Grad Student Career Development Opportunities

* The Questioning Career Transition Group (Flyer Attached)
* Life at a Liberal Arts College talk (Flyer Attached)
* How can researchers leverage social media? talk

* Perfecting Your Presentation in Brief Professional Encounters talk

April 13-May 11, 9-10:30am OR 11am-12:30pm, Career Services Center, Round Room
Questioning Career Transition Group (QCTG) for PhDs


This unique, five-session series of classes helps doctoral students through the often difficult decision-making process of whether to pursue an academic faculty career or an alternative. Past participants range from 1st – 8th+ year PhD students with some questioning the completion of their doctoral degree and others their career trajectory upon earning a PhD.

Upon completion of the group, participants felt more confident in:

  • Their ability to pursue career choices that correspond with their life priorities, interests and personal values.
  • Identifying their transferable skills and accomplishments acquired as a Ph.D. student.
  • Taking control of their career decision making process.
  • Recognizing how their personality type and interests are compatible with potential careers.
  • Achieving their career goals!

“100% of past participants would recommend this course to a fellow PhD student!”


April 15, 9:00am – 1:00pm,  Career Services Center, Horizon Room




Interested in teaching at a Liberal Arts College, but not sure what to expect? Join us for a morning discussion and networking lunch with faculty and administrators from Middlebury College and Williams College, who represent LADO (Liberal Arts Diversity Officers), a consortium of 24 liberal arts colleges and universities. This is an opportunity to learn about careers at liberal arts colleges and to get specific advice about how to prepare for the application process in advance as well as when you are actually ready to enter the job market.


Across the LADO consortium of schools, there were ~125 tenure-track faculty openings last year (along with roughly two dozen fellowship and post-doctoral opportunities). LADO is particularly interested in attracting graduate students and postdocs from historically underrepresented groups to the event and to apply for faculty positions at these schools. More information can be found about LADO on the website In early fall the LADO consortium will provide our institution with a list of faculty searches at the 24 consortium schools that we will distribute to graduate students and postdocs.


April 22, Noon-1:30pm, UCSD Faculty Club
“How can researchers leverage social media?”
Faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to a free seminar that will address how social media can be a powerful tool for UC San Diego community members to share their work, network with colleagues on campus and around the world, and learn from others in their fields.

The event will feature brief talks by three social media savvy academics: Nora Williams, assistant research scientist at Rady School of Management; Alison “Alie Astrocyte” Caldwell, graduate student in neurosciences; and Clinton Tolley, associate professor of philosophy. Each will share their experiences with social media, from using YouTube for science communication to joining the conversation on Twitter, and the tips and tricks they’ve learned along the way. 

Social Media for Campus Researchers and Faculty

Friday, April 22, noon-1:30 p.m.

UC San Diego Faculty Club

Register on Eventbrite


May 5, 5-8pm,  UCSD Faculty Club
“Perfecting Your Presentation in Brief Professional Encounters”, by invited speaker Lamar Rutherford, presented by the UCSD Women in Science.
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