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Career and Professional Development


Professional development refers to the ongoing process of acquiring and enhancing the skills, knowledge, and competencies in your graduate area of study and as a practitioner necessary for you to succeed and advance your career. Career development is a process of identifying and pursuing your professional goals. It involves a series of steps you take to achieve career success by seeking opportunities for growth to advance your career. The two areas do overlap, and you will likely find that your focus early in your graduate studies is more on professional development, while career development will become more important as you progress through your degree.

The Graduate School and Graduate Career Services offer an array of programs, resources, and services that can support your professional and career development. From networking opportunities to workshops to career counseling, we’re firmly committed to helping you accomplish your goals. Once you begin your graduate studies, watch for opportunities offered by your graduate program, college or school, and other organizations around Penn State.

Career and Professional Development Resources from The Graduate School at Penn State:

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Career Development Services

Learn more about exciting professional development opportunities and services offered by the Graduate School!

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Upcoming Programs

Learn more about events, send yourself email reminders, and subscribe to our professional development calendar to never miss an event.

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Accelerate to Industry

This program connects graduate students with industry companies to explore employment opportunities, and helps students develop the business, leadership, and communication skills that companies seek in new employees.

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Additional Career Resources and Opportunities

Learn more about other resources and opportunities on the University Park campus, as well as gradaute programs with extended optional practical training eligibility

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Lesley Jackson

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Lesley Jackson 
Associate Director of Graduate Student Career and Professional Development 

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