Graduate Career Development Webcasts

How you spend your time in graduate school will ultimately determine the type of academic position you secure upon graduating. This series will dive into some of the most important elements of teaching a course for the first time, building a powerful CV, managing your time, and more. But most importantly, our faculty will draw on their own experiences to demonstrate how to put these ideas into practice.


Past Sessions:

Surviving Your Comprehensive Exams: Lessons from Current PhD Students 

March 11, 2015 
3:00 pm EST Register!

Aside from your dissertation defense, the ‘comps’ (as they’re affectionately called) are about the most nerve-wracking trials by fire a grad student will endure. We’ve assembled a panel of recent PhD candidates who will offer insights from their experiences to help you with everything from developing successful studying strategies to dealing with stress as you prepare for the mother of all tests. Join them as you’ll: 

  • Pick up tips for managing your study time while still taking courses and doing research 
  • Learn how to enlist the help of others while you prepare 
  • Discover ways to set small, attainable goals 
Getting your First Peer-Reviewed Publication 

March 19, 2015 
4:00 pm EST Register!

Besides the oral defense the second most stressful ritual among grad students (and plenty of tenured professors we might add) is the publication peer review. All too often one minor slip-up can have serious adverse effects on an otherwise promising career. In this webcast you’ll discover the ins and outs of submitting an article that has the best chance of flying through peer review as we go over topics such as: 

  • Determining if it is better to submit an article now or later 
  • Identifying when an article is good enough for publication 
  • Learning how to turn a decent article into a great article 


Improving the Quality and Quantity of Your Publications 

March 24, 2015 
3:00 pm EST Register!

In academia it’s accepted that publishing is a way of life, but how does one separate the scholarly wheat from the chaff when it comes to quality? In this insightful webcast you’ll discover the finer points in the art of getting your work published in academic journals as an integral part of your career. Join our experts who will draw from their own experiences as you: 

  • Discover tips for continually writing toward publication 
  • Find new ways of soliciting and applying feedback 
  • Learn habits to increase the speed and quality of your written work 


Building Your Academic Reputation 

March 26, 2015
4:00 pm EST Register!

Your dissertation is a great start, but how do you truly burnish a stellar academic reputation that lasts? That takes practice and skills you won’t necessarily glean from an archive. Fortunately this webcast will lay out proven strategies you can readily employ and continue to use for years to come in order to ensure a long and successful academic career as you:  

  • Find new ways of soliciting and applying feedback from diverse opinions 
  • Discover tips for balancing multiple research interests 
  • Learn how to produce work that contributes to the field without pigeonholing you


Completing Your Dissertation

April 7, 2015
3:00-4:00 pm EST  Register!

Now that you’ve picked your topic and started your research, all you have left is getting it done! (Simple, right? Ha!) Not to worry. Attend our upcoming live session with Dr. Art Carden where he’ll help you learn how to manage your time effectively so you can complete your dissertation in a timely fashion and improve the quality of the final product.


Is Grad School Right for Me? Choosing between a PhD, JD, or an MBA 

April 21, 2015 
3:00-4:00 pm EST Register!

In this online session you’ll hear advice on from one of our expert faculty help you evaluate the rightness and wrongness of a graduate school program. You’ll learn how to weigh various programs and assess things like school rankings, costs, faculty specializations against your goals and interests. Hopefully you’ll pick up all the tools you need you for an informed decision about whether or not to attend grad school in the first place.


Building a Compelling CV

April 22, 2015
3:00-4:00 pm EST Register!

A CV is not the same as a resume, and the way you craft your accomplishments and experiences as well as how it’s laid out will have a huge impact on how you’re perceived as a scholar. In this session you’ll receive advice and suggestions on everything from what to include and how to organize it in order to craft a standout curriculum vitae.


Getting Everything Done as a Grad Student: Successful Time Management

April 14, 2015
4:00-5:00 pm EST  Register!

One of the top challenges grad school students face (as if you didn’t know already) is figuring out how to successfully balance that delicate triumvirate of work, studies and your personal life. And, as you might suspect, the better you are at it and the earlier on you form the proper habits, skillsets and attitude, the more successful you’ll be in achieving those milestone accomplishments in your career.


Co-Authorship and Collaborative Research

April 28, 2015
3:00-4:00 pm EST Register!

Co-authorship and collaboration in research have always gone hand in hand. And thanks to the influence of Google Docs, cloud computing, and other technologies today there are even more possibilities. But the age-old question has always been how does one go about creating a collaborative environment for productive output in the first place. Join IHS’ experienced faculty who’ll share some of their experiences and offer techniques on working collaboratively in the traditional way as well as within the new technological space:

  • Learn the value of collaborative research
  • Discuss ways to start collaborating while you are a graduate student
  • Explore a program that can fund co-authorship projects!


The PhD Tour: Alternate Career Paths with a PhD

April 30, 2015
3:00-4:00 pm EST Register!

Where is it written that after working hard to earn your PhD teaching legions of apathetic undergraduates would be your lot in life? That fact is, with your doctorate there are scores of fields you can thrive and profit from. And our IHS faculty will happily show you the tip of the iceberg and how to match the endeavor that’s perfect for your interests and skillsets.