Learning at the Neag School of Education.

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Lessons learned for Career Preparation via Non-academic Graduate Assistant Experience

Graduate Assistants from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School shared in a recent article in Carpe Careers what they learned from their career preparation experience while working in non-academic projects. The four lessons they learned are:

1) finding multiple mentors …

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Explore Your Career as If You were Doing a Research Project

Like many graduate students, after two or three years in school, I find myself more prepared for research projects than exploring careers. The two seemingly distinct tasks – exploring careers and doing research – actually share a lot of commonalities. In a …

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Employer Insights for Graduate Students Applying for Jobs in Consulting: 3 Tips from Representatives at Slalom

Employer Insights, an event held every semester, invites speakers and representatives from different employers to connect with graduate students and offer job and career prep advice on their industry fields. In a recent session, Slalom’s Talent Acquisition Manager Eric …

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Expand Your Career Options: A Career in Consulting for Graduate Students

The field of consulting has attracted many graduate students from various academic disciplines. A panel of UConn alumni addressed myths about consulting and shared tips with graduate students on preparing for a career in consulting during the event, Expand Your …

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From a Doctoral Student in Philosophy to a Higher Ed Professional: Emma Bjorngard-Basayne’18 Ph.D.’s Success Story

UConn alumna Dr. Emma Bjorngard-Basayne18 Ph.D. Philosophy is currently an Academic Advisor at the Office of Undergraduate Advising, UConn School of Business. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at the Stamford Campus, UConn. Her career journey suggests …

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Interview Preparation: A Reflection on Mind, Body, and Soul

Are you seeking a new lens and insight for preparing job or internship interviews? Jillian Ives, PhD candidate in the Neag School of Education’s Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy program offers a fresh perspective on interview preparation that might help …

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5 Open Online Course Providers for Advancing Your Career

What is your purpose in taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)? Some might take it for leisure and fun, while others are just for curiosity or sheer love of learning. There may be another important goal of engaging in …

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3 Tips for Developing Skills Outside of Your Graduate Degree Program

As a graduate student, you might become competent and confident in your research and/or teaching skills, your abilities to think critically and write persuasively after receiving training in your graduate study. Yet, it’s likely that what you have acquired prepares …

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InterSECT Job Simulation Platform: Where Doctoral Students Can Explore Career Paths

Imagine this: you just started thinking about your future career, and hope to find out information about careers you are interested in, or you feel stuck in a career that you are not satisfied with, and want to give a …

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Taking Care of Yourself in Your Busy Academic Life

Self-care has become a buzzword since the pandemic. Psychologists have called for self-care practice particularly for people in occupations that are more susceptible to stress, such as social workers, nurses, clinicians, etc.  However, the graduate student community has also experienced …

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