Core Skill: Career Development
Career Development is the process through which people develop and achieve professional goals. It involves assessing one’s career values, interests, and skills and actively exploring career fields of interest through networking, mentorship, and gaining relevant professional experiences to expand one’s competencies.
Rackham offers several annual career development programs, including “What’s Next? Career Paths for Ph.D.s” (annually in spring term) and “Designing Your Life” (annually in fall term). Rackham also regularly offers workshops on career development topics, from preparing CVs and cover letters for an academic job search to alumni career conversations. Check the Rackham events page for these annual programs and workshops.
Rackham embedded Career Center Coordinator for Graduate Student Career Advancement: The University Career Center is providing career coaching appointments in the Rackham building for doctoral students.
Academic careers, writing a teaching philosophy, productivity in grad school.
Confidential career consultations and workshops on diverse career options.
Nationally recognized program to prepare Ph.D. candidates for the academic job search and faculty positions.
Michigan Engineering workshops to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders.
Fellows assess the technical and market potential of new U-M inventions.
Career and professional development for biomedical post-baccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees.
Information on non-academic careers for Ph.D.s, A.B.D.s, and master’s degree holders.
Career exploration and planning for humanities and social-science doctoral students.
Career exploration and Individual Development Plan tool for STEM doctoral students.
Upcoming Career Development Events
- Thursday, September 20, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
- Friday, September 21, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
- Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
- Thursday, October 4, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
- Saturday, October 6, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm EDT
Contact Professional and Academic Development
1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: (734) 647-4013
Fax: (734) 936-2848
Professional and Academic Development is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.