Mentoring for the next steps in your career

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mentoring week 2020 streamGraduate and postdoctoral students can learn to navigate difficult parts of their careers and plan for their future while faculty learn to be better mentors for their trainees during Mentoring Week, presented by the Office of Postdoctoral Education, March 2-6. All events are hosted in The Edge of Chaos, located in Lister Hill Library.

March 2  

Mentoring Academy for Trainees

Career-planning and decision-making is challenging for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and finding career satisfaction is worth the effort during your training. Here, you can discuss the career landscape, develop a plan and gain tools to navigate difficult conversations related to your career.

Registration is required. The event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and refreshments and lunch are provided.

Tuesday, March 3

Mentoring Academy for Faculty

The responsibility of a mentor is to ensure trainees are prepared for success. Here, faculty will delve into the career landscape data and outcomes, explore tools for career planning and gain a better understanding of how to support career goals.

Registration is required. The event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and refreshments and lunch are provided.

Wednesday, March 4

Developing a Robust Workforce

Philip Clifford, Ph.D., professor in kinesiology and nutrition, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-author of the career website,, will discuss ways to prepare trainees for success and how trainees should approach career planning during the keynote address for the luncheon.

Thursday, March 5

Theater Delta: Career Planning within the Academy

This interactive theatre performance explores mentoring and decision-making in career paths in academic research. Theater Delta uses scripted and improvisational audience participation to foster dialogue.

The event is noon-1:30 p.m., and lunch is provided.

Friday, March 6

Walk-in career advising

Stop by and chat with someone who can help with the next steps in your career or with application materials 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Download schedule of Mentoring Week 2020 events here.