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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
- An Individual Development Plan (IDP) combines personal assessment, career exploration, and skill building within a framework of goal-setting and accountability. Sample models include myIDP (designed for scientists) and ImaginePhD (designed for the humanities and social sciences).
- ChronicleVitae and InsideHigher Ed provide valuable career advice and access to job boards for careers in higher education.
- Still exploring? Read personal stories, research job families and learn “what people do” across a variety of occupations on From PhD to Life and ImaginePhD.
- Check with your UMass school/college Career Development office for additional on-line resources. For example, the College of Engineering Graduate Career Handbook offers general advice about resumes, cover letters, interview strategies and LinkedIn profiles that is relevant across many disciplines.
- Many professional societies offer valuable career-based resources and job boards that are specific to your discipline. Be sure to check yours! Examples include: Modern Language Association, American Historical Association, American Chemical Society, and National Postdoc Association.