Graduate Student Professional Development

You have studied hard and now you are thinking about your career. When should you start thinking about professional development? When should you apply for a job? What is the difference between a CV and a resume? What about my visa status? These are just some of the questions you are asking or will be asking soon.

Dr. Yingjiao Xu, director of Ph.D. programs for the Wilson College of Textiles, has put together some resources and services to help our graduate students with their professional development. The goal is simple: help you achieve your career goals. Some of our offerings include job search assistance including personal mentoring in preparing a resume, curriculum vitae CV, and cover letters; links to useful information to assist you in your career and our TECS/CoAT teaching certificate program in collaboration with The Graduate School.

  • What is the difference between a “job” and a “career”?  A job is something you have to do to support yourself. A career is something you want to spend your life doing.
  • When should you start thinking about professional development?  Now.
  • When should you apply for a job?  About one year before graduation. Most jobs are advertised in Fall and most job interviews occur late Fall and early Winter.
  • “I am not going to be a faculty member. Why should I be interested in the TECS/CoAT program?”  The training you receive in communications, effective questioning, establishing credibility, and leading a team (the class) to achieve their goals is highly valued by industry. If you do want to become a faculty member, this training demonstrates your dedication to teaching and helps you prepare a teaching portfolio for your application.

We will help you in your career development throughout your time here. As your career advances, we hope you will help our future students achieve their goals.