Introduction to Graduate Careers

In this online, asynchronous, self-paced, free, and fully online (D2L) program, you will learn strategies for researching and identifying careers beyond the academy, creating professional connections, translating your transferable skills and experiences, developing application materials, and interviewing. The program prepares you to search for and enter a career or internship that best fits you. Every day of the program is designed to be helpful (even if just confirmatory for you), with many elements building upon each other. Sessions are designed for you to maximize your experience by taking control of the experience and doing the work that makes sense for you. It includes affinity community resources and identity focused content that integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion into their career development.  

Every day you get friendly updates and information:

  • Week 1: Research and Discover - Identify potential career interests or solidify existing interests; decipher job descriptions to identify the skills, experiences, and requirements for the position;  use this information to translate your transferable skills and create a career development plan to help you gain the required skills and experiences.
  • Week 2: Creating your Professional Profile and Making Professional Connections -  Discover how to craft your self-introduction or elevator pitch; create your LinkedIn profile; forge professional connections and conduct informational interviews to learn about diverse careers and how UA alumni made their career transitions.
  • Week 3: Application Materials - Draft your resume or Curriculum Vitae and create an effective cover letter; learn how to tailor these for positions so that you best display your relevant skills and experiences.
  • Week 4: Interview Preparation - Learn what questions to prepare for and how to prepare for them; learn about the different types of interviews.  

Register for the sessions in Handshake. For questions about content, please contact the coordinator, Dr. Shawn Nordell, at Questions regarding registration can be sent to David Bradshaw at


February Cohort

  • Program Timeline: February 5 to March 1
  • Registration Period: January 22 to February 10
  • Register on Handshake

March Cohort

April Cohort

May Cohort