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Professional Identity

October 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Audience:Current Students


We know that PhDs and former postdocs have many options for careers outside of academia, but transitioning from academia can sometimes involve a professional “identity crisis.” This is why it is important for graduate students and postdocs to develop a professional identity that can withstand such transitions—one that is not tied exclusively to academia. In this workshop for all graduate students we’ll explore ways to build a robust and flexible professional identity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the importance of professional identity and the difficulty of transitions
  • Think about how your research interests and motivations for graduate study stem from or contribute to your identity
  • Consider the possibility of “job crafting” as a way of managing transitions

Workshop leader(s):

David Lafferty

All graduate students are welcome. If you are a TA, this session counts toward voluntary paid training hours, provided that you are working as a TA in the term when the training takes place.


Career Management