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Get the Most from Your Graduate Education

The Graduate School is here to ensure that you have access to the resources and support you need to develop your skills, expand your knowledge, and prepare you for the next step of your professional journey.

Establish Goals for Your Academic and Professional Development

No matter your path, begin with the Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is the roadmap for your graduate education, and will help you to thoughtfully identify professional goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and monitor your progress.
What skills have you developed from coursework, co-curricular activities, and/or life experiences? Use the Transferable Skills Checklist to honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses.
Workshops and events serve as a gateway to programming and resources across campus. The Graduate School partners with several University offices to provide opportunities to acquire key transferable skills and real-world career advice.
Digital badges certify and validate your specialized skills and training. Through your badges, future employers can learn key details about the content of your training and experience.

Critical Components of Your Graduate Education

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Explore GEAR (Graduate Education Resources)

To complement in-person workshops and program requirements, GEAR's online modules focus on all phases of your graduate education. 

Working with Your Advisor

Learning how to work with your advisor will help you successfully navigate your graduate education. Every student-advisor relationship is different and based on each of your individual needs, goals, and personalities. 

Community-Engaged Research

When University graduate students and faculty collaborate with community researchers, they can improve the quality of their research and ensure it is relevant to the community.


University-wide Resources

Take advantage of the University of Minnesota’s dedicated support resources and student organizations to supplement the skill development and education provided by your graduate program.