Welcome graduate students and postdoctoral scholars!
We work across the university to connect you with career coaching support and resources that empower you to achieve your professional and life goals. Benefit from a range of opportunities and services tailored to your individual needs from the beginning of your degree program through your graduation and beyond!


  • Assess strengths and aspirations
  • Set professional development and career goals
  • Learn how to develop a personal brand

professional identity

  • Navigate career opportunities and explore the best career fit
  • Network and build professional relationships
  • Practice and enhance career readiness competencies


  • Leverage strengths and become career ready
  • Conduct effective job searches, craft application materials, and prepare for interviewing
  • Enter the job market and land your dream job!

When to get involved?

Anytime! Whether your career is at the forefront of your goals or not yet, whether you want to pursue a faculty job or a career path outside of academia, and regardless of where you are in your academic journey, it is never too early or too late for you to engage with opportunities for career exploration and advancement.

What do we offer?

  • Individual face-to-face and online career coaching
  • Informational sessions
  • Educational seminars
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Career development resources

What do we cover?

  • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Self-assessment of career needs
  • Professional portfolio: Resume, CV, Cover Letter, etc.
  • Presence in the professional world: LinkedIn and social media
  • Academic and professional networking
  • Successful job search
  • Mock interviews
  • Negotiation
  • And more!

Graduate & Postdoc Career Catalyst Series

Fall 2023 Career Seminars


Preparing for the Transition from Academia to Industry: Informational Interview Insights and How to Navigate Your Network  

Monday, October 2, 2023, 3:30 - 5:00 pm in Morrill Hall, Room 2019


Adapting to AI: Resume Strategies for Grad Students and Post Docs

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 3:30PM-5:00PM in Town Hall, Room 0280


Leveraging LinkedIn: A Career Workshop for Grad Students and Post Docs

 Thursday, November 09, 2023, from 11:30AM-1:00PM in Coover Hall, Room 2245


Bridging the Gap: Virtual Panel of Alumni Experiences Navigating the Academia-to-Industry Shift -

Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 5:00PM- virtual (Link to be sent to registrants.)


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Questions: gradcareers@iastate.edu


Make an appointment

To schedule a Career Coaching appointment, please selesct a time through our online booking system https://booking.appointy.com/en-US/dwcisu/bookings/service.

Contact Us

Let's get in touch! Email us at gradcareers@iastate.edu or call 515-294-6954.

Karin Lawton-Dunn

Senior Graduate Career Services Specialist

1156 Pearson Hall