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Assessing Organizational Culture Through a DEI Lens

Koessler Room, 3rd Floor, Michigan League 911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, United States

How do you assess whether organizations are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)? Join us to learn about how to assess various aspects of an organization’s culture during the job and internship search process through a DEI lens. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of navigating this process and […]

Coffee Chats for Graduate Students: Networking for Career Success


“Networking” is a word that’s thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? In this coffee chat for graduate students, we’ll unpack what networking is, why it’s useful, and some strategies to make it worthwhile. In particular, we’ll focus on informational interviewing as a valuable approach to gathering career-related information, in addition to […]

The First-Gen Brand: Using Your Identity to Enhance Your Professional Brand


Whether you realize it or not, you are a walking billboard of your professional brand. The impact that your professional brand has on your experiences and opportunities within graduate school and beyond cannot be understated. Make sure you have the knowledge you need to utilize your brand to its fullest potential. In this virtual workshop, […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference—Taming the Impostor: Navigating the Ph.D. to Professional Job Search


Embarking on the transition from Ph.D. student to professional can be daunting, often accompanied by the emergence of impostor thoughts and feelings. This session provides a space for participants to discuss and explore the complexities of this challenge openly. Through evidence-based strategies and collaborative dialogue, attendees will gain practical insights to effectively manage impostor experiences […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference: Networking in Preparation for Attending a Conference


Conferences are a great opportunity to connect with others and grow your network. We also know that the idea of networking brings up questions (and anxiety!) for many, so we’ll spend time talking through approaches to networking, how to leverage networking tools that work for you, and demystifying the process. The session will include specific […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference: Talking Outside Your Field—Explaining Your Research During Your Industry Job Search


Are you a Ph.D. student seeking non-tenure-track or industry jobs? Do you struggle to explain your research to non-experts? Are you worried that employers won't see the value of your doctoral experiences? This workshop is for you! Join University Career Center Ph.D. Career Coach Tim Cavnar in an in-depth discussion of how to talk outside […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference: Harnessing Generative AI for Professional Excellence—Strategies and Applications


In this session, we will learn the potential of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools in various professional settings and how to integrate these tools into your career and professional development, including career exploration and job searches. As we navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the professional world and job market, staying ahead of the curve […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference Keynote Address: Finding My Voice—A Journey of Self-Advocacy and Belonging in Academia and Beyond

Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

This keynote dives into the experience of an international scholar navigating complex academic pathways and career choices. It offers a fresh perspective on forging a unique path with confidence and self-advocacy, engaging the audience with anecdotes of overcoming hurdles and celebrating triumphs. Beyond personal experiences, it invites exploration of the shared lessons we learn on […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference: Networking Lunch

Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Join us for an informal networking lunch with keynote speaker Roshni Rao and the panelists in the afternoon sessions. You’ll have the opportunity to grow your professional network with peers and professionals in a low-pressure environment. Ph.D. Connections is a career conference designed to support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in their exploration of career […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference: Careers for Humanities Panel + Networking

East Conference Room, 4th Floor, Rackham Building 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Panelists represent the Mellon Foundation, Human Rights First, Hanover Research, and the University of Michigan Ginsberg Center. Biographies coming soon! The first hour will be a facilitated panel discussion, comprised of Ph.D. holders working in different industries, followed by an opportunity to meet in small groups with individual panelists. The panelists will be available to network […]