Office of Professional Development Events

A still from a career panel inset in a computer monitor, Sharolyn standing in front of a coffee hour, a still from an OPD seminar inset in a computer monitor.

The Office of Professional Development facilitates multiple events each month that are open to all graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences. Learn about our upcoming events by subscribing to our weekly newsletter or checking out our office calendar on the sidebar (our events are shown in orange).

Career Exploration Series

Each month during the academic year, the OPD hosts a panel of professionals who have navigated from a PhD to roles within a particular career path. The OPD facilitates a Q&A with the panelists to learn about their role, how they got to where they are now, and skills that current trainees can leverage or develop if they want to follow a similar career path. Panelists are often alumni of BGREAT programs, and almost always encourage attendees to follow up with them for further discussion if they have more questions. The Career Exploration Series is a great way to learn about career options and make connections with professionals who have already made similar transitions! The Career Exploration Series panels are recorded and can be accessed via the OPD Mediaspace channel (note: a UMN login is required to view the recordings). The Career Exploration Series is virtual, held via Zoom Webinar.

OPD Seminar Series

Each month during the academic year, the OPD presents informational seminars on topics related to career and professional development. Topics have varied widely, including our popular job document series that helps trainees prepare a resume, CV, or cover letter for job applications; Postdoc Month (June 2021), which focused on identifying postdoc options that are a good fit and preparing to apply and interview for the position; and using individual development plans to set and reach goals. The OPD Seminar Series is recorded and can be accessed via the OPD Mediaspace channel (note: a UMN login is required to view the recordings). The OPD Seminar Series is virtual, held via Zoom Webinar.

OPD Coffee Hours

The OPD co-hosts a coffee hour with the UMN Postdoctoral Association (PDA) during the academic year. Join us for a hot beverage, snack, or just to say hi! The location of the coffee hour changes weekly. Find us on the:

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