Launched in 2006, PREP was created to help graduate students and postdocs manage their own professional careers. Through workshops, programs, and resources organized around a conceptual framework for career planning, its goal is to promote their success in their graduate programs or postdoctoral experience and to provide them a competitive edge securing professional positions. Learn more about our innovative features:
The PREP Matrix
Under PREP our workshops and programs target 4 thematic skill areas (planning, resilience, engagement, professionalism) through 3 stages of the doctoral degree: early (completing course work, taking qualifying exams, designing research projects, starting to teach, and beginning to formulate career plans), mid (taking comprehensive exams, conducting research, strengthening teaching skills, and developing professional networks), and late (completing the dissertation, finishing a postdoc, and searching for academic or non-academic positions).
The PREP model is linked to important transferable skills: practical abilities that are fundamental to success in graduate school and in a range of professional contexts, from academia to industry, corporations, agencies, and government. These skills are not add-ons to doctoral education; they are developed in the process of that education, and they include communication, leadership, ethics and integrity, collaboration, balance and resilience, and research, scholarship, and creative activities. Becoming aware of and intentionally cultivating transferable skills helps to secure a successful transition into a variety of careers.
Need to read more about these skill areas? See The Graduate School’s Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan [PDF].
If you want to customize your career trajectory, you can create a free Career Success account, allowing you to save your PREP plan (with resources from the matrix), develop annual individual development plans (building on the matrix and incorporating your own documents) that you can share with your mentors, and create professional portfolios that document your skills and that can be shared with employers and connected to LinkedIn.
To provide programs and workshops, the Graduate School plans and partners with: Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies - Teaching Assistant Program - Ph.D. Career Services - Graduate Student Life and Wellness - Office of Faculty and Organizational Development - Council of Graduate Students - Graduate Employees Union.