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Professional Development

COVID-19 Update

This is an extraordinary time to be preparing for a career. Although there is uncertainty around how the job market will be affected by the current crisis, there are still good reasons to continue your professional development and career planning. We are offering increased flexibility in scheduling appointments with our career coaches. Virtual appointments are available at most times of the day. If you are interested in making an appointment with a career coach, please fill out this form.


Use the Professional Development and Career Planning (PDCP) timeline to help guide your preparation throughout the stages of your graduate career, from pre-candidacy to your final year.

PDCP Timeline

Graduate education is a stepping stone to a professional career, whether in education, public service or private enterprise.

At LGS, we fully recognize the profound impact that the right professional development resources can have on students. We offer a range of professional development and career planning programming that encourages students to develop their professional skills and to engage with broader professional communities.

We invite you to take advantage of programming designed to help you:

  • Sharpen your professional skills related to grant writing, communicating your research, teaching and more;
  • Explore careers within the academy and beyond the professoriate, and connect with successful alumni who have used their degrees to great professional success;
  • Manage the job search through advanced preparation and a plan to navigate the search process;
  • Explore fellowship and grant opportunities, from advanced fellowships offered by LGS and Emory partners to external opportunities that build professional capacity;
  • Master the art of teaching and gain experience with the proven and cutting-edge pedagogical tools;
  • Establish a foundational understanding of ethics and the responsible conduct of research;
  • Learn how to build successful mentoring relationships
  • And more!

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