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September 2018

Mentoring Doctoral Students for Non-Academic Careers Faculty/Staff Luncheon

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CUB 210 Junior Ballroom East, Washington State University
Pullman , WA United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: Mentoring Doctoral Students for Non-Academic Careers Faculty/Staff Luncheon   Dr. Paula Chambers is  Founder of Versatile PhD, a leading web-based career resource that helps graduate students and new PhDs envision, prepare for and excel in nonacademic careers.  Based on her invited book chapter “Subject Matter Plus: Mentoring for Non-Academic Careers,” this presentation offers faculty a simple three-point plan for how to improve their mentoring in the area of non-academic careers, without adding much to their already-high…

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From Skills to Results: Re-Seeing Your Skills Through Non-Academic Eyes

September 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: From Skills to Results: Re-Seeing Your Skills Through Non-Academic Eyes   Dr. Paula Chambers is  Founder of Versatile PhD, a leading web-based career resource that helps graduate students and new PhDs envision, prepare for and excel in nonacademic careers.  After briefly telling her own post-PhD story, Dr. Chambers reveals what the PhD career pipeline really looks like (it is a branchingpipeline) and contrasts academic and non-academic understandings “results.” Then she leads attendees through a well-organized sequence…

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Making the Leap: Key Factors That Get PhDs Hired into Non-Faculty Jobs

September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: Making the Leap: Key Factors That Get PhDs Hired into Non-Faculty Jobs Dr. Paula Chambers is  Founder of Versatile PhD, a leading web-based career resource that helps graduate students and new PhDs envision, prepare for and excel in nonacademic careers.  It’s become commonplace to say that PhDs have many skills that are valued outside the academy. But what gets new PhDs hired into non -academic jobs, really? Drawing from a significant corpus of qualitative data, Dr.…

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October 2018

Resumes and Transferable Skills

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: RESUMES AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS   Dr. Isaiah Hankel (The Cheeky Scientist) This section details how to tailor an industry resume, for industry jobs. We will highlight the main mistakes that are made on a resume and how to overcome them. We will show jobseekers the right transferrable skills that hiring mangers and recruiters are looking for industry. In addition, the layout of a resume must allow the reader to gather information within 7 seconds. We will show career professionals what that layout looks…

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November 2018

Learning to thrive, not just survive: Developing resiliency in grad school- Tricities Campus

November 9
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: LEARNING TO THRIVE, NOT JUST SURVIVE: DEVELOPING RESILIENCY IN GRAD SCHOOL  Tri-Cities Campus Anna Whitehall, Clinical Assistant Professor With the many demands and challenges of graduate school, most students find themselves trying to survive.  What if this chapter could be more than just surviving?  In this workshop, we offer you valuable tools and skills that acknowledge the demands and challenges of graduate school and help you to shift your perspective to address them in a more…

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Writing Lock In

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING LOCK IN   Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Work for the entire four hours or come and go as you please. Coffee, tea, and very light refreshments will be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but there will be limited access to computers. Important notes: If you work best while listening to…

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February 2019

Hacking the Academic Job Market with Dr. Karen Kelsky

February 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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The Professional Development Initiative Presents: Hacking the Academic Job Market with Dr. Karen Kelsky   In this three hour talk with Q and A, I walk you through the conditions of the current American job market, the most common mistakes made by job-seekers, and the ways you can prepare your record, applications, and interviews. We’ll cover: The big-picture conditions of the U.S. tenure track job market How to think like a search committee The four core qualities of a successful tenure…

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Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big Data Part 2

February 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: DATA LITERACY: BUSTING MYTHS OF BIG DATA PART 2 Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta, Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics In this workshop we will focus on learning about the what, when, how and whys of data.  Data is pervasive these days and like it or not we have to use data to make decisions or others will make them for us.  In this workshop we will start from the basics and talk about…

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March 2019

Stress Relief and Mindfulness

March 6, 2019
CUB L60 (Butch’s Den), Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: STRESS RELIEF AND MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP   Presentation by: Dr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate school can be stressful, competitive, and extremely demanding. Graduate students experience high rates of burnout and mental health problems from unrelenting workloads and pressure. It takes time and practice to learn to slow down, do less, and take care of yourself. Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation training and how to realistically incorporate these practices into your…

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Writing Lock In

March 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE PRESENTS: WRITING LOCK IN   Are you writing your dissertation, thesis, a journal article, or other writing project? This event offers a quiet space for writers to work without distractions. Work for the entire four hours or come and go as you please. Coffee, tea, and very light refreshments will be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but there will be limited access to computers. Important notes: If you work best while listening to…

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