Take Ownership of Your Graduate Journey

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As a graduate student, you have free access and memberships to many academic and professional development resources, tools, and networks

  • Whether your future career is beyond the academy or on camus, use these resources to asses your skills and add useful content to your Individual Development Plan (IDP). 
  • Looking for more? Explore GEAR+, the Graduate School's modules that help guide your through your graduate education.

University Partnerships

As a graduate student, you can register to the following resources for free


pd.education is an online portal affiliated with the University of Minnesota that provides graduate students with support in specialized skills like academic writing, research methodologies, and wellness and motivation. 

Beyond the Professoriate

Beyond the Professoriate is a professional development e-learning platform affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Beyond the Professoriate is a mission-driven organization of PhDs who want to empower graduate students and postdocs to launch meaningful careers. 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is a website with on-demand access to the mentoring, tools, and support graduate students to be successful in the Academy. 


ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral humanities and social sciences. 

Resources for Academic Careers