Summer 2018 Professional Development

Communication Strategies for Student/Advisor Success
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12 - 1pm | Union 3202

As a graduate student, you rely on research advisors, collaborators, etc. whose priorities and goals   may not always perfectly align with your own. What do you do if communication breaks down? How do you healthily assert yourself in difficult interactions? And where on campus can you turn for      guidance? Join Alice Broussard, Graduate Fellowship Advisor, and Colleen Smith, Dean of the Graduate Experience, to explore these issues in an interactive workshop. Bring your questions and concerns. We’ll explore positive communication strategies and connect you with additional resources. Hone these skills now and they will serve you for the rest of your life.  Register.
 

Intro to External Graduate Fellowships
Monday, June 4, 2018 

12 – 1pm | Union 3202

Fellowships allow you to set your own research agenda; they also carry prestige and help develop your career. In this session we’ll cover the basics, including where to search for funding and what goes into a successful application. Join Alice Broussard, graduate fellowship advisor, to learn about opportunities for full fellowships with stipends, travel grants, opportunities for research abroad, and more. External funding is not just for US citizens! We’ll discuss options for international students as well. Register.
 

Designing Your Life Reading Group 
Beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Continuing June 20, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22

All dates 12 – 1pm | Union 3606

Designing Your Life is "a framework for building a life you can thrive in." Based on the popular Stanford course, Designing Your Life, authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans challenge you to think like a designer. The Designing Your Life framework will help you identify your interests, revisit your goals, track your progress, and provide guidance for answering the question, What do you want to be when you grow up? Reading Group participants will be given a copy of the Designing Your Life Book and Workbook. Registration is required. Register.
 

Planning a Job Search Using LinkedIn and RPI's Joblink 
June 14, 2018

4 - 5pm | Union 3202

Join Christine Zinzow, Assistant Director of the CCPD, to learn more about planning a job search and how using LinkedIn and Joblink can help you in that process. We will discuss planning, organizing, and tracking your search. A LinkedIn profile, done completely and correctly, can be what helps or hinders your process. Learn how to market yourself and make yourself “searchable”. LinkedIn is not looked at as optional anymore… it is essential! To register for this workshop: Go into JobLink, click on the events tab, select workshop, and then RSVP.

 

Communicating Your Research To A General Audience 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

12 – 1pm | Union 3606

Have you ever struggled to explain your research? Found yourself rambling on when your goal was to quickly engage and inform your audience? In this workshop you’ll learn how to capture people's interest and then get straight to the point, and practice delivering this intro to a group for in-session feedback on both your message and delivery. Use these skills in conference talks and fellowship applications, with industry contacts, or anytime you need to communicate your work to a new audience. Or in next year's Three Minute Thesis competition! Register.

   

CV of Failures
Friday, July 13, 2018

12 – 1pm | CBIS Bruggeman Room

Behind every impressive CV, there’s an even longer list of “failures”—papers and grants rejected, positions not attained, etc. The road to success is winding and littered with disappointments—it’s normal! Reflect on the people and opportunities that have gotten you this far, and be ready to make the most of good fortune when it strikes. Register.

Executing A Job Search
July 17, 2018
4 - 5pm | Union 3202

Join Christine Zinzow, Assistant Director of the CCPD, to learn about executing a job search and how knowing where to look, who to connect with and how to connect with them can help you in that process. We will discuss application documents, sites and apps to use, and how to prepare and track your search. Learn how to market yourself and make yourself “searchable”. Increase your confidence by reaching out and requesting informational interviews, meetings, and connections. To register for this workshop: Go into JobLink, click on the events tab, select workshop, and then RSVP.

 

Assessing and Tailing Application Documents 
August 20, 2018
 
4 – 5pm | Fischbach Room (Folsom Library) 

If you are a person who uses the same exact resume/CV to apply to every job… that DOESN’T WORK! Why did you get an automatic rejection? How did that company know you were not a good fit? Why didn’t they even offer you a phone screening interview? Did you ever consider that the computer may have filtered you out before a human even had the chance to look at your application? Join Christine Zinzow, Assistant Director of the CCPD, to learn more about tailoring your resume/CV and cover letter to each job you apply to. We will discuss how to create a scannable and searchable resume/CV, use key words, and analyze read job descriptions to discover trends and themes companies want to see on your resume/CV.  To register for this workshop: Go into JobLink, click on the events tab, select workshop, and then RSVP.