3-Part Workshop Series

Your Career Compass Workshops

  • each session builds on the previous so must be taken in order
  • are offered every term
  • can be completed over multiple terms
  • are facilitated by a career education specialist from Career and Volunteer Services
  • have limited seating so sign up early

How much time will this take?

Each Session is 2 hours (online) and you will untertake small activities on your own time. Total in-class time is 6 hours (for all three sessions). You can choose how much additional time you wish to put into each session. Sessions must be taken sequentially, but can be completed over multiple terms.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in partnership with Career and Volunteer Services offers a three-part career clarification and exploration series for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Whether you would like to narrow your career options inside or outside of academia, this series will guide you to chart your own course.

What’s in it for you?

Proactively tap into your education and experiences, helping you design an intentional action plan to guide your next steps and career management strategies.

You’ll walk away with substantive takeaways and tools that you may return to again and again.

Our Professional Development Wayfinder and Career Compass are designed to not only make the most of your graduate student experience, but to also discover the skills you've built in order to pave your own career journey.

Learn more about why this is important in Ph.D.s should separate their degree from a singular career path and consider new narratives

Getting Started

Pre-requisites: none

Session 1

Use an evidence-based approach to:

  • take stock of your current situation, interests and strengths
  • explore your values and priorities
  • identify future career possibilities inside and outside of academia

Fall Offerings: Sign up today

  • Tues, Oct 27 (9:30–11:20 am)
  • Wed, Nov 4 (2:30–4:20 pm)

Spring Offerings: Coming Soon!

Summer Offerings: Coming Soon!

Connecting the Dots & Prioritizing

Pre-requisites: Session 1

Session 2

Distill and prioritize what matters most to you and craft a statement that will act like a compass and set you up for creating, recognizing, and acting opportunities to move forward.

Fall Offerings: Sign up today  

  • Tues, Nov 10 (9:30–11:20 pm)
  • Wed, Nov 18 (2:30–4:20 pm)

Spring Offerings: Coming Soon!

Summer Offerings: Coming Soon!

Taking Action & Moving Forward

Pre-requisites: Session 1 & Session 2

Session 3

Devise an action plan and identify ways to take meaningful actions to make well-informed career, work, and life choices.

Fall Offerings: Sign up today

  • Tues, Nov 24 (9:30–11:20 am)
  • Wed, Dec 2 (2:30–4:20 pm)

Spring Offerings: Coming Soon!

Summer Offerings: Coming Soon!

About the tools used in Your Career Compass

Clarification Sketch

A snapshot of your desires, strengths, assets, and possibilities from your significant career and life events and experiences; essential bits of data that help you frame choices for creating your inspired next move with confidence.


Capture the essence of who you are, what matters to you, and how you want to be in the world in your own words. Use this tool to navigate our unpredictable and changing world, in conversations, and have concrete language for your LinkedIn Profile, resumes and cover letters.

Exploration Plan

An interactive worksheet to help you notice clues and identify intentional actions which will set you up to strategically explore possible future scenarios.