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G.R.A.D. Aggies Opportunities for Professional Development

G.R.A.D. Aggies offers professional Development opportunities to all graduate students whether you’re just starting your degree program or on the brink of graduation. The matrix below categorizes professional development activities into four different skill areas (what we call competencies). Click on the skill area for a description.

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G.R.A.D. Aggies Calendar of Events

All activities listed in the G.R.A.D. Aggies calendar are eligible for Professional Development Credit (PDU) towards the G.R.A.D. Aggies certificate. Also, look for the weekly G.R.A.D. Aggies eNewsletter sent to graduate students via their TAMU email account. 

Skill Areas

Academic Development

Preparing research proposals, abstracts and conference posters; seeking publication and degree completion; developing life skills including stress management,support networks,financial management, etc.

Leadership & Communication Development

Improving skills in oral and written communication, collaboration, self-awareness and mentoring; understanding diversity and the demands of a global workforce.

Instruction & Assessment

Enhancing knowledge in areas including course design and delivery methods, assessing learning and reflecting on practice; Engaging in teaching opportunities beyond initial teaching experience.

Career Development

Expanding career path knowledge and job searching skills; improving networking and marketability; developing entrepreneurial skills; professionalism. Career paths are identified along two dimensions:

  • Within academia
  • Outside academia in government, industry/business or non-profit

Professional Development Stages

To get the most out of your professional development experience, tell us your professional development level and we will recommend what activities to consider in each skill area:

Early-Stage: I'm just getting started.

If you are just starting out in graduate school and/or with your professional development, we recommend you start in the “early stage”. You can select the professional development areas below that interest you the most. Try out some activities listed in the early stage. For example, if you would like to prepare for a future career as a faculty member and want to further develop your teaching skills, check out the activities listed in early stage of Teaching and Instruction.

If you worked full time before starting graduate school, we recommend skipping this stage and starting in the mid -or late stage, depending on your amount of Previous work experience.

View Early-Stage Calendar: To view all activities recommended for students in the early stage click here.

View Early-Stage Competency Calendar: To filter activities in the early stage by competency area click links below:

Mid-Stage: I'm ready for the next step.

If you completed some activities from early stage or have previous work or professional development experience, we recommend you start in the “mid-stage”. You can pick the professional development skill areas that most interest you and try out some activities listed in the mid stage.

View Mid-Stage Calendar: To view all activities recommended for students in the mid stage click here.

View Mid-Stage Competency Calendar: To filter activities in the mid stage by competency area click below links:

Late-Stage: I've got a lot of experience.

If you are preparing for graduation, or already possess a lot of work or professional development experience, we recommend you start in the late stage. You can pick the professional development skill areas that interest you most and try out some activities listed in the late stage.

View Late-Stage Calendar: To view all activities recommended for students in the late stage click here.

View Late-Stage Competency Calendar: To filter activities in the late stage by competency area click below links:

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