Graduate Leadership and Professional Development
developing a foundation for your successes
gradLEAP is committed to assisting graduate students as they lay the groundwork for their career
Explore programming focused on developing professional skills and career search strategies.
gradLEAP is focused on providing development of career competencies and professional skills
Our Career Competencies are designed to help navigate your graduate education, and successful career.
Community Building & Inclusion
Engage with your diverse community. Learn to: work effectively in diverse teams, collaborate on projects, value diverse perspectives and approaches, define roles, set appropriate norms for interaction, and navigate difficult conversations.
Apply creative problem solving to research and career challenges. Learn to: recognize inherent curiosities and take action, define and apply entrepreneurial thinking, and use design thinking to positively impact personal development and solve challenges.
Integrate professional development and build skills. Learn to: communicate professionally in emails and presentations, prepare for networking events & interviews, explain ethical concerns in your field, manage workplace conflict, and present your authentic self.
Reflection & Resilience
Take note of your progress and support each other through peer mentoring. Learn to: engage in reflective activities, explore career options & goal setting strategies, balance personal and professional goals, and view failures as opportunities to grow.
Communicate your research to broad audiences. Learn to: communicate with impact, craft personal narratives for application materials, identify your audience & target your story, and enhance communication skills.
Strategic Thinking & Goal Setting
Succeed by creating research and career plans. Learn to: define visions for your research and career, develop actionable steps, and identify individuals impacted by and to support you with your goals.
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93%of 2016 grads are entering the workforce
922students landed full or part-time jobs