Professional Development

Preparing You For Success

At the Graduate School, we’re committed to providing the information and support you need for you to complete your graduate degree. To that end, we present a number of helpful workshops and events throughout the year. And our staff can offer you focused assistance with topics such as recruitment, thesis and dissertation preparation, and financial awards to groups of students or faculty in individual departments.

NDSU Career Center

The NDSU Career Center offers a wide variety of services and resources to help you navigate your career path. From interview prep to networking and job placement resources, we can help you tailor a plan for your future.


Go to the Career Center


Ph.D. Career Investigation Site

If you’re unsure about your career path after you earn a PhD in a science field, myIDP is a service that can help you create an individual development plan (IDP) to explore career possibilities and set goals to follow.

myIDP provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process


Go to myIDP

Professional Development Listserv

Our listserv gives you a variety of professional development information. Topics include applying for jobs in a range of fields, resumes and curricula vitae, leadership, professional networking, teaching, communication, and the like. 

Please follow the instructions below to subscribe to the list:

  • Send an email to
  • Leave the email’s subject line blank
  • In the body (not subject) of the email, enter the following: SUB NDSU-GRADSTU-PRO-DEVELOP yourfirstname yourlastname

Note: You should enter your first and last name in place of yourfirstname and yourlastname in the above directions. Your name must be at least two words.

Listserv Archive

Below you will find previous resources on a range of professional development topics:

Reading Your Application File (August 23, 2017)
Understand the point of view of a member of a search committee for an academic position that focuses on research in the sciences.

How to Style your Skype Interview (April 27, 2016)
Get tips on how to present yourself professionally in a Skype interview.

Tips on Seeking Federal Government Jobs (August 11, 2015)
Find helpful advice for seeking employment in the federal government and, more generally, in settings other than academia.

Employment Options for Graduate Degree Earners: Transferable Skills (July 20, 2015)

A multi-part column on transferable skills that graduate students have. If you’re thinking about employment in business, industry, nonprofit, or government settings, identifying the skills you have to offer is a crucial first step.

Part 1: PhDs Do Have Transferable Skills
Part 2: PhDs Do Have Transferable Skills

Writing Successful Grant Proposals (August 9, 2017)
Learn more about writing successful grant proposals and more resources you can explore.

From Bench Science to … ? New Book on Careers for Science PhDs (August 23, 2017)
Learn more about using your PhD to pursue a non-academic career.

The Postdoctoral Bait and Switch
Identify the differences between a postdoc experience that is likely to provide meaningful training and one that is not.