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?

  • Self-assessment of career needs and Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • 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 Career Catalyst Series

Spring 2024 (Download Flyer Here)


Location: Parks Library, Room 31 (basement)

ATS What? Getting Resume Ready for Success  
Tuesday, February 27, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

How to Build Your Professional Network and Make it Work for YOU!  
Tuesday, March 26, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm



Location: Parks Library, Room 31 (basement)

Wait, Resumes and CVs are Two Different Documents? A Guide to Resumes and CV Success 
Tuesday, March 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are You LinkedIn or LinkedOut? 
Tuesday, March 19, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Networking and Informational Interviews 
Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

You Got an Interview – Now What? A Guide to Behavioral Interviewing 
Tuesday, April 23, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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

1137 Pearson Hall