The Graduate School’s professional development program is designed to prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for success in completing their degrees or postdoctoral assignments and entering their future position in academia, government, industry, corporations or business. Opportunities include workshops academic certificate programs (Preparing Future Faculty , Preparing Future Professionals ), a faculty shadowing program with Tallahassee Community College, and a professional ethics graduate course.
The Graduate School also partners with other FSU units (e.g., University Libraries , Dunlap Career Center , Center for Leadership & Social Change ) to offer a wide range of professional development resources and opportunities created to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars enhance their academic training by improving their core competencies—communication, teaching, scholarly development (advanced knowledge and skills in the field), professionalism (leadership, scholarly integrity, transferable skills), and career development. The five core competencies serve as a professional development guide at each stage (early, mid, late) of graduate study and/or postdoctoral assignment. For a matrix of recurring professional development opportunities grouped by core competency and labeled by stage of study, click here .
The Florida State University prides itself in assisting graduate students in their job searches and career choices. Some valuable career options resources available to graduate and professional students include:
Some of the professional development opportunities offered outside of the Graduate School include the Diversity Leadership Mentoring Program which provides mentoring opportunities for graduate students.
Working closely with outstanding research faculty, administrators and staff, The Graduate School offers a wide range of workshops designed to equip students to achieve their educational and career goals.
Setting goals can help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars become more intentional about their educational experiences. The best goals are defined, measurable and attainable. The Graduate School encourages graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop personal plans—an Individual Development Plan (IDP)--to improve their core competencies (communication, teaching, scholarly development, professionalism, and career development).
PFF assists doctoral students (and others headed toward academic careers) prepare for future faculty work.
PFP assists students prepare for future professional work in the public or private sectors.
The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), a unit of The Graduate School, strives to enrich the learning experience for undergraduate students at FSU by supporting the teaching efforts of graduate student teaching assistants through its various services. PIE offers professional development programs that create opportunities to foster a sense of collaboration and community among all graduate student teaching assistants at FSU.
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