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Career Navigators

Career Navigators is a cohort-based career exploration and transdisciplinary competency development opportunity for doctoral students at Arizona State University.

Program Overview

Doctoral students who participate in the Career Navigators program will be matched to a cohort of 10-12 fellow students in a related academic field.  

All cohorts will:

  • Attend panel sessions with ASU graduate alumni;

  • Participate in subsequent workshops on 21st-century competencies;

  • Develop an Independent Career Development Plan 


Alumni Panels:

Bimonthly alumni-led career talks allow participants to learn how adaptive skill sets featuring transdisciplinary competencies are the gateway to diverse careers outside academia.

Led by panels of ASU graduate alumni, these talks are opportunities for current graduate students to learn about how alumni across a variety of career sectors and levels have leveraged the transdisciplinary competencies gained in graduate education to survive, thrive, and advance professionally. Attendance required at all four sessions. 

  • Navigating 21st Century Careers: Access, Inclusion and Identity
    September 30, 2020 | 1 - 2 p.m. 

  • Navigating 21st Century Careers: Profiles in the Private Sector
    November 18, 2020 | 1 - 2 p.m. | Register now!

  • Navigating 21st Century Careers: Communication and Success
    February 24, 2021 | 1 - 2 p.m. | Registration coming soon

  • Navigating 21st Century Careers: The ‘I’ in Team
    April 28, 2021 | 1 - 2 p.m. | Registration coming soon 

Competency Workshops:

Competency workshops let participants refine their own individual career development plans (ICDPs) while honing their transdisciplinary competency skill sets.

  • Building 21st Century Competencies: On Identity and Inclusion
    October 14, 2020 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. | CN participants only

  • Building 21st Century Competencies: On Leadership and Success
    December 2, 2020 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. | CN participants only


Students must be: 

  • Enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Arizona State University 

  • Interested in creating an Individual Career Development Plan

  • Able to participate in all four Alumni Panel Career Talks and all four Competency Workshops 


The application for the 2020-2021 cohort  is now closed. Admitted students will be notified of selection in mid-September.