GPS Workshops: Grad Pathways for Success

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The Graduate School offers several free, interrelated workshops each academic year designed to help our students succeed throughout their academic journey at Baylor and even beyond graduation. The workshops are branded as GPS Workshops: Grad Pathways for Success under the auspices of the Baylor University Graduate School.

Publicity and administration of the workshops, including participant registration and recruiting instructors and supporting presenters, is handled through the office of Dr. Beth Allison Barr, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development.

The Graduate School offers several free, interrelated workshops each academic year designed to help our students succeed throughout their academic journey and beyond graduation. The workshops are branded as GPS Workshops: Grad Pathways for Success under the auspices of the Baylor University Graduate School.

Publicity and administration of the workshops, including participant registration and recruiting instructors and supporting presenters, is handled through the office of Dr. Beth Allison Barr, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development.

Spring 2021 Virtual Workshops (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

 

All Career Stages

Graduate Writing Center
  • Baylor’s Graduate Writing Center is a resource housed within the Graduate School.  Staffed by advanced stage doctoral students from various disciplines, the GWC offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, and writing group placements. Our resources are available to all graduate students, and we can help with any writing project at any stage. All GWC resources will continue in a virtual capacity for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester. Visit our blog for more info.

  • Consultations

    In preparation for consultations, consultants spend at least one hour reading and compiling feedback on your document based on your concerns; they will then discuss this feedback during your scheduled meeting. To schedule: Send your document to GWC@baylor.edu. Along with your document, tell us your program, degree, and your primary concerns with the document. The GWC coordinator will let you know they’ve received your email and pair you with a consultant who will reach out to schedule an appointment directly. Please try to give us several days’ notice before you would like to meet.

  • To access GWC resources click here

 

Early Career

Begin with the End in Mind: Envisioning Your Academic Career throughout Your Graduate Career

Graduate Student Orientation, August 10, and AVAILABLE asynchronous online

Ever felt "behind" before you even got started? It is a common feeling for graduate students in the busy world of academia. Finishing your degree and moving on in your career are challenging enough without the added anxiety of wishing you had done more and known more about those next steps during your graduate studies. This session will address the development of a personal "career curriculum" to coincide with your graduate school curriculum. Come get your warning, but also advice and encouragement, and hear what Baylor has to offer to help, including an overview of the rest of the GPS workshop series, with our recommended order.

Sneak Peek: Finishing your degree and moving on in your career are challenging enough without the added anxiety of wishing you had done more and known more about those next steps during your graduate studies.

Includes: Warnings, advice, encouragement, and what Baylor has to offer.

 
Alt Ac Careers
April 6, Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion ~ TBD

Are you a doctoral student who isn’t sure a faculty position is for you? “Alternative academic” careers refer to careers outside of the academy or jobs outside the professoriate but within other spheres in the academy. Learn more about some of these alternative career options and how to navigate the job search.

RSVP HERE

 
Step Up Your Scientific Writing

Sneak Peek: Join the Graduate Writing Center and the Graduate School as they discuss the best ways to improve your scientific writing.


 


Mid Career

Why a PhD Alone Isn’t Enough with PYPhD

February 8 - February 15 ~ Asynchronous Virtual Presentation Followed by a Synchronous Q&A February 15, 1:00 

Fewer than 1.2% of Americans hold a PhD, which would make it seem ultra-rare and valuable, right? Well, then, why do fewer than half of graduating PhDs end up in academia – the typical career path? Although a doctorate is designed as training for a job in academia, the number of PhD positions is unrelated to the number of job openings. Meanwhile, business leaders complain about shortages of high-level skills, suggesting PhDs are not teaching the right things. While this is changing, albeit slowly, it is still up to you to decide how to diversify your CV and make your PhD experience stand out in the crowd.  

Baylor Graduate School’s Grad Pathways for Success is partnering with Present Your PhD to dive into three key ways to set yourself up now for the job market later: communication service, and funding. Sign up now to access the asynchronous workshop available 02/08-15/2021 with a synchronous Q&A session 02/15 @ 1 pm.

