Professional Development

Workshops & Events

Date Event Time Location RSVP
Tuesday, December 1 Converting Your CV to a Resume 3:30 - 4:30 pm Online Register Here*
Tuesday, December 8 Effective Cover Letters for Non-Academic Jobs 3:30 - 4:30 pm Online Register Here*
Thursday, December 10 To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc? Seminar 3:30 - 4:30 pm Online Register Here*

*We hope you can join us at this time, but in case you can't make it, register and you will still receive the recording of the webinar.


Upcoming Events & Workshops

Converting Your CV to a Resume

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Register for Online Webinar: https://bit.ly/USFCV2Resume

For a broad array of careers, a resume is a critical marketing tool in your job search. However, in academia, we use a CV to communicate our academic and professional history and accomplishments. In this session, we will discuss the differences between these documents, how to convert your CV to a resume, and strategies for writing an effective resume for a nonacademic job search. *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.


Effective Cover Letters for Non-Academic Jobs

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Register for Online Webinar: https://bit.ly/USFCoverLetters

A cover letter is an opportunity to demonstrate how your skills, experiences, and professional goals uniquely qualify you for a position. In this session, we will explore techniques to translate your graduate experiences for nonacademic positions and strategically tailor your cover letter to increase your chances of getting an interview. *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.


To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc? Seminar

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 3:30 – 4:30pm
Register for Online Webinar: http://bit.ly/USFPostdocInfo

Are you interested in becoming an independent researcher in academia, industry, or the government? Postdoctoral training may be the key to boosting you career prospects. In this session, we will discuss what is postdoctoral training, key factors to consider when deciding to pursue postdoctoral training, and how to find postdoctoral opportunities. *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.


Past Events & Workshops

Virtual Coffee and Conversation

Monday, August 24, 2020 from 9:00 - 10:00 am
Join us at https://tinyurl.com/GRADWOWCoffee

Prepare your favorite brand of coffee (or other morning beverage) and join the Associate Graduate Studies Dean and Campus Assistant Deans for a candid conversation with other graduate students! You will have an opportunity to ask questions or just find out information about graduate student life at the University of South Florida.


Virtual Trivia and Dessert 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join us at https://tinyurl.com/GRADWOWTrivia

Grab your favorite dessert and join us for an afternoon of trivia over university history and other points of pride. For more information, contact Gary Oliver at oliverg@usf.edu.


Building Connections Virtually through Music

Friday, August 28, 2020 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Join us at https://tinyurl.com/GRADWOWConnect

Join your fellow graduate students and connect virtually through the exchange of music, cultural, and traditional attire. Please join us with a sample of your favorite music (or music video) from your home country, region, state, or other examples of music you enjoy. Share with the participants why you enjoy this music. You are welcome to wear traditional clothing to represent your heritage. Lets’ learn from one another as USF Bulls!


Finding and Applying for Graduate Research Fellowships: Tips for Success

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, PhD, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Contact Kiri Kilpatrick for the recording of the workshop.

For graduate students seeking external fellowships for research, travel, or professional development, getting started is often the hardest step. In this session, Dr. Kiri Kilpatrick will give an overview of the fellowship application process, share tools to aid in your search for fellowships, and provide tips for preparing a strong application.


Tips on Copyright & Permissions for your Thesis or Dissertation

Presented by LeEtta Schmidt, Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, USF Libraries
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: http://bit.ly/USFGradcopyright

While you are researching or working on your thesis or dissertation you are making use of a wealth of different resources: published articles, books, images, software, datasets, etc. All, or almost all, of these things are protected by intellectual property laws like copyright. This session will introduce common copyright issues encountered during the research, publication, and the writing of theses and dissertations.


The Academic Job Search: An Overview

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, PhD, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: http://bit.ly/USFAcademicJobs

Interested in landing a faculty position? This workshop will provide an overview of the academic job search process. We will discuss the general application timeline, types of faculty positions and institutions, and tips for strengthening your candidacy during a challenging faculty job market due to COVID.


Crafting a Powerful 3MT Talk

Presented by Ruth Bahr, Associate Dean and Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Participating in the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) at USF or scheduled to give a 3MT or lightning talk at a conference soon? Then join us for this session where we will discuss tips for crafting an effective and engaging 3MT presentation.


Citation Management Tools

Presented by Maryellen Nash, Interim Director of Research & Instruction and Matt Torrence, Associate Librarian, USF Libraries
Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Recording Available. Request access at:
http://bit.ly/USFCitations

This session will provide you with an overview of the tools available for gathering and managing your citations. Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote Web help save time at every stage of your research process by collecting and organizing citations and generating bibliographies.


Career Exploration and Job Search Strategies

Presented by Chad Wallace, Career Consultant, Office of Career Planning
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: https://bit.ly/USFJobSearch

The Office of Career Planning in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies invites you to our first of many workshops for Fall 2020. This particular workshop will focus on helping graduate students with their career exploration and effective job search strategies, especially during a COVID-19 impacted job market. This virtual workshop will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.


 

Interviewing 101: How to Prepare for that Upcoming Interview

Presented by Chad Wallace, Career Consultant and Adelia Douglas, Career Consultant, Office of Career Planning
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: https://bit.ly/USFInterviewing101

Interviews are always an overwhelming, stressful component of the hiring process. Come to our online workshop session where Career Consultants in the Career Services office will provide you with tips and advice for phone, video, and in-person interviews. In this session, we will also go over some resources to assist with your interview preparations, do’s and don’ts in the interview, how to approach salary negotiations, and Q+As. *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.


Designing an Effective Academic CV

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: http://bit.ly/USFAcademicCV

In academia, we use a CV to communicate our academic and professional history and accomplishments. In this session, we will discuss how to build a well-organized CV and tips for tailoring your CV for different kinds of positions. *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.


Scholarly Profiles – Enhancing your Research Visibility

Presented by Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, USF Libraries
Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: http://bit.ly/USFScholarProfiles

Finding an effective way to promote research can help graduate students showcase their work as they near graduation and prepare for the job market. Creating a scholarly research profile offers one means to do this, with several different scholarly profiles to choose from. This workshop will discuss some of these, as well as how you can best present a strong research identity early in your career.


Individual Development Plans for Humanities/Social Sciences/Business/Education Scholars

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: http://bit.ly/USFIDPHSS

Crafting an Individual Development Plan (IDP) will help you align your academic and professional development with your career goals. This process is critical to your progress and success during your graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowship. In this session, we will walk you through the entire IDP process, including exploring Imagine PhD (an online tool), assessing your interests and skills, developing SMART goals, and preparing for an IDP meeting with your faculty advisor. This session is aimed towards scholars in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and Education (non-STEM disciplines). *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.


Individual Development Plans for STEM Scholars

Presented by Kiri Kilpatrick, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Studies
Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Recording Available. Request access at: http://bit.ly/USFIDPSTEM

Crafting an Individual Development Plan (IDP) will help you align your academic and professional development with your career goals. This process is critical to your progress and success during your graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowship. In this session, we will walk you through the entire IDP process, including exploring online tools to assess your interests and skills, developing SMART goals, and preparing for an IDP meeting with your faculty advisor. This session is aimed towards STEM scholars. *Register to receive a recording of the webinar.