Graduate Student Career Council History & Organization
The Graduate Student Career Council (GSCC) began in the fall of 2017. The Council is led by the Center for Career Development’s Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student Programs and Services, with guidance from the Assistant Director of Graduate Student & Postdoc Career Programs and Services.
Role of Council Members
Council members are doctoral students or doctoral candidates who are volunteers. Members provide insights and constructive feedback, engaging in career development advocacy and initiatives within their fields of study and departments. Council members can work on initiatives as individuals, with other Council members, or with a department-based team (graduate student association, etc.).
Members can select their type of involvement(s) from the following list of activities:
- Initiate a career workshop each semester for graduate students in your department (you do not have to deliver the career preparation, but would plan and manage the event.)
- Advocate for departmental support of, and engagement with, career preparation, including featuring career diversity and transparency of outcomes;
- Write a career-related blog each semester;
- Contribute to Center for Career Development events (panels in need of graduate students, Center event assistance, etc.);
- Collaborate with other Council members on creating and managing a Council-sponsored event.
All Council members are responsible for:
- Regularly promoting career-related programs and services in informal and structured ways within their department;
- Investing in their own career development;
- Providing insight to create and shape future career offerings for graduate students;
- Attending monthly Council meetings (Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr.)
- Developing knowledge about career services.
Applications are accepted through the summer, with occasional rolling applications for individuals who are already well-organized with how they would like to volunteer.
- Pursuing a doctoral degree at UConn that is housed at the Storrs Campus
- Enrolled in the full academic year(s) in which serving
- Commit to serve 1-academic year with the opportunity to renew role with approval from Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services
- Must be in good academic standing
The Graduate Student Career Council program is committed to creating an inclusive environment that encourages innovation and supports the communities and individuals the Center for Career Development serves. We strongly encourage the participation of individuals from all social identities such as race, color, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, age, national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, and gender identity or expression, as well as various life experiences and perspectives, military service, and past and current employment.