Career Preparation

Career Preparation

OPD helps graduate students and postdocs plan and prepare for careers beyond UMass Amherst—and it’s never too early to start! We organize numerous events and activities to help you assess your values, skills, and interests; explore career paths; build professional networks; and navigate the job application process. Our OPD alums enjoy rewarding, impactful careers in academic, industry, government and non-profit organizations.

Adaeze Egwuatu, PhD student, Neuroscience & Behavior

Coming into UMass, I didn’t know many people who had earned a PhD, so there were a lot of transitions I didn’t know about.  I attended OPD events to learn more about careers I hadn’t imagined before, meet with professionals to expand my network, and begin the process of self-discovery to find the right career fit for me.

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Adaeze Egwuatu (PhD student, Neuroscience & Behavior)

Upcoming Events

Sep
20

The Research Statement (and the Academic Cover Letter)

Sep 20, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | 538 Goodell

How can you make your research stand out among a sea of applications? Participants will draft language about their research that can be used in all facets of the faculty application, including the research statement, cover letter, and in interviews. 

Sep
23

CV Basics

Sep 23, 2019 | 12:30pm - 1:00pm | 538 Goodell

Getting ready to share your CV in an application? Come to this short info session to learn what readers expect when they see your CV. After the session, you are invited to stay for the Academic Job Documents Writing Party where you can work on your CV and ask questions. 

Sep
23

Academic Job Documents Writing Party

Sep 23, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Academic Job Documents Writing Party

Submitting a faculty job application soon? Have your eye on an upcoming deadline? Come write in our quiet space with access to snacks. Drop-in when you can! You will also have the option to ask questions or receive feedback on your drafts throughout the afternoon. 

Sep
25

The Teaching Statement (and the Academic Cover Letter)

Sep 25, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | 538 Goodell

How do you talk about teaching on the faculty job market? What are search committees looking for? How can you stand out? In this workshop, you will draft language about teaching that is suitable for all facets of the faculty application, including the teaching statement, cover letter, and in interviews. Please feel free to bring your lunch; snacks will be provided. 

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Additional Resources

Your advanced degree opens the door to many career possibilities. New resources emerge daily to help graduate students and post doctoral students navigate this discovery process. Here are a few of our go-to resources.

Questions?

Contact us for more information on OPD’s Career Preparation workshops and assistance.

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