RSVP HERE

 
Compose Yourself Workshop

February 23 - March 2 ~ Asynchronous Virtual Presentation Followed by Synchronous CV Workshop March 2

Asynchronous video: The curriculum vitae (CV) has for years been the basic "unit of currency" in academic hiring and career development. At its most fundamental, the CV establishes your credentials, qualifications and experience. But can a CV do more? How can your CV and cover letter work together? This workshop video teaches the considerations of both content and structure in CVs and cover letters that apply in different situations. Learn more about ideal content, customization, pitfalls to avoid, and tips to improve both documents. We’ve also included the documents below: CV and cover letter templates—as well as examples of real graduate student CVs and cover letters—on which you might model your own. 

Synchronous Workshop:  After you’ve completed the video portion of the virtual workshop, join us on March 2nd for a CV workshop in which faculty and Graduate Writing Center Consultants will give real time feedback on your CV. Sign up for a 10-minute slot via the scheduling tool on Canvas after registering for the workshop.

RSVP HERE

 

  • We recommend downloading the following documents appropriate to your field to go along with this workshop. 
  • Humanities 

  • Social Sciences 

  • STEM

 

Primed for Success: Becoming a "Quick Starter" in your First Academic Job with Dr. Wright
March 18, Synchronous Virtual Presentation & Discussion ~ 12 - 1 pm

Some new faculty enter their work situations and soon their careers are energizing and productive. Others become frustrated, unproductive, and burn out quickly, leaving behind a trail of effort without success and ill feelings toward institutions or even the whole idea of a profession in higher education. This session draws upon research and reflection on these two diverging experiences. What differences lie behind them? There are skills and working styles evident in quick starters that you can use to help yourself as new faculty. Join us as Dr. Lenore Wright leads us through a discussion on how to navigate a new faculty position. 

RSVP HERE

 


Late Career

How to Interview

ONLINE: must be watched before participating in Mock Interviews

Eventually, paperwork gives way to people work, and the academic job search turns to interviews and campus visits. This workshop focuses on the interviewing phase of the academic job search. You will learn about different types of interviews, multiple rounds of interviews, on-site visits, employer/applicant expectations, and protocol. What can you do to avoid common pitfalls and put your best foot forward? The session closes with a word on what to wear, and serves as a springboard for the next session, the mock interviews.

 

Sneak Peek: Interviewing is a skill, especially now in our new virtual world. Learn the basics of how to interview well in any format (virtual, in person) and tips to perform your best. 

Includes: Different types of interviews, format of interviews, how to prepare for interviews (including what to bring with you), ideas about how to dress, and even social interaction suggestions. 

We recommend downloading the following documents to go along with this workshop. 

 

Mock Interviews 

ONLINE: TBD ~ Synchronous Virtual Mock Interviews with special times assigned on an individual basis

Stimulate your job search preparation by participating in a simulated committee interview. You choose the position (hopefully one you are actually applying for), and we gather a mock hiring committee made up of volunteer faculty and administrators who will interview you for it. The interview lasts 40 minutes, immediately followed by a 20-minute debriefing between 'candidate' and 'committee' to discuss strengths and areas for improvement. The entire session (interview and debriefing) lasts one hour and a video recording of the session is provided to the participant for further review. (Note: Participants must watch the "How to Interview" workshop online prior to the mock interview event.) Please note: These mock interviews are for people pursing faculty positions only. Those interested in non-faculty positions should contact the Office of Career and Professional Development to set up a mock interview.

Please email Becca Cassady (Becca_Cassady@baylor.edu) to register for this event. 

 

Formatting Workshop

Sneak Peek: Discover the steps required for graduation for students drafting their dissertation or thesis. Along the way you will also learn how to format your dissertation and thesis properly, as well as ensuring that you have all the necessary paperwork.

Includes: Process of filing for graduation, Dissertation and thesis formatting instructions, Signature page instructions, Helpful tips for the preliminary review. See more information on Completing Your DegreeForms for Degree Completion, and Dissertation and Thesis Resources.

 

 

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