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.
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.
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.
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.
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.