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.

Adaeze Egwuatu (PhD student, Neuroscience & Behavior)

Upcoming Events


Resume and CV Drafting Party

Nov 26, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm | 538 Goodell

Are you getting your resume in order for job or internship applications? Or maybe your CV could use some updating? Come write in our quiet space with access to coffee and snacks – feel free to bring your lunch. Drop-in when you can! You will also have the option to ask questions or receive feedback on your drafts from OPD staff.


Interview Strategies

Dec 4, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | 538 Goodell

Many people find interviewing stressful – but it doesn’t have to be! This session offers a framework that can help you reduce anxiety and boost confidence. If you are considering jobs outside academia or non-faculty positions inside academia, this session is for you. A pizza lunch will be provided.


CV Clinic

Dec 6, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm | 538 Goodell

Now, while all your recent achievements from fall are fresh in your mind, it’s time to update your CV! Whether starting a new CV or adding to an existing one, this interactive clinic is for you. After a brief presentation on CV standards and common mistakes, you will have the remainder of the time to work on your CV, ask questions and receive feedback on your draft. 


Working in the US: OPT/CPT for Graduate Students

Dec 12, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | 538 Goodell

Ken Reade, Director of International Student & Scholar Services in the International Programs Office (IPO), will present the guidelines, limitations and application strategies for working/interning in the US with F-1 or J-1 Visas. Bring your employment questions about post-graduation, internships, OPT and CPT. A pizza lunch will be served. 


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.


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

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