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A collaboration between the Graduate School and the Graduate Professional Council (GPC), Grad Ed Week is held annually in the fall semester

October 11-15, 2021: Career Pathways
(all programming will be virtual)
Register for events on the Gateway, unless otherwise noted

A pdf version of the schedule may be found here: GEW Fall 2021

Monday, October 11

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. So, you’re interested in Grad School?
    Considering a graduate degree? Get insight on how to navigate the process – including admissions, interviews/campus visits, and tips for preparing your application.
    *designed for undergraduate students but open to all
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Student-led research studies
    Presented by staff from the MU Institutional Review Board (IRB).
    To obtain a Zoom link for this event, email:

Tuesday, October 12

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Exploring diverse career pathways
    A variety of career options exist for students earning advanced degrees. Let’s talk strategies for expanding the job search and marketing skills in unique ways.
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Writing a diversity statement
    Understand the essential elements of composing a document that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:

Wednesday, October 13

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Versatile PhD
    Overview of an online resource designed to help grad students identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. The Versatile PhD platform is free to MU students.
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where to publish your research
    Learn more about publishing as a way to support your scholarly development and career exploration. Presented by the MU Libraries.
    Register at:

Thursday, October 14

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Three ways to fight back against imposter syndrome in your job search
    Tips and strategies for overcoming feeling like an imposter as you explore new career fields and begin applying for jobs outside of academia. Presented by Beyond the Professoriate.
    Register at: and select Free Events
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The postdoc life
    Current postdocs will share their experiences with applying, finding a mentor, funding, and preparing for the job market.
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:

Friday, October 15

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Storytelling workshop
    Learn and practice the tenets of communicating your research and experiences. Begin developing a brief research talk for both scholarly and public audiences.
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The job search … where to begin?
    A discussion on where to search for jobs, followed by guided time to work on the CV, resume, cover letter, & LinkedIn profile.
    Register on the Grad School Gateway:
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