Introduction to Professional Development: Seminars for 1st and 2nd Year Doctoral Students and for Advanced Doctoral Students

These seminars are designed to be a call to action for doctoral students to take ownership of their career planning and professional development in the same way they are responsible for their scholarly development.

These seminars highlight the importance of early career planning and professional development to all career options, including careers in academia. Engaging in career planning and professional development early in one’s doctoral studies will provide Pitt graduates a competitive advantage when they are ready to enter the workforce, regardless of their career path.

The objectives of these orientation seminars are to make you aware of the:

  • Versatility of your advanced training
  • Transferability of your scientific skills
  • Importance of career development planning
  • Necessity for developing professional skills
  • Concept of lifelong career adaptability

Programming Schedule

Seminars are offered annually in the spring semester of each academic year.

1st and 2nd Year Doctoral Students 

Advanced Doctoral Students 

Some graduate programs require that doctoral students attend this program, whereas other programs highly recommend that you take advantage of this resource.

Please see your program director for your program’s policy regarding this seminar.


1st and 2nd Year Doctoral Students | Register Here

Advanced Doctoral Students | Register Here


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