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Professional Career Development

GSC Professional Development Workshops

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) strives to provide seminars and workshops that enhance the professional development of graduate students. K-State graduate students who attend at least five professional development events hosted by GSC during the academic year will be eligible to receive a GSC Professional Development Certificate.
Visit the GSC website to see a list of this year's GSC Professional Development Workshops.

Leadership Development

Graduate Student Leadership Program

The Graduate Student Leadership Development Program provides K-State graduate students an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make positive change in your work, studies, and student organizations. Through this semester-long experience, you will work with Leadership Studies faculty members and your peers to dive into challenges that are most important to you.

LEAD 502: Strengths-Based Leadership Development

This course builds upon the knowledge gained in the initial StrengthsQuest® assessment offered to all incoming Kansas State University students. Designed to provide a more formalized and extensive training, this course will benefit students who want to move beyond strengths identification and focus on strengths development. Students transitioning from academia to the workplace will find the course particularly timely and beneficial.

Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) Workshops

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) of Kansas State University supports graduate student teaching through its GTA Recognition of Achievement in Professional Development. Graduate students who attend at least 10 teaching events and complete teaching observation requirements will earn a certificate recognizing their completion of the program.

GTA Professional Development program information and schedule of events

Science Communication

Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI)

The Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI) seeks to engage communities in understanding, enthusiastically promoting, and actively participating in science and research. Our network of researchers, communicators, and community partners is working together to pursue this mission. Graduate students are welcome to be involved with KSCI committees. 

Science Communication Fellows Program

K-State graduate students are invited to apply for the 2016 Science Communication Fellows Program, coordinated by Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo. Fellows will participate in professional development workshops to enhance their communication skills, develop a hands-on educational activity, and engage the community with the educational activity at three public programs.

K-State Career Center

K-State's Career Center is available to assist all graduate students with their career readiness needs. The Career Center offers extensive career advising which focuses on resume/CV/cover letter development, interview prep, job search training, and networking. The Career Center also coordinates 7 career fairs every year, as well as many workshops, which help students connect to employers in their own, respective areas. The staff is dedicated to assisting graduate students in their own, unique career development process.

Other services and resources the Career Center offers are:

  • Career Closet- Provides free, professional clothing for students that you keep! ( Mon-Thurs, Noon-4pm)
  • Interview Rooms- Book one of our 12 interview rooms for free for mock interviews or to conduct your phone/Skype interviews in a quiet, secure place
  • Photo Fridays- Come and get a free headshot taken. Perfect for LinkedIn or other professional uses. (First and Third Fridays of every month)
  • Resume and Interview Guide- Available in both print and electronic formats, this guide is a wonderful resource which covers all aspects of the job search process offering action verbs for resumes, commonly used interview questions (behavioral and academic), resume/CV examples, cover letter outline, and even networking tips.

Call (785-532-6506) or stop by the Berney Family Welcome Center to set up an appointment with a career advisor!

Center for the Integration for Research, Teaching, & Learning (CIRTL)

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

Every year, CIRTL offers several event series to give grad students and post-docs the opportunity to engage with experts across the CIRTL Network, without the more intensive time commitment of a course. All of the CIRTL series run on a drop-in basis, with no obligation to commit to multiple sessions.

Visit CIRTL's 2015-2016 Cross-Network event series page for a full schedule of sessions and instructions on how to attend a session.

Additional Resources

AAAS Next Wave
Career advice and science policy information from The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Job listings.