Skills Series

Career Design

The PhD Plus Career Design skills series takes place over 5 interactive sessions. This series is best suited for PhD students in years 2 and above, and Postdoctoral Scholars at all stages of training. Upon successful completion (75%) of this series, PhD students are eligible for a non-credit credential (PhDP 9100) on their academic transcript. 

This series is typically offered every semester and is strongly recommended for participation in the PhD Plus Internship Program. 


GHSS 7050 - Professional Life After Graduate School (aka “Career Design for the Humanities”)

Earn 1 credit, or a non-credit credential!

Thursdays 1-2 pm | In Person

This course for PhD students in the humanities or humanistic social sciences in years 2-5 is based on the PhD Plus Career Design series, in which students explore diverse post-PhD careers paths and professional development strategies to prepare for life after grad school. (Syllabus here).

Topics covered include 

“Designing” your professional life   ·   Assessing career options   ·   Building a professional community   ·   Identifying skills valued in different careers  ·    Setting and reaching goals  ·   Panel discussions with humanities PhD recipients currently working in a range of careers

PARTICIPATION OPTIONS (both options 1 and 2 put you in a good position to apply for a PhD Plus internship):

  1. For Credit – students can register for this class in SIS (GHSS 7050: Professional Life After Graduate School) and earn 1 credit (graded pass/fail) for taking the class. If you choose this option, you must commit to attending the full semester. Excessive absences will result in failure of the class. (NOTE: In SIS the class is currently scheduled for 3-4 pm Fridays – this will be changed to Thursdays from 1-2 pm)
  2. For Credential – students who aren’t able to commit to the full semester may attend the first 6 sessions (Jan. 18 – Feb. 22) and complete the IDP assignment to receive a non-credit credential (called “Career Design”) on their transcript (credentials will only be added to transcripts with student permission). To sign up for this option, register here by January 15:
  3. Other – all humanities PhD students will be invited to attend any of the online career panels in weeks 7-11. Those interested in attending one or more of the other class sessions without earning the credit or credential may reach out to the instructor (Kelly Oman, [email protected]) for permission (this option may be limited due to class size and topic).

PARTICIPATION MAY BE LIMITED and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to those who register for the 1-credit option. 

Questions? Contact Kelly Oman, PhD, Assistant Director of Research Communication ([email protected])


Career Design for Postdocs

Jan. 25-Feb 22, 2024 | In person (register for location)

The PhD+ Career Design series for postdocs aims to help participants engage in self and career exploration. In this series, you'll identify your core values and interests, explore diverse careers pathways, and learn to leverage professional development strategies to find a career path that fits your need and start building your career path.   

This spring series will be comprised of five sessions every Thursday from 9-10am 

  • Self-assessment (interests and values) - Jan 25 
  • Exploration of Career Tracks for PhDs – Feb 1 
  • Transferable skills and skill gaps – Feb 8 
  • Dissecting the job search – Feb 15 
  • Building an action plan – Feb 22  

This is a great opportunity for junior postdocs to explore career pathways and network with fellow postdocs in other departments. Postdocs registered for the class will be expected to complete assignments prior to each session and attend at least 4 out of 5 sessions. In person attendance is highly encourage, virtual option accommodations can be made available on a case-by-case.