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.

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Caroline Ladlow (PhD student, Geosciences)

Upcoming Events

Jun
16

Time Management Accountability Group

Jun 16, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!

One of the best ways we help ourselves manage time is by having a group to check in with. Join OPD and your fellow scholars every Wednesday for five weeks as we review strategies for good time management and set goals for each coming week. One pre-registration for the “Time Management Group” is required; attend one week or attend them all to get the most out of participating!
 

Jun
23

Time Management Strategies

Jun 23, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | 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. 

Jun
23

Time Management Accountability Group

Jun 23, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!

One of the best ways we help ourselves manage time is by having a group to check in with. Join OPD and your fellow scholars every Wednesday for five weeks as we review strategies for good time management and set goals for each coming week. One pre-registration for the “Time Management Group” is required; attend one week or attend them all to get the most out of participating!
 

Jun
30

Managing Procrastination

Jun 30, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online with OPD!

Even with our best intentions, we often put off doing the things we need to do. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? Come learn about the science of procrastination and concrete strategies to move past procrastination into productivity. 

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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.

Questions?

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

OPD workshop participants in discussion