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Career Symposium for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Thursday, January 22, 2015  |  4:00–7:00 p.m.

The Graduate School, the Career Center, and the Alumni Association are pleased to present the eleventh annual Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdocs.

This event is designed to be an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to:

  • Explore various career paths
  • Learn how to enhance their job marketability
  • Develop connections with employers and successful graduate-level alumni

The symposium will also provide an opportunity for faculty and advisers to gain information that will be useful in mentoring students about career paths.


Getting Hired with a Graduate Degree: Tips from Employers
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Kane 210

Feeling uncertain about what you want to do next or unclear about how to get there? Taking some time to explore the myriad employment options open to individuals with graduate degrees, and to learn strategies for making yourself competitive for those options, might help ease your mind. You’re invited to come listen to employer representatives discuss tips for landing interesting positions in large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and universities. The event is free.

Networking Reception: Grad Students, Postdocs, & Alumni
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Kane Hall - Walker Ames Room

Want to meet some people who don’t work in your lab? Want to develop your network but don’t know how to get started? This is a unique opportunity for grad students and postdocs to chat with interesting graduate-level alumni in a safe and semi-structured environment. Attendees will have the chance to practice their networking skills and create new connections with 12-15 friendly graduate-degree holders who’ve found meaningful work and are eager to help others do the same by sharing tips, contacts, and maybe even some job leads. All grad students and postdocs are encouraged to attend because ’you just never know’ if you’ll meet the person who leads you on a path to professional success! And, best of all, the event will include food, beer, and wine for FREE! No registration required.

For networking tips, download the Working the Room handout.


The Career Symposium is sponsored by the Career Center, the Graduate School, and the University of Washington Alumni Association.


To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at  The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests.  Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.