Stay tuned for exciting events throughout the year, designed to prepare you for the next step in your professional career. The University of Chicago Divinity School, along with the resources of the University of Chicago, are at your disposal as you plan for your future.
The Career Services events and resources of the Divinity School and UChicagoGrad are designed to help you discern your interests and talents, and work with you to map a path toward your future career. From careers in the academy to public policy, from secondary school teaching, non-profit management, law, business – take time to consider what you want to do and how you will get there. The journey begins now – step by step.
The Dean of Students publishes a weekly newsletter for Divinity School students, filled with information on employment opportunities, fellowships, professionalization events, as well as key events sponsored by UChicagoGrad and other units throughout the University.
DIVINITY SCHOOL EVENTS
CRAFT OF TEACHING
The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion offers a variety of programming throughout the academic year.
PREPARING FOR CONFERENCE AND SKYPE INTERVIEWS
Thursday, October 27, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Discover best practices for the shorter conference interviews (e.g., AAR/SBL), and learn how to optimize your performance in Skype interviews.
To schedule your own mock AAR interview, contact the Dean of Students.
PREPARING FOR THE ON-CAMPUS ACADEMIC JOB INTERVIEW
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Get sound advice on preparing your job talk, workshop presentation or other components of an on-campus academic job interivew.
To schedule your own mock job talk or presentation, contact the Dean of Students. Faculty and students will be a helpful audience and provide constructive feedback.
UCHICAGO GRAD UPCOMING EVENTS
Autumn quarter Graduate Writing Consultations are now available!
Through December 8, by appointment only, Regenstein Library Room A-01A
In a Graduate Writing Consultation, experienced writing instructors work with graduate student writers one-on-one for 50 minutes. Typically, these consultations focus on an excerpt of a larger writing project (course papers, conference presentations, dissertation chapters). GWCs are a free service, and we are happy to work with graduate students at any stage of their degree program--and at any stage of the writing process. For more details and information about making an appointment, please see: http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/gradtutoring
Academic Job Market Series: CVs and Cover Letters
Tuesday, October 11, 9-10AM, Stuart 105
At this workshop, you will learn best practices for the anchor documents in your academic job market portfolio. Led by UChicagoGRAD career advisor, Dan Spiess. Register to attend via GRAD Gargoyle.
GRADTalk: Speaking 101
Thursday, October 13, Noon-1PM, Classics 110
Whether you’re speaking to an audience of one or one hundred, there are some basic tools you can use to polish your self-presentation. Learn some fundamental communications skills to prep for interviews, networking, and speaking in public.
Audience for event: All graduate students and postdocs
Goals for event: this program aims to introduce graduate students to some best practices in self-presentation that have applications in diverse communications contexts. You should leave with a few new strategies for effective oral communications and a clear sense of how to tap into wider UChicagoGRAD resources related to oral communications. Register to attend via GRAD Gargoyle.
GRADFair | Friday, October 28, 1:30PM, International House | GRADFair is the annual career fair exclusively for graduate students, postdocs and recent grad alumni. Whether you are looking for an internship, a full-time job, or just looking to network with employers and learn about future opportunities, GRADFair is an event for you. This year, UChicagoGRAD will welcome around 50 employers for you to meet.
These or similar events are held throughout the academic year.
- Syllabus Workshop
- Learn how to design college courses in religious studies, using your own course design for the workshop.
- PhD Skills Identification and Alumni Panel
- Learn how to translate your PhD education into many non-academic professions. Share with PhD alumni who are successfully pursuing careers beyond the academy.
- "Mock" AAR interviews
- Have a conference interview scheduled at the AAR/SBL? Practice your interviewing skills with a faculty panel, and learn as you watch fellow students in their own mock interviews.
- Divinity School Career Night
- Learn how your Divinity School education can translate to a number of career opportunities. Ask questions of Divinity School alumni who are pursuing a wide range of professions. Open to students in all degree programs.
- MDiv Skills Identification and Alumni panel
- Learn how your MDiv education and skills can be leveraged toward a variety of professions, including emergent forms of ministry. Hear from MDvi alumni who are pursuing careers in ministry, non-profit management, social justice and many other fields.
- PhD Practice Job Talks
- PhD students deliver their lectures in preparation for on-campus interviews before a group of faculty and students. The format is intentionally structured according to the anticipated campus visit. The lecturers will receive feedback on their lecture content, delivery, handouts/slides, and their handling of questions and discussion.
Careers in Consulting: UChicagoGRAD Summer Camp - June 13-17, 2016
From June 13-17, join UChicagoGRAD for the third annual Careers in Consulting "Summer Camp." This five-day event gives graduate students and postdocs an introduction to the consulting industry; provides introductions to best practices in job documents and interviews; and serves as an opportunity to meet and talk with consultants from firms. Scheduled events include:
Monday: The Landscape of Consulting (an introduction to the Big Three, Boutique Consulting, Independent Consulting, and everything in between) 9AM-Noon
Tuesday: Job Documents (best practices in resumes and cover letters for consulting positions can differ from other types of organizations and firms--learn from UChicagoGRAD staff) 9AM-Noon
Wednesday: The "Fit" Interview (behavioral interview workshop with a focus on what consulting companies look for in advanced degree candidates) 9AM-Noon
Thursday: The Case Interview (an introduction to the case interview with a live demonstration) 9AM-Noon
Friday: Meet the Firms (after four days of practice and intro, get acquainted with consultants at a variety of firms) 9AM-1:30PM
We welcome graduate students and postdocs interested in applying for July recruitment deadlines; those interested in applying this fall; and those curious about consulting in general -- and who may or may not apply down the road. To think and communicate like a consultant (that is: in a structured and organized way) can -- believe it or not! -- be beneficial for graduate students and postdocs in their academic work. No matter whether you intend on a career in consulting, the camp may be useful to you. Read more and register here.
Assembling a Teaching Portfolio allows graduate students to think, talk and write about teaching with precision and sophistication. In developing a teaching portfolio, graduate students sharpen their ability to critically analyze their teaching successes and practice presenting themselves as knowledgeable, confident and reflective classroom instructors to hiring committees. This seminar describes and evaluates potential components of the teaching portfolio and involves participants in critical exercises around the construction of the portfolio. Participants will think through different ways to present these materials, both on paper and online, and will workshop these materials during the follow up Workshop on Teaching Portfolios. Objectives for Event: Discussions on creating a teaching portfolio Audience for Event: PhD students, Post docs.
Preparing Future Faculty Luncheon
Interested in a career at a liberal arts college? Advanced Graduate Students & Post-Docs from all disciplines are invited to join us for the second Preparing Future Faculty Luncheon of the 2015-2016 Academic Year.
Thursday, January 21, 12:15-1:30PM
Franke Institute for the Humanities (at the Regenstein)
During these luncheons, students are given the opportunity to speak in very small groups with visiting faculty from liberal arts colleges across the Midwest about their careers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the responsibilities, expectations, and culture of life at liberal arts colleges, all in a relaxed setting with lunch provided.
Students from all departments and schools are invited to attend.
Islamic Studies Career Workshop
This 60 minute presentation and Q/A session will introduce students in the Islamic Studies workshop to trends in academic, government, nonprofit, and corporate job markets. We’ll discuss resources available to doctoral and master’s students through Graduate Student Affairs; offer comments on how to articulate graduate student skills for diverse careers; and answer your questions about how to take next steps as a graduate student to prepare yourself for what comes after the University of Chicago.
Questions? Feel free to send them to AJ Aronstein, Associate Director of Graduate Career Development ( )
As always, pizza and drinks will be provided.