Academic and Career Development

There are a variety of resources on campus geared to help Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate students with various aspects of their academic and professional development during their time at Tufts. These resources include:

• *Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation and Training*
• *Time Management Workshops*
• * Graduate Research Symposium*
• *Public-Speaking Workshops*
Grant-Writing Workshops
• *Dissertation Writing Workshop*
Future Scholars Workshops
• *Graduate Institute For Teaching (GIFT)*

Effective September 2010, Sanaia Nathanson (Senior Lecturer in Psychology) assumes responsibility for overseeing academic and professional development support for the graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering. In creating this post, the two schools have created a medium through which additional, enhanced programming can be offered for graduate students. It is likely that this will also result in the development of many new resources for graduate students seeking support in their academic pursuits and in their transition to professional life, such as:

Conflict Resolution Courses
Mentoring Workshops (for Faculty, and perhaps Graduate Students)
Services of an Ombudsperson

Students are also encouraged to seek out any additional resources through offices on campus and support networks beyond the University. These resources include:

Tufts University Resources

• *Academic Resource Center*
• *Career Services*
• *Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching*

Resources Beyond Tufts

*GradShare* is a free online resource to help you make the most of the graduate school experience by offering expert advice and peer discussion on topics like dissertation development, teaching, financial aid/grants, work-life balance, research and career development. Not only is GradShare a nationwide network of your peers, but it also includes links to Tufts campus resources and services relevant to these topics. This will provide you with a full view of student support services - from nationwide to Tufts campus. You will need to register for the site using your Tufts e-mail address in order to have your access customized with Tufts-specific resources. After registration, you may opt to use a different contact e-mail address.

*Interfolio* is an all-in-one credentials, dossier and academic portfolio service. It gives you a one-stop shop to manage your letters and other application materials in preparation for the academic job search. Prior to each application, you customize each packet so it is presented exactly how you want it; Interfolio takes care of the delivery for any academic or professional opportunity, giving you a variety of delivery options. With easy features for building your complete dossier, Interfolio is a powerful platform empowering you to present your accomplishments and qualifications to any institution for any opportunity and for presenting that information online. Interfolio empowers you to create a professional story to share with others - creating pages from scratch or using existing templates - and allows you to network, share insight and promote your scholarship with others, including like-minded peers.

*inDegree* is a professional networking website dedicated to helping graduate students and graduate degree holders develop and manage career-building networks through connections with other graduate students and alumni, potential employers, and universities. inDegree is the only website dedicated to graduate students and alumni, and is available to all graduate professionals, including MBAs, engineers, lawyers, educators, researchers, etc. inDegree allows you to manage all aspects of your job search, create an interactive profile including resumes and work samples and gives you access to over 500,000 job listings posted specifically for graduate degree holders.

*PhDNet* was founded by Dora Farkas, a former MIT graduate student, who saw the need for a collective support system for graduate students across Universities. PhDNet is a growing online graduate student community built on the basis of her first publication The Smart Way to Your Ph.D.: 200 Secrets from 100 Graduate Students, billed as a comprehensive guide for doctoral students, based on interviews with 100 recent graduates as well as graduate school deans and career counselors. The website now features a free monthly newsletter "Ph.D. News" which summarizes practical advice and resources for graduate students. The newsletters cover topics including finding funding for graduate school, resolving conflicts with supervisors, tips for dissertation writing, boosting the job search, and effectively using networking tools. Sign up to receive free newsletters and get more information at http://www.phdnet.org.

http://www.gradschools.com is a resource offering a directory of graduate schools as well as information on graduate student life.  Its database has a large directory of information about helping you choose which graduate program could be a fit for you.

*GoGrad* provides an online platform where aspiring graduate students can get information about online Master's and PhD programs.

*http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org* helps aspiring (undergraduate and graduate) students find affordable online colleges.

*LearnHowToBecome.org* helps students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder.


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