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


Time Management Strategies

Apr 2, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm | Online with OPD!

Strong time management skills are a requirement for success. 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 life.


Yes, Scholars are Using Linkedin and You Should Too!

Apr 8, 2020 | 1:25pm - 2:15pm | Online with OPD!

Are you missing out on jobs and internships? Searching in the right place is important, so is letting companies find you! Come learn how to use Linkedin and Handshake to find opportunities and set up a profile that will establish your reputation online. 


Working from Home

Apr 14, 2020 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | Online with OPD!

Our collective switch to working from home is unprecedented! The good news is that working from home can be a great experience and extremely productive. In this session, we will discuss setting up your work area, managing your time, and maintaining your work-life balance when it’s all in the same place! To close our workshop we will discuss the challenges that parents and caregivers face when working from home.


Email: How to Do It Better

Apr 15, 2020 | 11:15am - 12:15pm | Online with OPD!

Does it take you hours to draft an email to a faculty member? Do you write lengthy questions and explanations, only to not receive a reply for weeks? Come to this workshop to learn five key ways to improve your email etiquette in order to get your emails read and responded to.


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