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.

Events

CAS Study Here, Work Anywhere Seminar: Navigating Graduate School
October 8, 2019, 4:00-5:00 PM
Mary Graydon Center 247
In this hands-on workshop, students will transition to graduate school by ensuring they understand American University’s degree audit and registration system and the professional and personal support resources available to graduate students on campus. Students will have the opportunity to work on academic timelines for their graduate program and discuss technologies and habits that can help students succeed academically in the face of competing demands for time. Other topics to be discussed include developing a strong working relationship with your academic advisors and stress management techniques.

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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.

  • CAS Study Here, Work Anywhere Seminar: Navigating Graduate School
    October 8, 2019, 4:00-5:00 PM, Mary Graydon Center 247
    In this hands-on workshop, students will transition to graduate school by ensuring they understand American University’s degree audit and registration system and the professional and personal support resources available to graduate students on campus. Students will have the opportunity to work on academic timelines for their graduate program and discuss technologies and habits that can help students succeed academically in the face of competing demands for time. Other topics to be discussed include developing a strong working relationship with your academic advisors and stress management techniques.

  • Quantitative Skills

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

  • AU Research Commons
    AU resources for all your research needs.

  • 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

  • Defending and submitting your dissertation/thesis/capstone

    Office of Graduate Studies: Theses and Dissertation Submission
    Templates, due dates and instructions for submitting your theses and dissertations.

    Thesis and Dissertations: Electronic Submission Process
    October 15, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm
    Bender Library Room 306

  • Dissertation Support Group
    First Tuesday of Every Month, 4:00-6:00pm
    Battelle Tompkins 228
    This group is a support group in which fellow PhD students from across disciplines could meet to combat the sense of isolation and anxiety that sometimes comes from the dissertation writing process; it could also have monthly themes with guest speakers on common issues facing dissertators, such as procrastination, time management, and work/life balance. Please complete the following survey so we could gauge student interest in such a group.

  • Publishing your research

    Office of Graduate Studies: High Impact Research
    Tips for promoting your research through social media and other non-academic channels.

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.

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