News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - May 26, 2020
Summer is here! I hope you can take a moment to mark the transition in some way and switch gears. Semester breaks are the perfect time to take a step back in a more relaxed frame of mind and think about next steps and long-term goals. Although we are experiencing some uncertainty, it is still a good time to reflect on all you have accomplished and plan how to move forward with your professional and career goals.
Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs
Your Career and Professional Development
Are you feeling unsure about what comes next? Graduate College Career Development offers individual career advising to help you explore careers, identify options that work for you, and take your next steps. We can also support you during an active job search with application material review and interview prep. Visit https://grad.illinois.edu/careers/advising to make an online appointment.
First thing on Mondays, join the Graduate College for a collaborative conversation about the week ahead. In each session, you’ll connect with fellow grad students, reflect on your plans, and build momentum with a list of small and meaningful goals. Come with questions, share your tips, and start your week off positively. Stop by each Monday or as often as you’d like. Join at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/PlanYourWeek.
Every Thursday starting June 4, join us for a workshop designed to help you reach your goals. Over 8 weeks, we'll help you talk about your research more effectively, build a first-class LinkedIn profile, learn how to turn your dissertation into a book, and much more. See the full schedule at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/workshops.
Your Research and Teaching
June 4, 1 - 2 p.m., Online
Every graduate student hears many times “the dissertation is not the book,” but what does that really mean? Dawn Durante, a senior acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press, will discuss the differences between the dissertation and the book and give helpful advice on how to approach revisions in order to transform a successful dissertation into a successful book manuscript. This workshop will be broadcast online at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:15 - 11:45 a.m., online
Kim Sheahan, Spurlock Museum's resident storyteller, will be offering 30-minute live storytelling sessions on Spurlock's Facebook page (external link) every Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11:15 am–11:45 am CDT. Appropriate for all ages, families encouraged!
Fridays, noon, online
Krannert Art Museum is working to continue supporting our weekly yoga practice. Each week, they publish a hatha yoga video on Friday at noon. Yoga at KAM gives us time each week to breathe and reflect and connect with one another, even during a time when we need to be distant. Access the video via the Krannert Art Museum YouTube Channel.
Postdoc Post is distributed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to current Postdocs at Illinois. Please see our website for submission information.
If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in Postdoc Post, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.