President Robert Robbins has been on campus a relatively short time, but he is already adding his style and expertise to the University of Arizona. The Strategic Plan -- though a collaborative effort still in its early stages -- is one such area of influence. Robbins recently outlined his hopes for graduate programs and students as part of that plan.
Susan Kaleita, Senior Director of Employer and Alumni Engagement for Student Engagement & Career Development, earned her master’s degree from the U of A. The path between degree and directorship, however, was not a direct one. Her current role, as well as her own career experiences, make Kaleita particularly well-situated to aid graduate students in their career goals. Kaleita recognizes not only the many career paths open to graduate students, but also the ways to move from one path to another.
A Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge, a two-time winner of the Astronaut Scholarship, a published author in Applied Optics, and a researcher in the BIO5 Institute, University Fellow Travis Sawyer is a luminous presence in the University of Arizona’s top-tier optical sciences program. Laser-focused on his research in medical imaging, he is working to improve early cancer detection by measuring how the optical properties of tissue change throughout disease progression.
Graduate students work in a wide variety of positions during their time at university, and in doing so gain critical knowledge and skills alongside their expertise in their field. John Singer, a certified professional résumé writer and a dedicated career coach and advisor with 15 years of experience, shares some advice on how graduate students can leverage their experience for success in the job market.
Academic conferences are an exciting part of sharing scholarly work, but the costs and stresses associated with those professional development opportunities can be prohibitive to graduate students. An array of graduate-oriented conferences and events offer the same benefits, as well as added bonuses such as lower cost, less anxiety, and more opportunities to assume leadership roles.
In a changing social, technical, and environmental landscape, myriad opportunities exist for those with advanced degrees. Despite the regularity with which speakers and writers set up a false dichotomy between academia and the so-called “real world,” as though universities are imaginary realms, graduate students know that academia and other career pathways are equally real and equally valid -- and that they should be prepared for both.