Student 1 – Undergrad considering a Grad Degree (very rare) Student 2 – Masers student needing guidance (usually from a discipline with few pipleines Student 3- Doctoral Student
PREP Model offers something for everyone Introduction, including intro of Assistant Deans, Dr. Judith Stoddart and Dr. Rique Campa Welcome New Graduate students and TELL Story of own application process. STARTING AND COMPLETING YOUR GRADUATE DEGREE IS HARD WORK BUT YOU CAN DO IT! How many of you are Masters level, Ph.D., How many of you know exactly what you want to do when you complete your graduate degree? PREP: Is the graduate schools career and professional development model designed to help you develop professional and finish your graduate program--Part of what we do for the graduate school is research what looks to successful completion of a graduate degree and what leads to a successful job search upon completion. The PREP Model is built on scholoarship. TAP, Setting Expectations and Resolving conflict, Career and professional development, grad wellness and life, responsible conduct of research When students begin to plan fully to achieve their goals and to exercise their strengths, the effect is synergistic—they get more done and are more connected to the community for support. Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to Michigan State University. My name is Matt Helm and I am director of PhD Career Services and Graduate Student Life and Wellness. This morning I will be presenting alongside my colleagues Dr. Judith Stoddart and Dr. Rique Campa. We work for the Graduate School at MSU, specifically designing career and professional development programs. Our goals for this morning are to expose you to our PREP Model so that you can “make the most of your graduate school experience”.
Help students understand the goals of graduate education, your professional development What are the skills and professional attitudes and behaviors that you need to be successful in your chosen discipline What is your ideal first position when you get your PhD or Masters? Academia, industry. What strategies will you use in your job search (info interviewing, networking, presenting at conferences. Resiliency—students who stay exhibit certain behaviors –stress management, conflict resolution, communication skills, PREP programs and resources if used intentionally will help you secure position. Plan for your success.
Transitions are inevitable, our role as leaders is to orient people toward transition in a positive and generative way. Not negative: THE meaning we imbue on the change: Positive/Negative, goal: to recognize the beauty when its painful, What happy know, the more painful the change the more growth that can occur=optimism. Anecdote about my own life: Caden, Rob, Me, Transitioning to marriage
In the course of your degree you will hear us use the terms professional development and transferable skills. Socialization: the formal and informal process by which you acquire the knowledge/expertise, abilities, skills necessary for entrance into your professional— Continued process of learning and growth throughout your career—PREP is lifelong learning. In the course of your doctoral program, you will be developing a set of transferable skills : practical abilities that are fundamental to success in graduate school and in a range of professional contexts, from academia to industry, corporations, agencies, state and federal government. What are the skills that you believe are important to develop in graduate school?
-Primary essential skills and how to put each one of the skills “to work”. -Diversity of skills for those students who will have various academic and nonacademic career trajectories—not just research intensive universities.
Identify your goals Educational goals Career goals
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DON’T Assume that graduate students havecareer search skills in tact Assume graduate students haveresearched the possibilities Assume they are receiving support fromtheir departments
What Some Research Tells Us: Students are not asking important questions at key stages, andprogram administrators are not providing essential information as partof the socialization process. Career and professional development guidance is often missing in thesocialization process for students. Guidance on how students might develop or adapt their professionalskills for settings outside academe is not part of the preparation ofmost doctoral students (Austin, 2002, p.105).
Change vs. Transition•Change and Transition are not the same•Change is an event or shift in the external situation•Transition is the psychological reorientation in response tochange.
