Foundations of Successful Career Planning and Development Course

Course Description

The course provides foundational training in career planning and professional development. Key skills that graduate students and postdocs build are:

  • Increasing your capacity for self-directed career development
  • Fostering life-long career management habits
  • Maximizing your scholarly training success
  • Shaping positive career outcomes

Students will engage in experiential learning, small-group discussions, and peer mentoring. These different approaches enable individually relevant and self-constructed understandings of career development, consistent with expectations of independence in scholarly activities. Areas for discussion include: self-assessments, exploration of different career options, how to set goals, career adaptability, and other topics identified by students. 

Nature cited the University of Pittsburgh for being among the first universities to offer a credit-bearing, graduate-level career development course.

(Initially listed under a different course name), Nature 489, 593; 2012

Format

This course spans a consecutive Fall and Spring term, and students must attend for the entire academic year for a total of two graduate course credits.  

Class meets for two hours over lunch every other week. Brown bag lunch encouraged. Multiple class sections are offered so that you may select the one most convenient for your schedule. You will remain in the selected class for both semesters. Switching classes is not possible due to class size limitations.

Selection Options

  • Mondays, 6 PM to 8 PM | 232 Cathedral of Learning
    MSMPHL 3340-1240 (25333)
  • Tuesdays, 11 AM to 1 PM | Salk Hall (Room TBD)
    MSMPHL 3340-1040 (25334) - SECTION FULL
  • Wednesday, 12 PM to 2 PM | 1395 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
    MSMPHL 3340-1140 (25335)

Required Fees

MBTI assessment and book: $25 

Eligibility 

All Schools and Programs Welcome  

  • Postdoctoral Scholars and Associates: Permission number required;
    Postdoc tuition benefits apply
  • Graduate students in Doctoral Program: Permission number required
  • Graduate students in Master’s Program: Permission number required
Please discuss with your graduate/program director before registering. Contact the course instructor for the permission number or to be added to the wait list.

Contact

Course Director: Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

Email: wend0017@pitt.edu 

Course References

Additional Information

 

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