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Professional Development Workshop: Developing a Roadmap to Marketability

Tue, July 12, 2:00 to 3:30pm, TBA

Session Submission Type: Professional Development Workshop


Don’t wait until your final year of graduate school to start thinking about jobs! In this workshop, we will discuss the state of the job market and how to research the expectations of academic and non-academic employers hiring new PhDs. Participants will identify the specific qualifications they will need to acquire to maximize their future marketability and develop a strategy for integrating their professional development and PhD completion.

Christopher L. Pallas, Professor of Conflict Management in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University, will draw lessons from his forthcoming book Doctoral Student Skills: Using Your Comparative Advantage to Succeed in Grad School and Prepare for the Job Market (Routledge, September 2022). Doctoral Student Skills offers a comprehensive overview of the key skills doctoral students need to succeed in their studies and prepare for academic and non-academic jobs. Revealing the often-hidden rules of graduate school success, it guides students through challenges like selecting a research topic, choosing an advisor, preparing for conferences, publishing their work, and entering the job market.

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