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Professional Development

GSC strives to provide informational meetings, workshops and forums that enhance the professional development of graduate students. The council promotes interdisciplinary activities to enrich graduate students' education beyond their own disciplines. The council also sends out information on various seminars held across campus every week to the council members to be shared with their graduate student groups. Many events are also archived and available online.

Professional Development Certificate

K-State graduate students who attend at least five professional development events hosted by GSC during the 2015-2016 academic year will be eligible to receive a GSC Professional Development Certificate.

If you have any questions, contact the GSC officers at egsc@k-state.edu.

Fall 2015 Events

Building Your Professional Network, September 23, 2015

Professional Development Series 1
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015,  3:30-5 pm,  Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union

The GSC "Building Your Professional Network" event will feature guest speaker Rebecca Robinson, Director of Economic Development for the K-State Institute of Commercialization. This event will focus on building and maintaining your professional network in various contexts.

Topics covered during the session will include:

  • creating an online professional profile
  • utilizing social media to build your professional network
  • networking in person at conferences and other professional events
  • how to use business cards for networking

Order K-State business cards from University Printing by completing the Business Card Order form.  Consult with your department head or graduate program director to find out whether this cost may be billed to the department or if you will need to purchase the cards with your personal funds.

Graduate students who plan to attend the Networking and Etiquette Dinner on October 7 are encouraged to attend this seminar to gain networking skills that can be practiced at the Networking and Etiquette Dinner.

Networking and Etiquette Dinner, October 7, 2015

Etiquette Dinner
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:30-7 pm, Alumni Center

The second annual GSC "Networking and Etiquette Dinner" will feature guest speaker Keira Mann. This interactive event will begin with a networking session at which graduate students will utilize the networking skills they learned at the Building Your Professional Network seminar. Then, throughout a three-course meal, attendees will learn about and practice proper dining etiquette and will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding networking and dining etiquette.

The cost for students is $20.00 and is NON-REFUNDABLE. This event is for Graduate Students only.

RSVP's are due no later than Thursday, October 1st.

To RSVP and submit payment 


Finding and Applying for Your First Job, October 15, 2015

Finding and Applying For Your First Job

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:30-5:30 pm, Flinthills Room, K-State Student Union

Graduate students will interact with faculty and other professionals from various departments on campus and professionals from the Manhattan community. The session will begin with a panel discussion where faculty, staff, and professionals will provide helpful information regarding the job search and application process. Following the panel discussion students will breakout in roundtable sessions to interact one-on-one with professionals from fields similar to their own.

The panel members include: Dr. Perla Reyes- Assistant Professor of Statistics, Dr. Eleanor Sayre - Assistant Professor of Physics, Kevin Mokhtarian, Associate Director, Career and Employment Services, Dr. Curtis Matthews- Assistant Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications, Marc Shaffer - Principal, Searcy Financial Planning and Dr. Brenda Oppert, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service.  

Mastering the Interview and Job Talk, November 10, 2015


Mastering the Interview

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 12:00-1 pm, Rooms 206 and 207, K-State Student Union 

The final Fall GSC professional development event, "Mastering the Interview and Job Talk," will include two breakout sessions: one focused on industry jobs and the other focused on academic jobs. Guest speakers will discuss how to plan for and execute an effective interview and/or job talk. These breakout sessions will also be a great opportunity for students to ask questions of professionals in fields similar to their own.

Bring your lunch and learn how to talk the job talk! Light refreshments will be served.