What does it mean to be a professional? Representatives from across the spectrum of graduate education and student services are coming together to define what this term can mean to UC graduate students. “A professional answers to a higher code.” “A professional is not just here to get a job and make money.” “A professional brings people together.”
Any student can identify as a professional, bridging the gaps between diverse disciplines of study. And when the needs of all graduate students are considered from a professional development standpoint, everyone in the university community benefits.
The Professional Development Council is a new initiative to coordinate opportunities for all graduate students. “Our vision is to connect independent units and combine efforts to think strategically about professional development,” says Yonatan Eyal, director of graduate studies at the Graduate School. The council meets to discuss respective departments’ latest efforts to enrich the graduate experience and prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s scholars, researchers, scientists, and performers. When movers and shakers from these diverse areas of study gather in one room, innovative ideas are born.
Get a glimpse of the latest professional development initiatives currently in the works straight from a few of the representatives below. If you don’t see your program or office represented, consider joining the council. Coordinating resources and support for students of all backgrounds is integral to the university’s vision for quality graduate education.