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Workshop Series

The Graduate School Workshop Series offers students the opportunity to learn from members of the Graduate School and various other offices on campus about guidelines, processes, opportunities, and possibilities for assistance. The individual sessions cover a wide range of topics and will be offered each semester.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate School.

Spring 2024

Our Full Schedule of Spring 2024 Events Will Be Available Soon!


Career Preparation

Illinois State University has partnered with Beyond Graduate School and Beyond the Professoriate to offer Graduate Students access to a comprehensive set of career preparation tools. Participate in live webinars or access the library of content on your own schedule. 

Beyond Graduate School (Master's Students)

Beyond Graduate School is a one-of-a-kind, online platform that helps master’s students make the most out of their investment and build their careers. From video lessons on career exploration, to writing application materials, to interviewing and negotiating for that next career step — Beyond Grad School helps master’s students through each stage of their job search.

To log in, visit Beyond Graduate School, select Illinois State University, and enter your ULID and password.

Upcoming synchronous events offered through the Beyond Graduate School Platform

December 6, 2023 at 6:00pm and December 13, 2023 at 3:00pm: Is Your Resume Not Getting You Interviews? Here's Why.

January 31, 2024 at 3:00pm: What Employers Value About Your Degree

February Series - every day at 3:00pm February 25th - 29th: How Master's Students Can Land Jobs And Gain Work Experience

  • February 25th - What master's students need to know about the hiring process (pre-recorded)
  • February 26th - Why you must network and 3 things to avoid doing
  • February 27th - How to write resumes that will get read by hiring managers
  • February 28th - Tips for job searching as an International student
  • February 29th - How to unlock the hidden job market

March 13, 2024 at 3:00pm: Finding People To Network With On  LinkedIn

March 27, 2024 at 3:00pm: Maintaining And Growing Your Network

April 10, 2024 at 3:00pm: How To Prepare For Interviews

April 24, 2024 at 3:00pm: How To Make The Most Out Of Your First 90 Days


Beyond the Professoriate (Doctoral Students)

Beyond the Professoriate’s Career Training Platform is an online professional development tool where postdocs and doctoral students can explore career options and learn job search strategies. Through two programs of study (Academic Careers and Professional Careers), students are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs.

To log in simply visit Beyond Prof’s Career Training Platform, select Illinois State University, and enter your ULID and password.

Upcoming synchronous events offered through the Beyond the Professoriate Platform

December 13, 2023 at 11:00am: What We Learned About Job Searching in 2023.

January 17, 2024 at 11:00am: What Can I Do With My PhD?

January 31, 2024 at 11:00am: 3 Common Mistakes PhDs Make In Their Job Search

February 14, 2024 at 11:00am: How To Find A Job You'll Love

February 28, 2024 at 11:00am: How To Write An Academic CV That Will Make You Stand Out

March Series - every Wednesday from 11:00am - 11:30am: How To Decide Between An Academic And Non-Academic Career

  • March 6th - Introduction to optimal career pathway/career satisfaction
  • March 13th - How to identify your values
  • March 20th - How to identify your most marketable skills
  • March 27th - How to research career options best suited for you

April 10, 2024 at 11:00am: Overqualified or Underqualified? How PhDs Can Communicate Their Value To Employers

April 24, 2024 at 11:00am: How To Use This Summer To Prepare For Your Faculty Job Search