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About the Graduate School's Professional and Career Development Services

The Graduate School's Professional and Career Development Services provide current doctoral students and postdocs with opportunities to explore and prepare for a wide range of careers. Doctoral alumni have a variety of resources available to them through the Alumni Association, online career tools expecially for PhDs, and the career services offices on campus. 

To maximize their employment opportunities upon completing their degree, 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 are strongly encouraged 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.  To get started on your IDP, download the printable IDP template for current doctoral students or a similar for postdocs. 

  • 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.

  • Familiarize yourself with the information on this website and the career events offered by the University Career Center & The President's Promise.   

  • Review  the following handouts: The PhD Career Development Timeline and PhD Career Development Resources as well as the materials and slides from PhD workshops.

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. Take a look at the instruction sheets for setting up your C4T account and scheduling an appointment.

  • After logging in, explore and register for upcoming career fairs, panels, and workshops for PhDs through the Career Center’s events calendar.
    Printable 2019-2020 Workshop Schedule for current doctoral students and postdocs (PDF)

  • 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. These services are designed to enable 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. Martin to discuss your specific career exploration and job search questions. More information about Dr. Martin’s background is in her LinkedIn profile.