Faculty Resources: Career and Professional Development

"Pathways through Graduate School and into Careers." A report by the Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, April 29, 2012.

Click here to view the executive summary (6 pages)

Click here to read the full report (47 pages)

The Commission on Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, jointly sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS), guided a research effort examining issues on career pathways:

  • graduate student knowledge of career options
  • how students learn about career opportunities
  • the role of graduate programs and graduate faculty in informing and guiding students along the path to professional occupations
  • career pathways that individuals with graduate degrees follow


Pathways through Graduate School and into Careers examines the critical link between graduate education and preparation for careers. The findings and recommendations provide universities, employers and policymakers with concrete steps each sector can take, individually or in collaboration, to support the future success of the U.S. economy and society.


"Professional Skills Development for PhD Students: Do They Really Need It?" CIRGE Spotlight on Doctoral Education #2, September 22, 2008. (Elizabeth Rudd, Maresi Nerad, Emory Morrison, and Joseph Picciano)

Click here to read CIRGE Spotlight #2

Using data from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out, CIRGE’s national survey of graduates 6 to 10 years post-PhD in six disciplines, this CIRGE Spotlight investigates the need for professional development among social science PhD students. This analysis distinguishes between the PhD completion skills normally acquired in completing PhD research (critical thinking, data analysis and synthesis, writing and publishing, and research design) and the professional skills (working with diverse groups, working in interdisciplinary contexts, teamwork, presenting, grant writing, and managing people and budgets) that more and more PhD recipients are finding crucial to success in their employment.

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