Ongoing Graduate Student Career Preparation Action Items
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Understand & Utilize Campus Resources
□ Become familiar with the services and resources that the Center for Career Development offers graduate students. http://career.uconn.edu/
□ Gain knowledge about any career preparation that occurs within your field of study at UConn or through your professional associations.
□ Learn about the programs and services offered by the Writing Center. http://writingcenter.uconn.edu/
□ Connect with programs at the Institute for Teaching and Learning to stay current with best practices in the classroom. http://itl.uconn.edu/
□ Read career-related announcements sent to you through the Graduate Student Listserv and other communication channels.
□ View The Graduate School’s centralized calendar of events. □ Consider enrolling in a UConn Certificate Program to build a specific skill set and knowledge base. http://grad.uconn.edu/
Create and Keep Professional Documents Up-to-date
□ Update or create your CV and/or résumé and review it each semester.
□ Keep an electronic portfolio of anything that you feel shows evidence of your accomplishments.
□ If you teach, compile student evaluation data of your courses.
□ Familiarize yourself with the content that is typically included in a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and/or Research Statement.
□ If embarking on an academic job search, periodically write down ideas of content to include in your Statement of Teaching Philosophy or Research Statement.
□ Create drafts of outreach content that you can adapt when desiring to connect with others for networking, informational interviewing, and/or future job search.
□ Ask people for recommendations while they still remember you.
Consistently Explore Career Fields & Career Paths
□ Become acquainted with industry specific job search websites. Identify employers of interest and also view actual jobs, familiarizing yourself with the experiences, skills, and training needed to be a competitive applicant.
□ Seek opportunities to develop career-related skills through campus and community involvement and workshop attendance.
□ Attend, network, and present at professional conferences.
□ Conduct informational interviews with people working in career areas of possible interest.
□ Consistently use LinkedIn to learn about peoples’ work.
□ Test various career paths through short-term career exploration activities, internships, or summer fellowships.
□ Identify funding sources for continued research if that is a career path option.
Create & Cultivate Your Digital Footprint
□ Conduct an Internet search on your name and see what comes up.
□ Create a strong LinkedIn and/or other electronic professional profile.
□ Contribute to conversations within professional groups and forums.
□ Consider creating a blog or consistently contributing to one in your primary and secondary fields of study.
□ Consider creating your own website with professional content.
□ Make choices about your digital involvements and create a rhythm to your participation.
□ Add videos of your best presentations or job talks to your electronic profile.
□ Explore using an electronic dossier service to organize and gather your professional materials.