An event scheduled for the afternoons of Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, on the Western Carolina University campus is aimed at helping graduate students become more prepared to move into careers in the global economy.
“Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers,” offering sessions aimed at both faculty members and students, is being sponsored by WCU’s Graduate School, Office of Career Services, Graduate Student Association and Coulter Faculty Commons.
The event will kick off at 2:30 p.m. March 5 in Conference Room A at Blue Ridge Hall as Maureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Georgia, delivers a keynote address.
“Dr. Grasso currently serves on the Council of Graduate Schools board of directors and was part of the commission that wrote the ‘Pathways Through Graduate School Into Careers’ report in 2012,” said Mimi Fenton, interim dean of WCU’s Graduate School and Research. “She is an engaging speaker and will be discussing how and why faculty members need to assist graduate students in thinking about their educational, vocational and professional pathways through and after graduate school.”
Grasso’s address will be followed at 3:30 p.m. March 5 by an interactive workshop for members of the graduate faculty. Lead by Coulter Faculty Commons staff, the workshop will focus on incorporating professional skills into an academically rigorous curriculum. Faculty members planning to attend the workshop are asked to register at http://tinyurl.com/a2egmay.
A panel discussion aimed primarily at graduate students and prospective graduate students will be held the following day, March 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in conference rooms B and C at Blue Ridge Hall. Representatives of several local businesses – Mission Health, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel, and Burke Development Inc. – along with Mike Murray, superintendent of Jackson County schools, will discuss their experiences in hiring new employees and talk about how graduate students can make themselves more marketable and prepared for the job search.
Representatives of WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach, Graduate School, Career Services, Coulter Faculty Commons and Graduate Student Association will be on hand to provide information about their services.
For more information on the Pathways event, contact the Graduate School office at 828-227-7398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.