Graduate school and postdoctoral training are both rewarding and challenging, and everyone needs support to make their time productive and positive. OPD offers programs to support resiliency, increase productivity, and strengthen interpersonal skills in a supportive, peer-based environment. Programs help you develop self-awareness, learn new strategies (time management, negotiation), engage others (mentors, networks), and overcome challenges (imposter syndrome, perfectionism, conflict resolution).
Time Management Strategies
Nov 12, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!
Strong time management skills are a requirement for success. If you struggle with time management—or if you don’t— learn how you can do more in less time. We will talk about systems and tips to increase your productivity and leave you more time to enjoy life.
Adopting a Growth Mindset
Dec 1, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Online with OPD!
Do you take failure hard? We all do, but the most successful scholars view failure as an opportunity. Learn how to grow from setbacks by adopting a growth mindset. While a fixed mindset tells us that we cannot improve, a growth mindset makes failure easier to bear and sets us up for success.
Setting SMART Goals
Dec 16, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:15am | Online with OPD!
Setting the right goals can make life easier and you more productive! Learn how to apply the SMART goal framework to design realistic goals that are clearly defined and easier to complete.
- The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, post doctoral students, and graduate students. UMass is an institutional member so all affiliated graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff can create a free account.