The Graduate School at VCU offers several opportunities to obtain professional development while pursuing a graduate career. These include:
The Preparing Future Faculty Program: a series of short courses and professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in higher education.
The Leaders and Entrepreneurs Academy: LEAPD is a companion to the Preparing Future Faculty Program, that offers a series of short courses and experiences to assist graduate students seeking careers in industry, nonprofit organizations, health care, public service and government.
Mentorship Program: a program that matches undergraduate students with mentors who are graduate students as they make decisions about post-baccalaureate study and transition from undergraduate to graduate student status.
These units also provide resources, training, or consulting to help graduate students and postdocs prepare for the next steps in their careers:
Call Number: James Branch Cabell Library General Collection Q147 .P36 2017
Publication Date: 2016-12-05
This book comprehensively reviews the factors that facilitate access and success of Black students in STEM majors in higher education, and it shares compelling testimonies from Black STEM professionals that will help inspire the next generation of Black scientists and engineers.
ACW is a group of professional academic coaches and consultants dedicated to supporting your academic writing and career needs. Our services include research consulting and coaching for dissertation and academic writing; career and professional growth (including help with balancing the demands of research, teaching and service); and leadership development.
Career Services provides access to an online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. You can discover interesting career paths, consult your community, see job listings for PhDs, attend local meetups and more.
Come here for helpful tips and tricks about succeeding in the workplace. There is also a (discontinued but still available) podcast!
The National Research Mentoring Network provides mentoring resources for faculty and students at any stage of their career. Start here to find resources about how to be a good mentor, how to find great mentees, and utilize the NRMN network to connect with colleagues and find a mentor for yourself!
VCU provides premium access to The Chronicle for Higher Education, the nation's largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities. This side provides news, insights, essential tools, career opportunities and the knowledge to succeed in a rapidly evolving academic world.