Professional Development (TREC)
What Is “TREC”?
The TREC Committee (Teaching, Research, Ethics, Career) is the professional development arm of the Graduate Student Union. Composed of graduate student volunteers, our mission is to offer information and programming that will help Notre Dame graduate students achieve their goals. We believe that professional development is not just about polishing your academic credentials and technical skills. It’s about building confidence, learning self-awareness, and improving the leadership and communication skills that will help you become successful in whatever post-graduate career path you choose.
The concept of professional development is about tapping into your untapped potential. It is about lifelong learning and growing as an individual. What you will gain in our sessions will remain with you for a lifetime!
Want to learn more about professional development at Notre Dame? Check a few items off your Professional Development Checklist and get free lunch about once a month by joining TREC!
For upcoming events, check out the calendar of professional development events for graduate students.
Check the ND Graduate School Professional Development page regularly for updates, events and resources!
Professional Development Resources at Notre Dame
- GSU Conference Presentation Grant
- Notre Dame Internal Funding Opportunities (Grants and Fellowships)
- Notre Dame External Graduate Fellowship Database
- Notre Dame Subject Librarians (Excellent resource to tap for literature reviews!)
- COS (Research Funding Database)
- H-Net Fellowships List
Other Resources Around Campus:
The Four Horsemen Society (Entrepreneurship & Innovation)
Innovation Park (Entrepreneruships, Innovation, Collaboration)
External Resources and Interesing Readings:
Versatile PhD (Must subscribe .. but it's free)
- Potential Employers and Facebook (Know what to expect, your rights, and some precautions)
Networking and Communication:
- How to Find a Job through Networking
- How to build your network
- How to work the phone: 6 tricks for conversations and interviews
Non-Academic Career Paths:
- Beyond Academe (Focus is on historians but has some general advice too)
- Our Secret Non-academic Histories
- For Science Ph.D.'s: There is no one true path
- Escape the Ivory Tower
- The beauty of transferable skills: How grad school prepares you for careers off the beaten path
Books the university-wide Professional Development Committee has read for event ideas:
- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
- Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It
- Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter
-Coffee, Cupcakes & TREC 2012: Get a Cupcake, Get a Job! A professional development fair at which graduate students got to meet and talk to representatives from offices associated with the four spires, including the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, the Career Center and the Hesburgh Libraries.
-Personal side of professional life: Panelists discuss the delicate balance between family life, socializing, and dating while working in a time demanding field (such as academia).
- Coffee, Cupcakes & TREC: (11/08/2012) A meet & greet to introduce this new committee to the graduate student body as well as poll the students to understand the needs of graduate students with respect to their professional development.
- Establishing your online presence: (04/26/2012) Four presenters wll provide expertise and advice on a range of topics, i.e. personal blogs, personal webpages vs. professional webpages, webpage content, personal branding between the various online profiles, effective use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ etc.
Presenters: Don Schindler Ann Moran Kevin Zeise Tim Flanagan
-Picture Day: (05/04/2012) TREC is bringing in a photographer to take professional looking portraits of graduate students to be used for webpages, blogs, awards, etc.
If you would like to recommend other resources or content for this page, or if you have a suggestion for an event to help further develop the professionalism of graduate students, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last updated: October 2, 2012