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What Else Can You Do With That?

Houchens 105

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When Sep 17, 2012
from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where Houchens 105
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Contact Phone 502-852-5882
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Description.   The career landscape has changed for graduate students. Job market statistics, shifts in funding for higher education, advances in technology, and new kinds of job opportunities have all contributed to a drastic change in outlook for job-searching graduate students. Although students are often encouraged to follow the path to the professoriate, this path may not be possible or even the best route for all.

In this session, participants will learn about the current context of the job market for graduate students, reflect upon their priorities for and expectations of post-graduate work, consider the multitude of options available both within and outside of the academy, and contemplate how to address any politics involved in moving towards a non-faculty career. Additionally, participants will develop a working plan for next steps towards post-graduate work. 

Attendees will receive resources, and three copies of the book, "So What Are You Going to Do with That?": Finding Careers Outside Academia, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius will be given away.
 
 
Learning Outcomes. As a result of attending the workshop, students will: 
• Explore how the current context of the job market impacts graduate students 
• Reflect upon their priorities for and expectations of post-graduate work 
• Consider a variety of job options available both within and outside of the academy 
• Contemplate how to address departmental politics related to their job search 
• Develop next steps in considering post-graduate work
 
 
Presenters.  Dr. Patty Payette and Dr. Michelle Rodems. Patricia (Patty) Payette, Ph.D. is the executive director of the “Ideas to Action” initiative and associate director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. The U of L plan, Ideas to Action (i2a), sharpens an existing focus on building undergraduate students' critical thinking skills, starting in the general education program and continuing through undergraduate major courses. 

Michelle Rodems, Ph.D., is program manager for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Michelle acts as a liaison between the graduate student professional development efforts of SIGS and the faculty professional development efforts of the Delphi Center. Michelle's research and professional interests include teaching and learning in higher education, educational technology and social media, and collaboration between faculty, student affairs, and academic affairs. 
 
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