Graduate Professional Development (GradPro) collaborates with graduate program faculty and departments to offer activities and resources that help graduate students recognize potential career paths, set professional development goals, and build skills vital to a variety of careers, both within and beyond the academy.

Promising Practices: Steps Departments Can Take to Support the Professional and Career Development of Graduate Students

GradPro collects and shares resources that faculty and departments can use to support the professional development of graduate students. This list of promising practices was developed by the Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee on Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Professional Development. If your department has strategies or initiatives it would like to share, please contact

Career Exploration and Preparation by Discipline

The resources below are organized by overarching disciplines. They can be shared with faculty, staff, and students as part of departmental professional development events, or added to a departmental bank of professional development resources.

Humanities and Social Sciences:


Presentations & Consultations

GradPro Staff can be invited to speak with departments’ graduate students, faculty, and staff about professional development resources for graduate students. GradPro Staff are also available for individual consultations to assist graduate students with professional development planning. For more information, please contact

Campus Resources & Events

The GradPro website includes a number of resources designed to connect students with professional development opportunities on campus. We invite faculty to explore the Professional Development Guide, our student services, the calendar of workshops and events, and the list of GradPro partners and programs.