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About the Graduate School's Professional and Career Development Services

The Graduate School's Professional and Career Development Services provide graduate students and postdocs with opportunities to explore and prepare for a wide range of careers. To maximize their employment opportunities upon completing their PhD, doctoral students must actively engage in their own professional development and career planning at all stages of their program. Earning a PhD at The University of Maryland develops expertise and skills that can be used in a many different career paths in academia, private industry, nonprofit organizations, and the federal government.

Professional and career development opportunities are numerous at UMD and doctoral students should participate in these at all stages of their program. Academic departments, colleges and schools, The Graduate School and University Career Center & The President's Promise organize events where you can learn about different careers and industries, expand your network, and add to your skill set.

Getting Started

  • PhD students should develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) during their first semester. The IDP is an evolving document that includes steps you will take each semester to achieve your academic and professional goals. MyIDP is a free, online tool for PhDs in STEM fields. ImaginePhD is dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM. Examples of printable IDP forms are available from the University of Wisconsin and University of California-Irvine. A University of Maryland IDP template will be available soon.

  • Ask your advisor and more senior PhD students in your department about the types of professional development events offered by your program, college or school. Mark these events on your calendar.

  • Read more about Professional and Career Development for PhDs on the Graduate School website. More specifically review  the following handouts: The PhD Career Development Timeline and PhD Career Development Resources.

The University Career Center & The President's Promise

  • Take 10 minutes to activate your free Careers4Terps or Careers4Engineers (for Engineering students only) account. Upload your current CV and/or resume to either Careers4Terps of Careers4Engineers.

  • After logging in, explore and register for upcoming career fairs, panels, and workshops for PhDs through the Career Center’s events calendar.
    Printable Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule for current doctoral students (PDF)
    Printable Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule for postdocs (PFD)

  • Learn more about various career planning and job search topics on the career center’s website.

  • After taking these basic steps to familiarize yourself with on-campus resources, schedule an individual appointment through your individual department's career center, or with Dr. Susan Martin through Careers4Terps (C4T).

Dr. Susan Martin

Dr. Susan Martin is the Program Director of Professional and Career Development at the UMD Graduate School. She designs, implement, and deliver career and professional development services for PhD students and postdocs. This new position was created last year in collaboration with the University Career Center & The President’s Promise.  This arrangement is unique among our BIG10 peers and leverages the influence, resources and infrastructures of both offices.  At the end of the day, my work enables Maryland PhDs and postdocs to step out into a highly successful career of their choice in academia, industry, nonprofits or government. Make an appointment through Careers4Terps (C4T) with Dr. Susan Martin to discuss your specific career exploration and job search questions. More information about Dr. Martin’s background is in her LinkedIn profile.