Professional Development Seminar Series-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Seminar Series

This series provides seminars in business, management and communications skills geared to better prepare our graduate students for successful careers in academic, corporate, public and research sectors. The seminars provide graduate students with a practical knowledge of the basic professional skillsets including:

  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching
  • Financial and management roles

Seminars also provide information relevant to developing multiple employment options, adaptable skills, and focused, holistic self-knowledge. Students will be sent a registration link by email.




Navigating Difficult Conversations
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Cohon University Center, Peter Room
*Registration is required*
Jamie Rossi, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Initiatives
No one really looks forward to a difficult conversation.  They can be fraught with emotions and you often don’t know where to start or how to approach the conversation.  There are techniques for identifying the core issue, preparing to address that issue, staying focused in the moment of the conversation, and, the often neglected step, following up after the conversation.  These will be covered in this session.

Long-Form Academic Writing
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Cohon University Center, Rangos 2
*Registration is required*
Martin Aurand, Principal Librarian, University Libraries
Are you beginning a long-form academic writing project like a thesis or dissertation?  Attendees will be introduced to a range of resources, insights and tips to support your work and encourage progress.  Topics will include: making a contribution, finding examples, how-to guides, getting help, insights and tips, citation management, rights and permissions, planning and scheduling, presenting your work and distributing your work.


Past Professional Development Seminars


Further Information on Professional Development Seminars