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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.

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Friday
Feb262016

Recap of Resume Workshop

For most graduate students, their resumes are dusty, outdated documents that are lost somewhere in the files. If you are like most graduate students, then you could benefit from learning a few tips on how to create a great resume!

Here is a brief recap of how to make a great graduate student resume:

  • You can use your CV as a reference, but consider this as a totally new document with a new purpose: to briefly showcase your relevant skills
  • Research is the basis for a great, well-crafted resume
  • You need to target each and every resume for the job you apply for - this means you will have to edit and change the order of various sections and the text of bullets to be geared towards various positions to better align with the job you are after
  • Resumes should be one page! (Two pages is sometimes acceptable)
  • You generally need a cover letter in addition to a resume when applying to industry jobs
  • Font size needs to be 11 or 12
  • Typical sections include education, relevant experience, and skills - utilizing clear titles for sections will be important to organizing your experiences
  • You need 3-5 bullet points per place of work where you elaborate beyond duties and discuss what you did, how you did it, and outcomes/results of your work (hint: include transferable skills!)

Check out UCSB’s Career Services resume tips for more information and please consider coming in to meet with me to review your resume!

Thursday
Feb252016

Recap of Transferable Skills Workshop

Credit: inspiringinterns.comTransferable skills is a buzzword in nowadays – perhaps you’ve heard the term and wondered, "What does that really mean?"

In case you missed it, on February 3, I presented a workshop on how to identify the transferable skills you are getting from your graduate program. Transferable skills can be defined as a way to talk about your academic skills more broadly. By being able to recognize your transferable skills, you are able to talk to people outside academia and those unfamiliar with working with Ph.D./Masters students about the skills that are relevant to what they do.

In grad school, you learn to become a highly trained researcher who can understand nuanced and specialized information. This is what you are working hard to achieve, and this is to be celebrated. But it certainly isn’t the full range of skills you are learning. So what else are you getting from your graduate program? You are learning skills that go beyond technical skills and fall into other categories such as how to work on a team, how to develop and manage a project, and how to communicate difficult concepts.

The art of this is thinking about your tasks and turning them into skills. I encourage you to spend time thinking of what your transferable skills are, beyond the specific duties or tasks assigned by your advisor.

The other point I wanted to make is that graduate students often have to become their own advocates in order to show how the knowledge you have is relevant and applicable to various employers. To do that, you need to learn how to talk your skills beyond your highly specified knowledge. By being able to show what your diverse skill set is, you are opening the door to many possibilities.

Stay tuned for this popular workshop to be held again in the near future!