Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Series 

This series provides seminars and workshops in skills development including, but not limited to, professionalization, communication, business, and management of resources geared to better prepare our graduate students for successful academic endeavors and careers in academic, corporate, public and research sectors. Most of the programs require advanced registration which can be found with the descriptions below and will be provided with announcements on the Graduate Education Calendar and weekly email of events. 
These programs are co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Education, the Graduate Education Office, and the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA).


The Balancing Act: Managing CMU, Student Life and Personal Relationships
January 27, 2020      12:00-1:30pm
Our relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives. This talk focuses on identifying the struggles that exist in balancing graduate school and our personal/social relationships. In particular, we will focus on identifying ways to negotiate a healthier balance in the face of school and life stressors.
Partnered with: Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)
Time Management, Motivation & Productivity for Students
February 6, 2020         12:00-1:30pm
Presenter: Mike Poljak, Academic Development
Collaborative activities will aid students in uncovering their internal sources of distraction, in order to understand their causes and combat their impact. Students will develop strategies to aid in their ability to focus and hands-on activities will provide students with tools to overcome periods of low motivation. 
Partnered with: The Academic Coaching Program within the Office of Academic Development 
*REGISTRATION REQUIRED* (check back soon!)
Conflict Management
February 10, 2020     4:30-6:00pm
Presenter: Lenny Chan, Community Standards and Integrity Office
Have you been in a group situation where someone dominates the conversation or group work to an isolating degree? Or someone is not keeping their commitments to the group or team? Or there is a unaddressed disagreement between group members disrupting the productivity of the group?  Conflict resolution is simply a way for two or more people to address and find a peaceful solution to a disruption to the group meeting its goals…so why does it cause so much anxiety and avoidance?  This workshop will help you understand more about your conflict management style and, more importantly, how to handle group members’ style to respond in healthy, productive ways to resolve conflict.
Etiquette Dinner
February 18, 2020          4:30-6:30pm
You have that interview for your dream company!  You want to impress your new bosses and colleagues at a business night out!  Your department is hosting a scholar whose research has formed the basis of your whole project!  Are you confident about your ability to navigate the meal in these situations?  There are a lot of forks! Let us help you prepare so that is one less thing to worry about.  Under the tutelage of an etiquette specialist, you will have the opportunity to learn and/or hone your dining etiquette skills over a 5-course meal. The Graduate Education Office has subsidized the price of this experience for each student, and therefore, tickets are only $16 ($15 + $1 processing).  Tickets are limited – purchase today!  You can purchase your ticket at the end of your registration via the Bridge.
*REGISTRATION REQUIRED* (tickets on sale starting January 22)
Maintaining Wellness in the Face of Challenges
February 20, 2020       4:30-6:00pm
Wellness is a multi-dimensional, active process through which we become aware of, and make choices towards a more balanced life. This talk focuses on identifying the barriers to our path towards wellness, while also encouraging ways to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Partnered with: Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)
Financial Literacy for Graduate Students
February 27, 2020        12:00-1:30pm
Personal financial wellness is more than just being able to balance a checkbook, compare prices or get a job. It also includes skills like long-term vision and planning for the future, and the discipline to use those skills every day. Presented by the HUB, this session will include strategies to help graduate students reinforce current financial management skills, learn new skills and identify resources to help build a financial literacy foundation on topics such as, investing, budgeting, and building credit. 
*Mike Ulicny, Assistant Director of Student Financial Aid
*Melissa Skasik, Assistant Director of Enrollment Services/The HUB
*Maggie Sikora, Associate Director of Enrollment Services and Director of The HUB
Understanding, Responding and Dealing With Rejection
March 18, 2020         12:00-1:30pm
Rejection is an almost unavoidable aspect of being human. This talk focuses on the many ways we can deal with rejection. These include psychological tools and techniques that involve reflecting on our past, enhancing our self-understanding, and strengthening our sense of self in order to feel more self-possessed and strong in coping with a current struggle and facing the future. 
Partnered with: Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)