Exploring Outside of Academia CanBe Frightening Confusing Amazing Liberating Empowering
PhD Abilities1. intelligence, ability to learn quickly2. ability to make good decisions quickly3. analytical, inquiring, logical-mindedness4. ability to work well under pressure and willingness to work hard5. competitiveness, enjoyment of challenge6. ability to apply oneself to a variety of tasks simultaneously7. thorough, organized and efficient8. good time management skills9. resourceful, determined and persistent (and able to live on $2K/month!)10. imaginative, creative11. cooperative and helpful12. objective and flexible13. good listening skills14. sensitive to different perspectives15. ability to make other people "feel interesting"Employers in all fields are looking for people with these traits
20 successful PhDs in non-academic careers wereasked ...“Of the many skills you developed while in graduate school, whichones are the most valuable to you now?”Finding one’s own path and taking initiative with little assistanceAbility to work in a high-stress environmentIndependenceMaturityComputer skillsCircumventing the rulesLearning to seek out problems and solutionsAbility to persuadeAbility to createAbility to work productively with difficult people
Transferable skills1. ability to function in a variety of environments and roles2. teaching skills: conceptualizing, explaining3. counseling, interview skills4. public speaking experience5. ability to support a position or viewpoint with argumentation and logic17. ability to make the best use of "informed hunches"16. ability to suspend judgment, to work with ambiguity15. ability to acknowledge many differing views of reality14. ability to do advocacy work13. ability to problem-solve12. ability to investigate, using many different research methodologies11. ability to evaluate critically10. ability to combine, integrate information from disparate sources9. ability to organize and analyze data, to understandstatistics and to generalize from data8. knowledge of the scientific method to organize and test ideas7. ability to implement and manage all phases of complexresearch projects and to follow them through to completion6. ability to conceive and design complex studies and projects
Professional developmentProfessional developmentSSocialization and integration into a professionalocialization and integration into a professionalcontext and the continued process of learning andcontext and the continued process of learning andgrowth throughout a career.growth throughout a career. Transferable skillsTransferable skillsPractical abilities that are fundamental to success inPractical abilities that are fundamental to success inprofessional contexts (academia to industry,professional contexts (academia to industry,corporations, and agencies)corporations, and agencies)
Graduate Student Life &WellnessConnecting you with the resources you need forsuccess & a well-balanced life in graduateschool.
Research Says…Graduate Students who embrace wellnessand get involved are more successfulacademically, more likely to complete theirgraduate degrees, and more desirable toemployers.
Becoming Your Own ManagerBecoming Your Own Manager5 Strategies for Success5 Strategies for Success1.1. Take responsibility and ownership for yourTake responsibility and ownership for yoursuccess.success.2.2. Know available resourcesKnow available resources3.3. Think aheadThink ahead4.4. Have a plan!Have a plan!5.5. Identify (and deal with) obstaclesIdentify (and deal with) obstacles
PLANNINGPLANNING for career and professionalfor career and professionalgoals-entry to exitgoals-entry to exit Planning during graduate school helps youPlanning during graduate school helps youidentify and achieve your professional andidentify and achieve your professional andcareer goals.career goals.
RESILIENCE and tenacity through multiple career and life stages Resilience--the ability to adapt effectively to adversity or change. To be resilient in graduate school, you must adapt to the expectationsTo be resilient in graduate school, you must adapt to the expectationsplaced upon you.placed upon you. Wellness: The integration, balance, and harmony of mental, physical,Wellness: The integration, balance, and harmony of mental, physical,emotional, and spiritual well-being through taking responsibility foremotional, and spiritual well-being through taking responsibility forone’s own health. Wellness assumes that the whole is greater than itsone’s own health. Wellness assumes that the whole is greater than itsparts.parts.
ENGAGEMENT in decision-making andskill development Engagement in your discipline and in yourpersonal and professional development iscritical for enhancing transferable skills,expanding your professional network, andcreating partnerships and collaborations.
PROFESSIONALISM in research,teaching, and service Professionalism-- how you reflect on what youProfessionalism-- how you reflect on what youdo in your discipline and the types of attitudes,do in your discipline and the types of attitudes,standards, and behaviors you demonstratestandards, and behaviors you demonstratethroughout your career.throughout your career.
JobSearch/Resumes, interviews,researching options(Networking)FocusingWhich organizations are a good fit?What do I need to be competitive? Whocan connect me to these organizations?(Networking)ActionPlanExplorationWhat’s out there? What options do I have? What jobs fit myskills? What careers and industries can use them?(Networking)Self AssessmentWho am I? What are my interests? What kinds of skills do I have? Whatare my work-related values? What is my work style?Graduate Student Career DevelopmentalProcessAdapted from Peter Fiske: To Boldly Go: Practical Career Advice for Scientists, Workshop at MIT, April1998. Modified from Stanford University Career Development Office.EarlyMIDLate
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Discussion Starters What are the needs and challenges ofgraduate students on your campus? What elements could you incorporate toenhance graduate student experience? General thoughts?
Action Steps Name 3 things you could do to improvecareer services for graduate students onyour campus?
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