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Demystifying Academic Careers For Graduate Students

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.139.1 - 1.139.4



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Sara McComb

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Linda Blevins

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—... —..- Demystifying Academic Careers for Graduate Students

S. A. McComb and L. G. Blevins Purdue University


A graduate seminar series has been developed by the Purdue University student chapter of ASEE. Seminar topics include suggestions for getting the right job, keeping a job, and developing a personal education philosophy. Attendance has averaged over 100 students per session, demonstrating the success of the program.


Throughout their education process graduate students are inundated with information regarding their major field of study, but rarely are they offered any instruction regarding their many career opportunities. Students trying to decide the career path best for them, how to enter that job market, and how to become successful upon entry, while developing a style of their own, need a venue to find information to assist them in these difficult tasks. Faculty members are a good source of information; however, they may not have the experience or the time necessary to do a thorough job mentoring graduate students regarding their careers. There is literature available from a variety ofsourcesl’2’3’4’5. However, many students don’t realize this type of literature is available, and if they do know there is information out there, they don’ t know where to easily find it. The Purdue University Student Chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) offers seminars to help fill this void in the educational process of graduate students. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the graduate seminar series.


The graduate seminar series is designed to inform graduate students about three areas of their career development process: (1) getting the right job, (2) keeping a job, and (3) developing a personal educational philosophy. These seminars are designed to provide graduate students with a source of information based on the experience, expertise and wisdom of the presenters. Since 1993, more than ten graduate seminars have been held. Each seminar is coordinated and facilitated by graduate student members of ASEE. The success of the seminar series can be seen by the popularity of the seminars. Attendance has averaged over 100 graduate students per seminar. The following sections highlight the various types of information presented to the graduate students.

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McComb, S., & Blevins, L. (1996, June), Demystifying Academic Careers For Graduate Students Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5962

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