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Professional and Career Development

Participating in professional and career development opportunities is important to enhance and maintain your knowledge and skills as well as to help you grow professionally and advance your career.

Ohio State has many resources you may use to start developing your plan. Following are resources will help get you started.

University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)
Hosts workshops, seminars, events, and trainings on a variety of topics throughout the semester to enhance your teaching skills.

The Research Commons
Hosts events, workshops, presentations, and seminars are offered throughout the year on topics including planning research, grant writing, IRB submissions, and publishing.

OUAB’s Professional Growth Programs
Offer activities, such as etiquette dinners, writing teaching and research statement workshops, and individual development plan workshops.

Council of Graduate Students (CGS)
Provides graduate students funding and programming opportunities to enhance personal and professional development.

Alumnifire 
An online professional networking and mentoring program that connects Ohio State students and alumni from their program and in a variety of related career fields.

Preparing Future Faculty Program
Connects graduate students who are one or two years away from graduating with faculty mentors at partner institutions to learn more about being a faculty member at a liberal arts or small institution.

Versatile PhD
Offers an online support community of PhDs for those exploring non-academic career opportunities. Get access to examples of successful resumes and cover letters. Participation can be completely confidential.

Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement (EDGE)
A program engaging students in co-curricular involvement, training and experiential learning opportunities focused on diversity, social justice, service and leadership. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate to verify their experiences and training to employers.