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Supporting Professional and Career Development in Graduate School Talline Martins, PhD Director, Office of Graduate Professional Development University of Florida Graduate School

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Supporting Professional and Career Development in Graduate School Talline Martins, PhDDirector, Office of Graduate Professional DevelopmentUniversity of Florida Graduate School

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Need for Professional Development : Career Trajectories

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UF Biomedical Science PhD Career Outcomes Beyond PostdocWhat They Do (N=465)

c/o Wayne McCormack

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Source: historians.org

History – US PhDs

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UF History PhDs 2004-2008

UF History PhDs 2009-2014

Source: historians.org

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Federal Initiatives

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• NIH’s “Broadening Experience in Scientific Training” (BEST) Program• $4 million effort across 17 institutions• IDP requirement, training grant standards

• NSF “Innovations in Graduate Education” Program• $4 million/year, 6-10 awardees/year• Postdoc mentoring plans

• NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Consortium• $1.7 million effort across 28 institutions

National Calls to Support Professional Development & Career Diversity

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Council of Graduate Schools

• Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement (2015)

• Professional Development: Shaping Effective Programs for STEM Graduate Students (2017)

• Promising Practices in Humanities PhD Professional Development: Lessons Learned from the 2016-2017 Next Generation Humanities PhD Consortium (2017)

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Need for Professional Development : More Effective

Graduate Training

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A successful graduate experience will equip students with the skillsand credentials to get a job in their career of interest.

The graduate program will provide them with the necessary technical and theoretical skills.

But students must also address the “soft skills” necessary for their success.

Succeeding in Graduate School

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

12c/o Scott Thourson

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Hierarchy of graduate student needs

13

Mental health, networking, awards, fellowships, internships, experience, skills, extra-curriculars, challenges, competitions, opportunities for growth

Classes, research/experiments, quals, proposal, exams

Institution, advisor, lab, funding, project, equipment

Publishing, conferences, presentations

Supportive lab group, feedback, mentors, advisor with best interest, co-advisor

Professionaldevelopment

Dissemination

Mentoring

Degree requirements

Resources

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Strengthen and complement academic rigor

YES

Negatively affect preparation in academic research and scholarship

NO

Professional Development and Career Planning

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Office of Graduate Professional Development

Initiatives

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SKILLS

Research Skills &

Knowledge

Effectiveness/Purpose

Communication

Management and

Leadership

Professionalism

Career Advancement

Research designResponsible conduct of research

Time managementSelf-care

Grantwriting

Public Speaking

Project managementConflict management

NetworkingHonoring commitments

Career exploration

Interviewing skills

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The Individual Development Plan

Set short-termgoals

Set long-term goals

Mentoring tool Living document

Structured Planning Tool

Build professional skills, meet interests

& values

Establish mentor/mentee

expectations, have difficult

conversations

Revisit yearly to assess progress and

revise goals

Productive and intentional training

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Workshops throughout the semester

Addresses specific skills

Livestreamed and recorded when possible

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Collaboration between the Graduate School, Career Connections Center, and the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture

Designed to cover all aspects of the job search from beginning to end

Received over 100 applications in 2 days

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Collaboration between the Graduate School, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and Center for Teaching Excellence

Will cover faculty expectations, best teaching practices, diversity and inclusion, and mentoring

Received over 90 applications in less than 1 week

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Biweekly newsletter

Highlights various professional development opportunities

Sent to all graduate students, grad coordinators, grad staff, and associate deans

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Graduate Program Initiatives at UF

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Current Initiatives and Suggestions

In curriculum:• Navigating PhD course• Grant writing course• Non-technical communication

course• Effective presentations• Group/team projects• Internships• Career exploration seminars:

connect with alumni• Diverse committee members:

industry/govt/non profit

Extracurricular:• Serve on faculty search committees• Organize dept seminars• Service: complete department

projects/assessment• Creative graduate assistant positions• Teach short modules in faculty courses• Develop own special topics course: ex

Uncommon reads

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High-Impact Initiative

• Useful for recruitment initiatives• Clear picture of first jobs out of program

– insights into how programs should/should not change

• Pool of possible donors• Possible consultants/steering committee• Connections and directions for current students

Enhance tracking of alumni!

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Questions?

Talline [email protected]