GradPro offers a rotating selection of workshops each year on topics related to career exploration and preparation. These workshops are open to all graduate students. We also work with our campus partners to coordinate workshop programming, ensuring that workshops across campus cover important topics related to professional development.

A list of graduate student professional development related workshops offered by units across campus this semester can be found below, as well as GradPro’s annual schedule of workshops. See our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information on upcoming workshops, or sign up for the Professional Development Digest. If you would like GradPro to conduct a specialized workshop for your department, group, or as part of an academic course, please review our workshop request page here.

GradPro also hosts the annual campuswide Grad Slam event, a UC-sponsored competition, where graduate students share their research in three-minute talks, honing their public speaking and communication skills and competing for cash prizes. Learn more about the Berkeley Grad Slam here.

Spring 2024 Professional Development Workshops and Events

Below are the workshops planned for Spring 2024; additional workshops and updates on the workshops below will be announced throughout the semester in the Professional Development Digest and the Professional Development Calendar. Also see the Digest and Calendar for workshop registration.

Career Exploration and Preparation

Feb. 14, 2-3pm: The Art of Networking & Informational Interviews
Hosted by GradPro

Feb. 22 & 23: Beyond Academia Conference

Apr. 11 1-2pm: Developing Skills for Careers Beyond Academia
Hosted by GradPro

May 8, 15, & 22: Reactivity to Proactivity: Taking the Lead on Your Career
Hosted by VSPA

Mondays Jan-June, dates TBD: Careers for Life Science PhDs
Hosted by Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Students

Equity and Inclusion

Mar. 12, 3-4:30pm: Code-Switching in Graduate School and Beyond
Hosted by GradPro

Leadership and Collaboration

Select Thursdays Mar. – Apr.: Leadership in STEM Series
Hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (Membership available to all PhD students through VSPA)

Research and Data Analysis

Feb 13, 1-2:30 pm: Transition to Research Independence: Funding and Grantsmanship
Hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (Membership available to all PhD students through VSPA)

The D-Lab offers research and data analysis workshops, which can be found here.

The UC Berkeley Library often offers a variety of research and data analysis workshops.

Teaching and Mentoring

The Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Resource Center (GSI-TRC) offers teaching and mentoring workshops each semester.

GradPro Annual Workshop Schedule

Most GradPro workshops are offered on an annual or semi-annual basis, while some workshops are offered every 2 or 3 years. The workshop schedule below outlines the recurring workshops offered by GradPro. Workshops offered during the upcoming semester can be found above, and specific dates and times for upcoming workshops can be found in our Events Calendar.

Recurring Fall Workshops

Planning Your Fall Semester

Non-Academic Career Exploration for STEM Graduate Students

Non-Academic Career Exploration for Humanities and Social Science Graduate Students

Career OR Internship Panel (alternating years)

Recurring Spring Workshops

Planning Your Spring Semester

Networking and Informational Interviewing

Code Switching in Graduate School and Beyond

Developing Skills for Careers Beyond Academia