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Workshops 2019-2020

Doctoral students and postdocs at all stages of their training should participate in free in-person and online workshops to learn more about important career and professional development topics. The 2019-2020 workshops are posted in the events calendars of both The Graduate School and The University Career Center & The President's Promise. Students and postdocs must pre-register for online workshops.

PhD Career Development Workshops will be offered as webinars via Zoom. All Maryland students, faculty and staff have access to Zoom using CAS authentication. Please log into the webinars 15 minutes before the start time.

Access Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Workshop Recordings

Register Now for Upcoming PhD Career Online Webinars

Summer 2020

Stay Calm and Carry On: How to Maintain Your Career & Professional Development Momentum During COVID-19

Friday, May 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am

Part of the GradPathways Success Symposium: Summer Edition. This summer is a great time to (re)focus on your career and professional development. Let’s explore together what you can do during COVID-19. We will begin with a quick assessment to uncover areas on which you might expand your “career toolkit”. Attendees will learn how to leverage online career tools and strategies that work. You will leave this session with “realistic optimism” about your career options and/or job search.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Susan C. Martin at

Job Search and Career Exploration Deep Dives 

Registration is open for two new “deep dives” into job search and career exploration for PhDs. These multi-session online groups are designed to meet the urgent needs of our doctoral students and postdocs brought on by COVID-19. All meetings are live via Zoom.

We are all in this together: A Virtual Job Search Group for PhDs Graduating from May 2020 to May 2021

Tuesday afternoons in June, 3:00-4:30pm on 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, and 6/30. Attendees must attend all five sessions.

Are you graduating or finishing your postdoc in May 2020 or within the next year? Are you serious about starting your job search, but don't know how to begin? This five-session job search group will get you going!

This experience includes short assignments and is recommended for PhDs Graduating May 2020 - May 2021 and Postdocs leaving UMD by December 2020. 

Pivoting to Plan B During the Pandemic: A Virtual Community for Expanding Possible Career Options

Wednesday afternoons in July, 3:00-4:30pm on 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, and 7/29. Attendees must attend all four sessions.

Now more than ever, PhDs and postdocs need to fully explore their career options. Join this virtual community for four weeks to identify your transferable skills and begin researching possible jobs that exist in this COVID-19 labor market. Attendees will complete short assignments to get moving on identifying that Plan B!

This experience includes short assignments and is recommended for ALL PhDs.

If you have any questions about these events, contact Dr. Susan C. Martin at