Professional Development for Graduate Students

Graduate school is an important balance of gaining an academic skill set and networking within your field. PACES can help you succeed in both. The PACES program offers professional development opportunities for students, and helps students increase their professionalism, academic advancement, communication, engagement and success. By participating in PACES, students will be supported in developing communications, interview, stress management and debt management skills – among other critical and timely topics.

PACES workshops are voluntary and relevant to all graduate students, regardless of field of study or current employment status. We encourage you to visit our schedule of events and see what workshops can help you achieve your next academic and professional goals. Registration for most workshops is free for current graduate students.

The PACES program is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association.


What topics does PACES cover?

Professionalism - Resume; Attire; Career planning; Interviewing; Conflict Management.

Advancement - Doctoral Education; Thesis/Dissertation writing; Teaching higher education.

Communication - Presentation Skills; Email etiquette; Employee Communication; International Relations.

Engagement - Networking; Mentoring; Cultural Competency; Diversity in the workplace.

Success - Stress Management; Creating/maintaining positive relationships; Financial planning, Insurance; Life after graduate school.


Questions?

Please contact Jennifer Palm at palmj@gvsu.edu with any questions.

More Resources

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies for more graduate student resources.