Personal Development

Personal Development

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).

Caroline Ladlow

I justified attending the workshops because I knew that going to a specific session was more efficient than me trying to figure it out on my own. I love learning by talking to people and having a resource there to help me tackle these big scary processes has been really comforting, efficient and beneficial. It’s always nice to know that you’re part of a community.

Caroline Ladlow (PhD student, Geosciences)

Upcoming Events


How to Accept and Apply Feedback

Nov 18, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | 538 Goodell

It’s very common to not enjoy feedback, but a huge part of graduate school and postdoctoral training is accepting and learning from feedback. Come learn how to switch from a defensive position to a growth mindset. Learn how to deal with the anxiety that comes with criticism and grow from good, bad, or just plain wrong feedback!


Time Management Strategies

Dec 10, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:15pm | 538 Goodell

Strong time management skills are a must in graduate school! If you struggle with time management—or if you don’t—come to learn how you can do more in less time. Learn the systems and tips that can increase your productivity and leave you more time to enjoy graduate school.


Additional Resources

  • 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.


Contact us for more information on OPD’s Personal Development workshops and assistance.

OPD workshop participants in discussion