Day: July 19, 2012

Graduate School Is a Means to a Job

It’s easy while you’re in graduate school to forget that there is a goal at the end – to get a job.  It’s wise to start planning your career before you even begin graduate school so you can stay on track to beginning your career.  This article from the Chronicle describes the three stages of career planning for graduate students:

  • Before you begin graduate school,
  • Early time in graduate school, and
  • Final time in graduate school.

Find great advice to help you achieve your career goals.

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Grim Job Talks are a Buzz Kill

This article from the Chronicle discusses five of the biggest mistakes candidates make when presenting a job talk at a university.  You’ll learn:

  • Why identifying your audience is important,
  • What committees are looking for when they evaluate your talk,
  • How to tailor your topic to your audience,
  • How you can demonstrate your teaching ability while giving a research talk, and
  • How to deal with the unexpected.

This article will also be helpful for students working on a seminar for their department or defense.  These are great opportunities to practice your speaking skills and get feedback from your peers.

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The Adviser and Committee

This article from the Chronicle raises some interesting questions about how advisors and committee members can work together to help a student write a dissertation.

  • How often should the committee meet?
  • What type of advice should they give a student?
  • What happens if there is an impasse?

Although written for advisors, students will learn from this overview of different models. The article talks about all fields and the differences between them as well.

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