SoHE Professional Development

When you participate in professional development, you build skills needed to succeed academically and thrive in your career. The following are professional development activities that we recommend for your consideration:

SoHE Professional Development Seminar (PDS)

The most up-to-date information on the OneSoHE Advanced Professional Development Seminar can be found on the Graduate Programs website. All graduate students will also receive the calendar invite with room location and/or zoom links for each scheduled event. SoHE graduate students in all graduate programs are invited and encouraged to attend these events. This seminar series is focused on professional development topics for SoHE students (across our MS, HDFS, CSCR, DS, and CBFE programs). These sessions are on critical topics for being successful in graduate school as well as in your future careers. Students are encouraged to attend multiple sessions each year. Reporting on these sessions occurs through the Annual Review of Graduate Students each spring. During your final years of a PhD program, all students are required to attend six seminars.

On Campus

The Graduate School develops and curates a wide variety of resources for professional development, including a tool to assess your skills, set goals, and create a plan with recommended activities on campus (e.g., the popular “Individual Development Plan” or IDP) as well as programming to help you explore careers, prepare for a job search, build your network and learn from alumni, manage projects, communicate about your research, and much more.

DiscoverPD helps master’s and doctoral students at UW-Madison advance their academic and professional goals with customized recommendations based on a skills self-assessment. The 400+ professional development recommendations available in the DiscoverPD database are available in a range of formats to best meet your diverse needs, including in-person, virtual, asynchronous, and synchronous opportunities. All of this can be found at:

Professional Development from the Graduate School 

The Graduate School communicates professional development opportunities through an e-newsletter, GradConnections, that all graduate students receive at their email. Graduate students in traditional graduate degree programs receive the newsletter weekly during the academic year and every other week in the summer.


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