The Graduate School at Virginia Commonwealth University provides courses and programs to help graduate students achieve their career and professional goals.
The Preparing Future Faculty Program offers a series of short courses and professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in higher education.
The Leaders and Entrepreneurs Academy for Professional Development offers a series of short courses and experiences to assist graduate students seeking careers in industry, nonprofit organizations, health care, public service and government.
Graduate Credential of Completion in Qualitative Research
To meet growing demand for well-trained qualitative researchers, both nationally and internationally, the VCU Graduate Credential of Completion in Qualitative Research recognizes doctoral students who pursue an advanced course of study in qualitative research methods.
The GCCQR requires that VCU doctoral students in good standing complete 12 hours of course work in qualitative research methods, including a 3-credit introductory course and 9 credits of an advanced course. This is a great opportunity for doctoral students who plan to do a qualitative or mixed-methods dissertation.
Define your career goals
The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers a free tool for students to use to assist you in creating development plans to determine your career goals. myIDP is web-based and tailored to meet the needs of Ph.D. students. It offers exercises to identify your skills and interests, pathways to help match your identified skills and interests with careers, goal setting and resources to guide you along the way.
The list of resources provided below can assist graduate students with career and professional development:
- Council of Graduate Schools Career Portal
- VCU Career Services
- VCU School of Business Career Services
- VCU Engineering Career Services
- VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education
- The Versatile PhD
- VCU Online for Faculty
- Graduate Research Symposium
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- NIH Career Services for Graduate Students