Graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend the CLAS Career Boot Camp

This event will offer grad students and postdocs the opportunity to explore multiple career pathways and prepare for the next step in their professional lives.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

CLAS will host its 2022 Career Boot Camp for graduate and postdoctoral students on August 11 and 12 in the University Capitol Center (UCC) Conference Center (2520). This two-day professional development event will provide first-person career advice from professionals in diverse fields, opportunities for networking and career development, and lunch. 

 The CLAS Career Boot Camp will feature:

  1. Panels
    Hear from PhDs working in a diverse array of careers. Panelists will share their insights and take questions on finding, changing, and working in their current and past positions.
  2. Networking
    How do you start networking? Practice! Our panelists, alumni, and other volunteers will be on hand to help you get some practice talking about your work and career interests.
  3. Mentoring
    Connect with faculty mentors from other departments before and during the event to talk about career options, get support, and build your mentoring team.
  4. Tools 
    Explore online tools developed for PhDs in your discipline. Explore career pathways, learn about how to move into different career areas, and plan your next step.

Space is limited, so please apply to participate by Friday, July 22. 

This event will offer grad students and postdocs the opportunity to explore multiple career pathways and prepare for the next step in their professional lives. It was inspired by a program at University College Cork.

CLAS Career Boot Camp Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 11

  • 9:00-9:15 a.m., Welcome from Associate Dean Christine Getz
  • 9:15-9:30 a.m., Networking icebreaker with Professor Teresa Mangum
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m., Values and priorities with Dr. Brady Krien
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m., From networking to interview strategies with Professor Teresa Mangum
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m., Break 
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m., Guest Panel No. 1: What I Wish I had Known, moderator Professor Freda Lynn
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Networking lunch 
  • 1:00 -2:00 p.m., Guest Panel No. 2, Transitions, Challenges, and Successes, moderator Professor Maurine Neiman 
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m., Parallel Sessions: Transforming your C.V. into a Resume with Dr. Brady Krien or Mock Interviews with Assistant Dean Jen Teitle

Friday, August 12 

  • 9:00-10:15 a.m., Parallel Sessions: Getting started with LinkedIn or LinkedIn with Dr. Brady Krien and Social Media Networking for Professional Success with Assistant Dean Jen Teitle
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m., Break 
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Guest Panel No. 3: Navigating Diverse Career Trajectories, moderator Professor Vincent Rodgers 
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Next Steps with Associate Dean Christine Getz and Professor Stephen Voyce

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.