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

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Resume Basics

- | Online with OPD!

Preparing for a job or internship search? This session will talk about the differences between a CV and a resume, help you understand how employers screen resumes, and provide tips for making yours stand out.

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Discover Your Skills

- | 538 Goodell, OPD Workspace

Employers want skills, but what does that even mean? What are your strengths and how does this relate to what you can do in the future? In this workshop, you’ll examine your skills with various assessments and we’ll have some robust reflection on your results and what they might mean!

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Resume Basics

- | Online with OPD!

Preparing for a job or internship search? This session will talk about the differences between a CV and a resume, help you understand how employers screen resumes, and provide tips for making yours stand out. 

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Decode a Job Ad: How Do I Know If I Should Apply?

- | 538 Goodell, OPD Workspace

Have you ever read a job ad and felt underqualified and overwhelmed? And how do you know if you’d even like the job? In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret the various common sections of a job ad, determine if the job is something you are interested in, and use this information to improve your application! (Please note that this workshop focuses on non-faculty jobs.)

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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.

  • Graduate students and postdocs may access the Handshake career platform managed by UMass Career Services. Create a profile today to access actual jobs, internships, and fellowships and to register for career-related events sponsored by each College’s Career Center. For students, access is automatic using NetID. Postdocs may request an account by emailing the appropriate college-based UMass Career Center.

Questions?

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

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