Study Here, Work Anywhere

Congratulations! You have carefully weighed all your options and chosen a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences to develop expertise in your field. Surveys of employers, however, have shown field expertise is not enough to be successful in today’s workforce. Graduates must also successfully demonstrate professional skills such as teamwork and collaboration, creativity, written and oral communication, analysis and synthesis of data, and planning and organization.

With that in mind, we encourage CAS graduate students to take advantage of the CAS professional development program. The “Study Here/Work Anywhere” resource guide will shepherd you through the academic, professional and life skills that we encourage you to build during your time at American University. Take advantage of all the University has to offer you!

We have identified a set of core skills that masters and doctoral students will need to thrive in graduate school and their future career, including:

  • Academic Skills: Writing and quantitative skills, working with your advisor, academic planning, funding and publishing your research;
  • Career Skills: Identifying your career goals, internship and job search strategies, effective networking, interview skills, resume and cover letter writing; and
  • Life Skills: Financial planning, time management, physical well-being.

Choose the stage of your graduate career below to see what resources are available to help you become proficient at the skills needed for success. Early program indicates the first year and late program indicates the last year (Masters) or last two years (PhD) of your program.

Events

TA/RA Training
September TBD
From the Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Job Search Essentials in 90 Minutes
September 24, 6:00-8:00
Join the career center for three 30-minute sessions on how to prep for the job and internship fair, resumes, and networking.

CAS Study Here, Work Anywhere Seminar: Grad Student Career Center Resources
October TBD
Join the career center to discuss career center resources to help you land the perfect internship or post-graduate school job.

At least 10 business days before the project deadline, the final budget, budget justification, and nearly final narrative must be sent to caspreward@american.edu.

As most of the review takes place at the CAS level, our office requires at least 5 business days to review proposal documents for accuracy and compliance and to obtain approval for institutional commitments such as course releases, cost-share, new positions, use of space, etc.

CAS Pre-Award releases documents to OSP for institutional processing.* OSP then obtains necessary signatures and conducts overall review.

*Please note that the PI has until 2 business days before the deadline to finalize the proposal narrative.

OSP approves and submits proposal.

After securing all necessary institutional signatures and approvals, OSP submits the proposal to the sponsor and notifies the PI and CAS Pre-Award.

Early Program

Identifying Your Career Goals

Discover Your Passion (AU Career Center)
Deciding what major or career to pursue can be difficult, so we encourage you to take a deep breath, ponder these questions, and focus on what will ultimately make you happy.

Vitae Research Developer Framework
Vitae, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the skills of researchers, has developed a framework to explore the skills you need to become a professional researcher.

American Historical Association
AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative helps prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options.

Humanities Indicators
The American Academic of Arts and Sciences presents career data for those with advanced degrees in the humanities.

National Science Board
The National Science Board presents career information for doctorates in science, social science, engineering and health.

Developing a Professional Online Profile

Beginner’s Guide to Establishing a Professional Online Presence
Overview of popular social media platforms used by academics.

NACE: The Career Counselors Guide to Social Media
A series of guides on professional use of social media by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Writing a Successful Resume

AU Career Center: Resumes
Templates and tips on writing the perfect resume.

Mid Program

Late Program

Identifying Your Career Goals

Discover Your Passion (AU Career Center)
Deciding what major or career to pursue can be difficult, so we encourage you to take a deep breath, ponder these questions, and focus on what will ultimately make you happy.

Vitae Research Developer Framework
Vitae, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the skills of researchers, has developed a framework to explore the skills you need to become a professional researcher.

American Historical Association
AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative helps prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options.

Humanities Indicators
The American Academic of Arts and Sciences presents career data for those with advanced degrees in the humanities.

National Science Board
The National Science Board presents career information for doctorates in science, social science, engineering and health.

Developing a Professional Online Profile

Beginner’s Guide to Establishing a Professional Online Presence
Overview of popular social media platforms used by academics.

NACE: The Career Counselors Guide to Social Media
A series of guides on professional use of social media by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Writing a Successful Resume

AU Career Center: Resumes
Templates and tips on writing the perfect resume.