Alumni Conversations @ Executive Board Room, Rackham Graduate School
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join Rackham alums Kate and Tom Kush for lunch and a conversation about career exploration.

Kate and Tom Kush earned their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the humanities from the University of Michigan in the 1970s. Having pursued successful careers outside the academy, they recognize that our nation’s economic prosperity depends on the skills of its researchers, teachers, analysts, and thinkers. Kate recently retired from Fidelity while Tom is still at MathWorks, a corporation that specializes in mathematical computing software. Their career experiences impressed on them the importance of training the next generation of scholars in the sciences, engineering and math, especially underrepresented students in the doctoral pipeline.

Space is limited to 20 people. Lunch will be served. Pre-registration is required at

Crafting an Effective Resume for Jobs in Publishing @ 3154 Angell Hall
Feb 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Emily Thomas, a former Romance Languages and Literatures PhD student who now works for JSTOR, will be joining us to talk about her career path and also how to write effective resumes. Feel free to bring a draft of a current resume or CV to make this a more hands-on workshop.

To RSVP, please email Amanda Greene

The Academic Job Search; Preparing for Interviews and Negotiating Wisely @ Rackham West Conference Room
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The academic interviewing process encompasses three different stages of interviewing, each presenting its own challenges. This workshop will help job seekers in all academic disciplines in their search for faculty positions. Detailed information and practical tips on interviewing and negotiating future offers will help you prepare for your future career.

Registration is required here:

Gaining Traction: Career Exploration for Ph.D.s in the Social Sciences and Humanities @ Rackham Assembly Hall
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
This half day session includes a three-part workshop to help kick-off career exploration and engagement for students in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Students will identify skills for diverse careers, develop their elevator pitch, and hear from a variety of Ph.Ds about their career paths.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Pre-registration is required. Students can register HERE
9:00 am – 9:15 am – Registration, Breakfast and Welcome
9:15 am – 10:45 am
Identifying Transferable Skills: Connecting to a Broader Array of Careers
This session focuses on identifying the skills you have gained in your graduate work and their applicability to other career paths. You will be guided through a process for translating the skills you have acquired and asked to consider how the skills you’ve cultivated while in graduate school might apply to a broader array of career opportunities.
11:00 am -12:00 pm
What’s Your Elevator Pitch? Selling Your Skills
This session focuses on learning to convey elements of your professional story and ‘brand.’ Participants will practice translating and framing their skills, experiences, and
career interests for a broader audience in a concise and accessible way.
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Concurrent Career Panels
These concurrent sessions will feature Ph.D.s who have put their doctoral training to use in a variety of areas. The Social Science Panel will be held in the West Conference Room and Humanities Panels in the East Conference Room.
Panelists will share:
· How they made the transition to their career path.
· Concrete recommendations on what students need to do to be successful in defining their career paths.
· Targeted advice on how to prepare for the broader job market.
PhD Connections: A Career Conference
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm – 6:00 pm

April 13, 2018

Register Here for the University of Michigan’s First PhD Connections Conference

PhD Connections is a new, one-day career conference designed to support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in their exploration of career paths beyond academe. Co-sponsored by the University Career Center and Rackham Graduate School, PhD students and postdoctoral scholars will learn about non-faculty career opportunities through selecting from a series of eight panels with over 30 PhD’s working in diverse fields, and workshops focused on career exploration and job search preparation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the keynote presenter, Fatimah Williams Castro (Founder and CEO of Beyond the Tenure Track), who will kick-off the day’s events.