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Career Development Services

Career Development Services

Services offered by Lesley Jackson, graduate student career and professional development, will include career counseling, mock interviewing, group counseling and more. You can reach out to Lesley to schedule a meeting or learn more at

Graduate Career Office Hours 

A one-to-one confidential service designed to assist you with any career-related question you may have, including, but not limited to the following:  

  • Job search strategies
  • Career exploration
  • Resume or cover letter assistance
  • Networking help
  • LinkedIn guidance

Career office hours can be done in person or virtually, depending on the student’s comfort level and at their convenience. Students can register for one 30-minute session at a time using the following link: 

Graduate Mock Interviews 

Mock interviews are designed to assist graduate students in preparation for the interview process, whether it is a few days away, or sometime far in the future.  

  • Students register via this link, and include “mock interview” and format of mock interview (phone, virtual, in-person interview) in the notes section:
  • The student provides a resume ahead of the mock interview
  • Mock interviews are 30 minutes in length
  • Feedback is given immediately

Please note: Mock interviews will not include technical or field-specific questions, and students are encouraged to connect with advisors or industry professionals to get advice on such interview topics. 

Graduate Career and Professional Development Programs 

Graduate student programs are offered throughout the academic year and in different formats.  While many different programs are presented, frequent topics offered include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Resumes
  • Networking
  • Using LinkedIn
  • Interviewing
  • The Job Search for International Students
  • Managing Offers and Negotiating

Programming may also be offered at the request of faculty and student organizations.  Contact Lesley Jackson ( to learn more. 

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