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GPSPD (Graduate and Professional Student Professional Development) is a cross-campus initiative to empower students to pursue their own career pathway, help students develop a flexible view of career options, assist in the building of mentoring networks, advocate for graduate professional development among the campus community, and provide access to tools and training to strengthen skills in teaching, research and career.

GPSPD partners, through a framework of professional socialization and professionalism, networking and relationship building, communication and presentation skills, career development and management, and well-being and personal development, provide ways for graduate and professional students to forge their own paths to their future.

Professional Development Framework

The GPSPD team has worked to create a framework for professional development that can help guide graduate and professional students to opportunities that can help them achieve their career goals.

Professional Socialization & Professionalism

Learn skills and compentencies to become a professional in research and applied settings.

  • Learn collaboration across disciplines and creative problems solving to develop projects and effectively lead or contribute to teams.
  • Identify and cultivate the transferable skills taught within the graduate career that are expected of a high level, working professional.
  • Develop a professional identity.

Look for LinkedIn Learning courses in Professional Socialization & Professionalism

Networking & Relationship Building

Professional opportunities such as internships, grants, and collaborations are often acquired through professional networks.

  • Learn to establish and cultivate relationships with professionals and organizations in your field.

Look for LinkedIn Learning courses in Networking & Relationship Building

Communication & Presentation Skills

Writing and speaking to the public and within your field are critical for professional success.

  • Learn to develop professional oral and written communications, including public speaking, professional correspondence, presentation development and delivery, visual representation of data.
  • Learn when and how to use social media for personal brand development and professional purposes.

Look for LinkedIn Learning courses in Communication & Presentation Skills

Career Development & Management

Cultivate the skills to assess opportunities and take strategic risks.

  • Build awareness of career options in your field and pathways to those careers.
  • Learn personal goal setting and implementation.
  • Develop relevant skills, experience and competencies toward that career goal.
  • Develop a professional identity.

Look for LinkedIn Learning courses in Career Development & Management

Well-Being & Personal Development

It is important to understand the demands of graduate life and professional life.

  • Learn to manage the competing priorities of personal and professional life.
  • Develop attention to work-life harmony, personal goals, and professional productivity.

Look for LinkedIn Learning courses in Well-Being & Personal Development

GPSPD Partners

Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration

Center for Health Education & Wellness

Center for Student Engagement

Graduate School

Office of Community Engagement & Outreach

Office of the Dean of Students

Office of Information Technology

Office of Research and Engagement

Teaching and Learning Innovation

UT Libraries

The Writing Center