Study Here, Work Anywhere

Congratulations! You have carefully weighed all your options and chosen a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences to develop expertise in your field. Surveys of employers, however, have shown field expertise is not enough to be successful in today’s workforce. Graduates must also successfully demonstrate professional skills such as teamwork and collaboration, creativity, written and oral communication, analysis and synthesis of data, and planning and organization.

According to a 2012 report by the Council of Graduate Schools, these high-level transferable skills will always be needed across a wide range of occupations. Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate strong leadership, professionalism and work ethic, project management and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In this increasingly fast-paced and changing world, students entering the workforce must be prepared to constantly innovate and communicate their solutions to a wide audience. The American University Career Center launched the career skills initiative to prepare AU students for the new economy. 

With that in mind, we encourage CAS graduate students to take advantage of the CAS professional development program. The “Study Here/Work Anywhere” resource guide will shepherd you through the academic, professional and life skills that we encourage you to build during your time at American University. Take advantage of all the University has to offer you!

We have identified a set of core skills that masters and doctoral students will need to thrive in graduate school and their future career, including:

  • Academic Skills: Writing and quantitative skills, working with your advisor, academic planning, funding and publishing your research;
  • Career Skills: Identifying your career goals, internship and job search strategies, effective networking, interview skills, resume and cover letter writing; and
  • Life Skills: Financial planning, time management, physical well-being.

Choose the stage of your graduate career below to see what resources are available to help you become proficient at the skills needed for success. Early program indicates the first year and late program indicates the last year (Masters) or last two years (PhD) of your program.



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Early Program

  • Academic Planning

    AU Eagle Service: Student Planning
    Learn how to manage your academic plan in AU’s Student Planning tool in Eagle Service.

  • Quantitative Skills

    AU Statistical Consulting Center
    Provides assistance with statistics-related problems in a variety research arenas.

    Research Applications and Methods Support
    Contact:, 202-885-3862
    Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11am-9pm
    Location: Bender Library, Collaborative Room 7
    Advanced graduate studnet consultants can provide one-on-one help with qualitatie and quantitative research methods and research projects. They can help with data analysis and visualization or software.

  • Writing for Academia

    AU Writing Center
    Graduate students can schedule one-on-one consultations.

    Purdue Online Writing Lab
    Provides a wide variety of online instructional materials for a variety of writing projects.

    Yale Graduate Writing Lab
    Provides a wide variety of online instructional materials for a variety of writing projects.

Time Management

Mid Program

Stress management

  • Counseling Center
    Resources and one-on-one appointments.
  • Health Promotion and Advocacy Center
    AU’s Health Promotion and Advocacy Center offers workshops, outreach activities, and one-on-one consultations with students on a variety of issues including alcohol and drug use, sleep patterns, and healthy relationships.

Late Program

Financial planning for your early career

  • GradSense.Org
    The Council of Graduate Schools presents an online education platform to help students better understand a variety of issues, including transitioning to life after graduate school.