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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 2016 On-Demand Workshops

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

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

Spring 2016 In-Person Workshops

Register for all workshops at go.ncsu.edu/pflevents.

Personal Branding
Leader: Marcy Bullock
Location: Talley Student Union, Room 4280

Date & Time: Wednesday, 2/3, 12:00 – 2:00p

Description: What happens when a potential employer googles you?  What can you do to manage your brand and be seen as an expert in your field? Identifying a private employer’s hiring needs and connecting your value is an integrate key to success. An effective personal brand will differentiate you from from other candidates in the job market, connect with recruiters, get job offers sooner, and command higher salaries. Personal branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique, relevant, and differentiated to a target audience.

In a job search a powerful personal brand can:
• Control what interviewers remember about you
• Transform your candidacy from one of thousands, to one-of-a-kind
• Enhance an employer’s desire to hire you
In this session you will define your personal brand and create messaging for your verbal pitch, résumé, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile.

Publication- Making Your Research Shine
Leader: Dr. Ben Mudrak and Research Square
Location: Talley Student Union, Room 3210

Date & Time: Monday, 2/29, 2:00 – 4:00p

Description: With the ever-increasing number of papers submitted for publication, getting accepted in the best journals is becoming more difficult. Ultimately, the power of a manuscript lies in its science, but high-quality presentation can help good science stand out among the sea of submissions. In this workshop, we will discuss helpful ways to write each manuscript section so that your findings can make their biggest impact. In addition to discussing writing, we will spend about half of the workshop specifically discussing practical tips for preparing figures. Most researchers are experts in their areas of study, not in graphic design. Still, figures are often the first thing that readers look at in a paper, and they can make a strong impact on reviewers. If you are currently writing or revising a manuscript, even if it is at a very early stage, please bring it along. There will be time to discuss specific sections and ask questions. Finally, we will briefly discuss communicating with reviewers and editors.

Preparing for the Job Search
Leader: Dean Maureen Grasso
Location: Talley Student Union, Room 3222

Date & Time: Tuesday, 3/1, 10:00a – 12:00p

Description: This is a session where you will learn about the “pre-work” that is essential for your job search. You will learn a process to identify your competencies that you can use in a cover letter, resume/vitae. You will learn a technique that will valuable in your job talk, in your resume/vitae, and in any annual review process. The information the Dean will present has been invaluable to her and others through out their careers. This is a session she has shared with graduate students over the last 10 years and has made a difference in their ability to communicate what they bring to a position.

Demystifying the Search Process: The View from the Search Committee’s Perspective
Leader: Dr. Peter Harries
Location: Talley Student Union, Room 3285

Date & Time: Tuesday, 3/15, 2:00 – 4:00p

Description: This workshop is devoted to exposing participants to the inner workings of search committees. It will include information about the major steps in the work of a search committee, how decisions at the various levels reached, as well as information about what makes an application stand out from the rest of the pool. It will consist of panel of faculty members that are leading or have recently led searches for faculty position from various programs across the university.

Care and Maintenance of your Mentor Relationship 
Leader: Counseling Center
Location: Talley Student Union, Room 3222

Date & Time: Wednesday, 3/23, 12:00 – 2:00p

Description: The student-mentor relationship in graduate school is incredibly powerful, and having a strong relationship with your mentor can dramatically improve your success in graduate school.  In this workshop, we’ll use case studies to analyze the best practices in communication and partnership with your mentor, discuss the pitfalls of mentoring relationships, and develop a plan of action for establishing and maintaining a healthy mentor relationship.