Your graduate program gives you the content expertise for your career – but where will you learn how to become a strong leader, memorable communicator, creative innovator, and well-rounded person who succeeds?  In the Personal and Professional Development workshops you will explore what it means to be a leader in your profession, develop your personal brand, build your professional network, manage stress and time, and communicate effectively.

Graduate Students – Come join us for these engaging, interactive workshops that will equip you with the tools you need to be a success!

Spring 2014 Seminars


PFL On Demand workshops and seminars are available 24/7 to fit the schedules of busy graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. No registration required!

How Business Ideas are Born
Mr. Marshall Brain, founder of HowStuffWorks.com

How to Handle a Phone Interview Part 1
The PFL Team

The Informational Interview
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Preparing for the Job Interview
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Writing an Effective Cover Letter
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Writing an Effective Research Statement
Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Writing Federal Research Proposals
Ms. Jaine Place, Director, Proposal Development Unit


Fall 2014 In-Person Workshops

PDS: Stress Management
Leaders: Dr. Beth Overman & Dr. Beverly Savinsky
Location:  Friday, October 10th in the Health Center, Room 2301
Time:  2:00 – 3:30

The world of graduate school can be overwhelming and stressful.  Come join us as we explore the physiologic reasons for stress, compare different responses to stress, set goals to handle stress in a healthy way, and practice some stress-reducing techniques.

PDS: Communicating Your Value: Resumes, CVs, & Cover Letters
Leaders: Dr. Woody Catoe, Career Development Center
Location:  Wednesday, October 15 in Witherspoon 126

Time:  10:00 – 12:00

Resumes, CVs, and letters play a strategic function in the job search process with the primary goal being: Get An Interview. Poorly written documents can be a barrier to making this happen. This workshop will show you how to represent your skills, strengths and abilities as well as the potential value you have to offer an employer. Time will not allow for individual resume critiques in this workshop, but information will be provided that can significantly improve your resume. Individual appointments can be made with your career professional in the Career Development Center.

PDS: Beyond Networking: Navigating LinkedIn
Leaders: Jenna Hartwell
Location:  Tuesday, November 4th in 
Witherspoon 201
Time:  12:00 – 2:00

Are you interested in creating and maintaining a professional online presence?  Leveraging LinkedIn to grow your network?  Then come join us for this hands-on workshop where you will create a Linkedin account, grow your network, and learn to leverage it for your career goals.