September 11, 2023

Grad School Fall Blitz - Industry Career Symposium

Grad School Fall Blitz - Industry Career Symposium
Please share this information with graduate students and postdocs in your area.
The Graduate School’s annual Fall Blitz event will take place on Tuesday, October 10th (during fall break) from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
This year’s event will feature Dr. Jennifer Polk, founder of “From PhD to Life.“ Dr. Polk offers career coaching specifically geared toward the needs of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
This event is free and will be held virtually through the Zoom platform. Please see the list of sessions and the accompanying descriptions below.
How to Chart Your Career Next Steps Even If You Have No Idea What You Want to (or Can) Do
  • Challenge prevalent misconceptions about diverse job markets and career paths.
  • Recognize and articulate the broad applicability of research, teaching, and academic experiences in various career contexts.
  • Navigate the evolution from a primary academic identity to a multifaceted professional one.
  • Craft a "focus statement" that integrates academic accomplishments and broader career aspirations.
How to Build Authentic Connections Online Without Having to Pretend You're Someone You're Not
  • Identify strategies to effectively present academic credentials and experiences on LinkedIn for expansive career exploration.
  • Develop a LinkedIn "About" section that weaves academic achievements and interests into a compelling professional narrative.
  • Identify best practices for conducting informational interviews to gain insights into various roles.
  • Update and refine your LinkedIn profile and activity to align with evolving career insights, goals, and priorities.
How to Turn Your Academic Accomplishments into Compelling Resumes for Awesome Jobs
  • Decode job advertisements to discern alignment with academic experiences and skills.
  • Transform academic achievements into impactful resume points applicable across various roles.
  • Utilize the STAR method to contextualize both academic and other experiences compellingly.
  • Adapt resumes to reflect the depth and versatility of academic training, catering to diverse job roles and expectations.
How to Win at Job Interviews Even If You Hate Talking About Yourself
  • Explain the value of employing the SOART and STARLnG methods to respond to behavioral interview questions.
  • Practice (in writing) crafting concise and impactful interview responses using the suggested storytelling methods.
  • Develop answers to the most common non-behavioral interview questions to start strong and leaving a lasting positive impression.
Those interested in attending must register at the following link:
Please Note: Participants must have a GoSignMeUp account to register for this free event. See the Step-by-step instructions for creating an account. 
Allison "Ali" Loy (s/h)
Professional Development Events Coordinator
Office of Graduate Professional Development
The Graduate School
Ernest Young Hall, Room 160 | 155 S. Grant St. | West Lafayette, IN 47907
o: 765-496-6149