Professional Development and Career Resources

Reseachers in the field

The Graduate School at the University of Nevada, Reno provides graduate students with a number of career resources to aid with professional development. Postdoc Professional Resources are also available.

Graduate student resources:

  • UNR’s Professional Development Series: In collaboration with the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Graduate School is pleased to offer a series of seminars and workshops to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop and enhance their professional skills to succeed in their current positions and future careers.
  • Check out the University's Career Studio.
  • UC Berkeley’s Graduate Development Guide: Familiarize yourself with core competencies that you should acquire during your graduate education, and how to go about gaining those skills.
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity: UNR has an institutional membership, and as a graduate student, you may sign up for an affiliate membership free of charge. The organization offers various webinars and multi-week courses on topics such as writing grant proposals, writing a scholarly paper, teaching undergraduates, work-life balance, and many other subjects.
  • membership: offers in-depth online video training for many software packages. The University pays for everyone with a NetID to have access to these resources. Topics such as working with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Adobe Creative programs (Photoshop, Illustrator), programming with R, Python, and courses on understanding big data.
  • is a comprehensive site for career resources for doctoral degrees in every field of study.
  • Versatile PhD offers the most comprehensive source to discover careers outside of academia, for STEM, Social Sciences, and Humanities. 
  • The Professor is In: An excellent resource for those pursuing academic/faculty positions. 
  • The Science careers website, maintained by AAAS, has numerous articles, booklets, webinars, and forum discussions about several different sectors that employ Ph.D.s, including academia, industry, policy, and government.
  • The Office of Intramural Training at the NIH provides many resources for various career paths and development of transferable skills, including videos of professional development seminars.
  • Columbia University's Comprehensive resources for non-academic careers for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The CIRTL network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning) started as an NSF-funded, multi-institutional effort, to achieve excellence in teaching and learning in undergraduate STEM education. The site provides numerous resources, including information on writing teaching statements, teaching with technology, addressing diversity in the classroom, and many others.
  • GRAD 702: Effective Teaching Practices in Higher Education. The course promotes teaching techniques for both face-to-face and online instruction from the following five units of study: Designing an Effective Course and Class, Establishing a Productive Learning Environment, Using Active Learning Techniques, Promoting Higher Order Thinking, and Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning.