Professional Development Resources

From writing support to distinguished alumni speakers and from exploring your career options to planning your career, the Division of Graduate Studies offers a variety of resources to help get you started.

Training & Mentoring Resources

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD): Free for UO users, NCFDD provides professional development, training and a mentoring community. NCFDD training teaches concrete, empirically tested strategies for increasing productivity and pays special attention to the challenges of underrepresented faculty.

LinkedIn Learning: Free for UO users, this is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and many creative skills. The content library has over 16,000 courses organized into learning paths and of bite-sized videos.

Big Interview: This free resource for UO students is an online interviewing system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. Go through virtual practice interviews for all experience levels and dozens of industries and access a database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them.

Training & Mentoring Resources

Career Discovery, Interview and Resume Review Resources

Imagine PhD: free for UO users, ImaginePhD is an online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The Versatile PhD: Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty career paths for PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. Free for UO users.

Big Interview: free for UO users, Bi Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help you improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

Resume Writing & Review Consultation for International Students: Have your resume reviewed by a Division of Graduate Studies professional, who will provide one-on-one, and ongoing, consultation to help you be competitive in your job search outside of academia.

Career Discovery Resources

Presentation & Poster Support

You’ve been working hard on your research these last few quarters. The data has been collected, sorted, and analyzed. So what do you do with the findings? The Division of Graduate Studies has curated a list of resources to help you verbally and visually showcase and speak about your research to experts and non specialists alike at universities, conferences, and job interviews. 

  • Three-Minute Thesis resources
  • Presenting with a poster
  • Panel presentations

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a resource generated by graduate students and post docs to help guide their career development.

Find out more about why you should create an IDP and resources for helping your write your own.

Individual Development Plans

Writing Support

From peer support, grant writing resources, to help from retired professors, the Division of Graduate Studies provides many opportunities to help graduate students with their writing needs, including Writing Circles, the Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center, and nationally acclaimed online resources.

Writing Support

Statistical Support

The University of Oregon offers several resources that are designed to support graduate students working with R programming, statistics, SPSS, Stata, as well as other software and tools on request.

Statistical Resources

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Program

A graduate degree can be a gateway to many exciting career paths. Our Division of Graduate Studies alumni are doing amazing work—not just in higher education, but also in a variety of industries and organizations worldwide.

The Division of Graduate Studies invites distinguished alumni from a variety of backgrounds back to the Eugene campus to showcase their experience and knowledge for the next generation of students.

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Program