GradPro for Students


“This is a valuable and helpful resource – thank you so much! I finally felt supported as a person (not just a part of a research project).”

Sign up for an individual consultation with Linda Louie, Ph.D., Professional Development Resource Coordinator, or one of our ten Professional Development Liaisons. Some topics we can discuss:

  • For early- and mid-career grad students: Referrals to resources for skill-building in competencies like research, writing, and leadership; strategies for time management, goal-setting, note-taking, and organization; building a professional network during grad school; creating an “individual development plan” for your time in grad school;
  • For advanced grad students: Referrals to resources for dissertation-writing, career exploration, and job applications; strategies for juggling multiple projects and priorities in your final years of grad school; creating an “individual development plan” for the end of grad school and the beginning of your next stage.

Schedule a consultation

Meet monthly with a small group of other grad students from across the university. Meetings are facilitated, supportive, and informal. Each group member describes the progress they have made since the previous meeting, as well as any challenges they’ve encountered; then, the group as a whole offers support and advice.

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GradPro Workshops

“I really appreciated this concrete, individualized work time. Also the opportunity to realize that other grad students share similar concerns about developing skills in this area – that solidarity was really helpful. Thank you so much for this workshop!”

Grad Slam Info Session and Brainstorm (Humanities and Social Sciences)*

Tuesday, January 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Social Science Matrix (820 Barrows Hall)

See examples of short, engaging research talks. Learn about the Grad Slam competition.


Grad Slam Info Session and Brainstorm (All disciplines)*

Wednesday, January 23, 3-4:30 p.m., 421 Stanley Hall

See examples of short, engaging research talks. Learn about the Grad Slam competition.


How to Tell a Compelling Story About Your Research* (Workshop)

Wednesday, January 30, 3-4:30 p.m., Townsend Center (220 Stephens Hall)

Activities for finding the compelling narratives within your research. Facilitated by Shane Carter, ORIAS Speakers’ Bureau.


Present with Confidence: Public Speaking Tips and Practice* (Workshop)

Tuesday, February 5, 3-4:30 p.m., 125 Morrison Hall

In this hands-on workshop, learn techniques for presenting confidently. Facilitated by Arathi Govind, Professional Development Liaison.


Code-Switching in Academic and Professional Life (Workshop)

Thursday, April 11, 3-4:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

A panel of faculty, staff, and graduate students share their experiences navigating code-switching in their professional and academic work. Facilitated by Rachel Wallace and Laura Pulido, Professional Development Liaisons.


Your Summer Plan (Workshop)

Thursday, May 2, 3-4:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

Build a plan for using the summer to advance your academic and career goals. Facilitated by Chris Hyun, Professional Development Liaison.

*These events are part of the “Grad Slam Step by Step” series, and will help students prepare to enter the Grad Slam competition if they choose. You are welcome to attend any of these events to improve public speaking and research communication skills, whether or not you plan to participate in Grad Slam. Read more about Grad Slam at

Passport to Professional Development

The Passport to Professional Development is a new initiative designed to help you take advantage of the many professional development opportunities on campus and diversify your competencies. After attending an advertised event, get a sticker on your “passport.”

How does the Passport work?

  1. Get a passport card from GradPro, your GSAO, or one of our partners. (You can also come visit our table at GradFest on August 27!)
  2. Attend one event or workshop that fulfills each of the six Professional Development Competencies (Writing & Communication, Teaching & Mentoring, Research & Data Analysis, Leadership & Management, Career Exploration & Preparation, Professionalism).
  3. Get a sticker on your passport for each event. (Stickers will be available at most events offered by us or one of our partners – just ask. Don’t see any stickers, or forgot to get one? See us at GradPro!)
  4. Once you have filled your passport with six stickers, schedule a consultation with GradPro and claim a prize! (Fall deadline: December 20, 2019.)


Get started!


This online resource, created especially for Berkeley graduate students, describes concrete steps you can take to develop your skills in six core competencies:

  • Teaching & Mentoring
  • Writing & Communication
  • Research & Data Analysis
  • Career Exploration & Preparation
  • Leadership & Management
  • Professionalism

Berkeley has institutional memberships to a number of valuable online resources. Create your free account and start using them today!

  • Lynda Online Learning Platform: Courses and online videos covering software, technology, business, and creative skills.
  • UC BerkeleyX: Online Berkeley courses in a variety of subjects.
  • ImaginePhD: A free, online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in humanities and social sciences.
  • VersatilePhD: Non-academic career resources for Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM Ph.D. students (sample resumes and cover letters, panel discussions, job postings).
  • MyIDP: A free, online career exploration and planning tool to help Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences develop an individual development plan (IDP).
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity: Online webinars, writing challenges, and motivational tools.

More Programs

GradPro is part of Berkeley’s Graduate Division, which also offers innovative professional development programs including:

Beyond the Graduate Division, GradPro’s many excellent campus partners include:

Our comprehensive Graduate Professional Development Calendar and biweekly Professional Development Digest cover events and opportunities from all of these programs, so you can find them all in one place.