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Backwards Design for Maximizing your Time in Graduate School

February 17, 2021

By Shannon N. Davis, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology

Edited by Austin A. Deray. Leadership and Advising, Graduate Student Life

 

It seems kind of silly but a question that many people ask new graduate students is, “When are you going to finish?” You begin your graduate program with a goal in mind and possibly even a deadline by which that you anticipate completing your degree. But how about we think about this differently. Think only about having your degree as the endpoint. Don’t you want your time that you spend pursuing your degree to yield not only the degree but also launch you into a successful …

“Am I on mute?” Interviewing for a Job in 2021

February 4, 2021

By Kristin P. Leonato, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, University Career Services

 

“Job interviews are the worst,” shared one of my University Career Services colleagues when she interviewed for her current role. Perhaps you agree? Interviews often feel like “the worst” for the people on both sides of the hiring process; hiring decisions have long-term impacts on an organization and for the person being interviewed. Yet interviews are also an opportunity for everyone involved to learn more and think critically about the best way to move forward.

For some, virtual job interviews feel even more complicated or overwhelming compared to in-person interviews. Adding the layer of technology can create …

Networking During a Pandemic Offers Graduate Students an Opportunity to Inform Recruiters

October 21, 2020

By Victoria Suarez, Assistant Director Employer Development, University Career Services 

 

An unexpected outcome of the current, social distancing reality in which we all find ourselves is that many organizations, institutions, and individuals have granted themselves the grace to try something unique.  It has been said that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and, in many cases, companies have wanted to dabble in virtual internships and remote offices spaces; however, only with the weight of Covid-19 demanding innovation have executives authorized these unproven initiatives. 

Of course, this phenomenon is not limited to companies; you, too, are innovating during the pandemic.  Whether in your role as a parent, student, employee, or friend, consider the myriad, previously inconceivable, actions …