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Are you interested in exploring career options outside of academia? Preparing Future Scholars (PFS) is a new interdisciplinary professional development program for graduate students. This one-year (fall and spring semester) course will help develop the skills you need in the 21st century workplace.
Get an insider’s perspective from distinguished leaders of industry, government and non-profit sectors. Learn and communicate with peers across disciplines. PFS will create a holistic learning community with interdisciplinary and career development skills for diverse employment sectors.
Admission to PFS is limited and requires the approval of the student's advisor or graduate program faculty director and the completion of one year (by the start of the fall semester) of the doctorate or MFA program. It is a two-credit course (one credit per semester).
To apply, complete the Professional Development Course Application at least one week prior to the start of the fall semester, and follow the instructions on the form to submit.
Need more information on the PFS course and can’t attend an information session? Review the PFF/PFS Presentation.
The goal of the Preparing Future Scholars (PFS) program is:
PFS is designed to develop and hone skills to be successful in your desired career field. Through seminars and assignments, you will:
Seminars will be held every other Friday. Topics will include:
Students attend a workshop on preparing a resume, then create/edit the resume, seek feedback from two professional mentors, and revise to reflect recommended changes.
Students also complete professional development workshops throughout the year to better prepare for the job search or to improve in an area that will make them more marketable.
Students interested in applying for admission to the Preparing Future Scholars program must meet the following conditions:
Graduate student eligibility:
Postdoctoral scholar (postdoc) eligibility:
Submit the following as one document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jennifer Cason, Director of Graduate Support Initiatives, email@example.com.