Graduate Career Services Office


Cyclone Career Strategy Program

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!

Contact Us

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

Karin Lawton-Dunn

Senior Graduate Career Services Specialist

1156 Pearson Hall


Being career ready also means having strong communication skills. The Center for Communication Excellence supports the various writing, speaking, and digital communication needs of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Explore the Center's website. Don't miss out on a wide range of opportunties for enhancing your communication skills and your professional portfolio!