By integrating with the broader university, career development programming becomes an essential part of graduate education. Ideally, career development is institutionalized so as to be indispensable, yet remains independent enough to flexibly incorporate new ideas and meet trainees’ changing needs. Here are a few ways to integrate career development programing with the larger university.
- Expand programming to a broader audience, such as non-scientific disciplines, underclassmen, master’s degree students, and postdocs if you’re not currently serving them.
- Arrange with the central career services office to have staff dedicated to doctoral students.
- Integrate career development programming with supporting academic curricula and departmental events.
- Utilize university and local media for a steady stream of current communication.
- Broadcast trainee professional accomplishments and career outcomes data.
- Strengthen the faculty commitment. For example, make career goals and Individual Development Plans part of faculty mentoring conversations. Or use surveys to give faculty a voice in career development programing.
- Allow others to embrace career development successes as their own. For example, encourage deans to share career outcomes with trustees and the Council of Graduate Schools.