National Survey on Grad Student and Postdoc Physical and Mental Health
A national study is being conducted of grad student and postdoc physical and mental health, and you can be a part of it. The survey includes a question about the availability of professional development resources, because the researchers want to know (among other things) whether there is a relationship between the availability of those resources and student/postdoc health. All grad students (including Master's level) and postdocs are invited to take this online survey now.
Council of Graduate Schools: GradSense
April is financial literacy month. Be sure to explore the great resources available on the GradSense website. Information and tools for creating budgets, estimating cost of living and loan repayments, and navigating the job market are just a click away.
Events & Activities
City Year Information Session
April 15, 2016 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 41 Appleby Hall
At City Year, we believe education has the power to help every child reach their potential. However, in high-poverty communities there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to both get to school and be ready and able to learn.
Join us to learn how City Year is working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide.
#UMNCareerChat: Ugh, Networking?! Think of It As Relationship Building
April 27, 2016 | 12-1 p.m.
Do you have a fear of networking? You're not alone! Join us for an interactive Twitter chat about networking, its benefits, and strategies to overcome those common fears that often hold us back from building career-focused relationships.
Where: Twitter (using #UMNcareerchat)
Who: Open to students, alumni, staff, faculty and any interested participants on Twitter!
Alumni Lead Tweeters: Beth Bowman, @BethBowmanUMN and @studioloraine (CDES) | Shawn Haag, @shawnhaag27 (CFANS alumnus) | Roshini Rajkumar, @RoshiniR (LAW) | Gabriella Broady, @gabriellabroady (CLA, CEHD alumna) | Leslie Mulder, @leslieamulder (CEHD alumna) | Jamie Millard, @jjmillard (CLA alumna)
#UMNCareerChat: Leveraging Social Media for Your Job Search
The use of LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media platforms for job searches is a trend that continues to grow. The live event took place on March 23. However, you can view the entire chat via Storify. Whether you are a student preparing for your career launch or an alumnus brushing up on your personal branding skills, you may benefit from the insights shared.
Workshops, Seminars & Trainings
Innovating Innovation - Best Practices for Improving Your Return on Innovation
April 20, 2016 | 5:30-7:30 | McNamara Alumni Center
Moderated by TLI Gemini Chair, Kirk Froggatt, three accomplished Twin Cities business leaders will introduce a best practice they deploy to enhance their own return on innovation. The speakers will address the topics below, to be followed by small group discussions and Q&A. Attendees will have the opportunity to network from 7-7:30 p.m.
Best Practice #1: Architecting
Best Practice #2: Design Thinking
Best Practice #3: Lean Startup More information / registration
Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase
April 21, 2016 | 1-3:30 p.m. | Northrop
Join us for the Provost's Innovations in Teaching Showcase! This two-part event begins at 1:00 with a showcase and poster session featuring projects from two grant-funded initiatives: Experiments in Learning Innovation and Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology. Following the showcase, join us at 2:40 for a lively and inspirational plenary conversation among three faculty innovators: Professor Jodi Sandfort(UMTC - Humphrey School of Public Affairs), Professor Catherine Squires, (UMTC - College of Liberal Arts), and Dean Josh Hamilton (UMD, Swenson College of Science and Engineering). Registration required for the plenary as seating is limited. Register
Communication Breakdown: How to Effectively Connect Across Different Communication Styles
April 21, 2016 | 12-1 p.m. | Webinar
Have you had communication-related issues individually or on your research or school project team? Kelsey Meyer Schalkle is an experienced consultant and coach with over eight years working for Fortune 100 companies including Target, Mondelēz and Ernst & Young in various roles ranging from recruitment to leadership development. Join us for a webinar that looks at how communication can affect:
- Failing projects
- Consistent misunderstanding
- Challenging relationships
- Trouble delegating
- Long decision-making times
- Expectation setting
- Repeatedly making mistakes
- Low engagement and morale
- Gossip and rumor spreading
- Ineffective resource sharing
Scholarships, Fellowships, Jobs, and Internships
Federal Hiring Panel
April 21, 2016 | 4-5 p.m. | 223 Appleby Hall
Are you interested in federal employment, but are confused about the process or even the types of opportunities available to you? Come and enjoy free food while the panel discusses the following topics in a Q&A format:
- Benefits of working for the US Government
- Internships & Jobs within Federal Government
- Navigation of federal hiring process
- US Customs & Border Protection
- National Park Service
- US District Court of MN
- USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture
- US Department of Homeland Security - US Citizenship & Immigration Services
Job postings on Versatile PhD
Several terrific jobs have been posted recently on VPhD. Each of these jobs constitute excellent opportunities for grad students or new PhDs seeking to make the leap into an interesting non-academic career. To view these and other recently posted jobs, log into Versatile PhD using your UofM internet ID.
- Data Analyst at Disney Corporation (Burbank, CA)
- Consultant at The Education Advisory Board (Washington, DC)
- Technical Publications Lead at National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (DC or MD)
- Graduate Internship (12 months, paid!) at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic estate (Charlottesville, Virginia)
English Pronunciation for Academics: Does Tone Really Matter?
April 18, 2016 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Walter Library, Rm 101
Words are only part of the message; your tone of voice communicates volumes in U.S. academic settings. Learn how intonation (voice variation) may influence audience perceptions about your expertise, approachability, and intentions, such as asking a question or making a statement. Register here. Facilitators: Elena Stetsenko & Colleen Meyers
Developing Effective Presentations
April 19, 2016 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Mondale Hall, Rm 30
Designing and delivering a presentation in your second language can be an intimidating and challenging task. This workshop is designed to help international graduate students and postdocs improve presentation skills for professional and academic contexts. Through examples and interactive activities, participants will learn tips for planning clear and organized content, strategies for enhancing nonverbal communication and engaging the audience, and techniques for designing effective visual aids. (This is a complimentary workshop for the general one on Using Delivery, Design and Story Telling to Create Dynamic Presentations to address the unique challenges faced by English as second language learners) Register
International Student and Alumni Virtual Networking Hour
April 20, 2016 | 8-9 a.m.
University of Minnesota Career Services and U of MN Alumni Association are offering current international students a unique, free opportunity to connect with international alumni abroad to learn strategies for navigating the career search and to help build the networks to support those searches.
Students will be able to sign in from their computers, phones, or tablets to have a series of career-related text chats with international alumni organized by virtual industry "booths." You will end the session with a variety of new contacts and some great advice to guide your internship and job exploration and search. Register. For event details, log into GoldPass and used the advanced search feature under the Career Fairs/Events tab to find event #2952.