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The goal of PFx is to help you begin to think strategically about the knowledge you are developing as researchers and masters of your art and how to mobilize that knowledge inside and outside the academy.
PFx is developed to
Coursework helps you identify different types of institutions and their key differences, explore multi-career pathways aligned with your own strengths and interests, and develop a plan to successfully find employment opportunities (CV/résumé construction, research pitch and communication beyond the discipline, professional digital portfolios, etc.).
PFx meets every other Friday on the Tempe campus.
Topics may include:
Students locate CVs of recent hires and job postings from institutions in differing classifications using the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ to explore the characteristics of different institutions. They write a short self-reflection paper outlining the findings and the correlation to their own professional aspirations.
PFx includes workshops on preparing curriculum vitae (CV) and résumé. Students create/edit their documents, seek feedback from two faculty mentors, and revise to reflect feedback.
Students complete one in-person professional development workshop each semester to prepare them for the job search, build skills, and to encourage networking. Students can also apply for a career development allowance. They will propose and participate in internship related activities to enhance their career aspirations. Proposed activities can include, but are not limited to, a series of in-person informational interviews or participation in a half-day long set of activities with a self-identified nonacademic mentor at the mentor’s place of employment. These on-site activities would be similar in nature to a job shadow program. During an on-site visitation, the PFx student will also provide a talk about the value of their research to the given field or industry.
To complete the course, you will register for PFx in both the fall and spring semesters. Although consecutive enrollment is not required, you must take the fall semester of PFx before enrolling in the spring semester.
PFx Fall 2017 course information:
Topic: Preparing Future Faculty & Scholars (PFx)