Career and Professional Development

Pathways to Success is the Graduate School's suite of academic, career, professional, and personal development programs for all phases of the student journey from learning how to navigate graduate school to identifying and applying for jobs.

Career Development

Lauren Genova participates in a discussion on assessing student learning

  • Academic job search preparation
  • Local and remote workshops
  • Research mentorship skills
Careers Beyond Academia/BEST participants practice being interviewed about their research in a communication workshop.

  • Frame yourself for your career
  • Broaden your network for job advice
  • Experiential skill-building opportunities
Room filled with students attending the June 2018 Pathways to Success Symposium

  • Career exploration 
  • Job search strategy; find internships
  • Prepare job applications; negotiate offers

Professional Development

Students at a Pathways to Success Symposium

Pathways to Success

  • Navigate academia; develop a plan
  • Build skills; prepare for your career
  • Develop balance and resilience
Students enjoy Tell Grads It's Friday (TGIF) at the Big Red Barn

All Events & Workshops

  • Academic progress; writing workshops
  • Career preparation; future faculty
  • Leadership, community engagement
3MT 2019 winners: Pamela Meyerhofer (People’s Choice), Teddy Yesudasan (1st place), and Shao-Pei Chou (2nd place).

Academic Success

  • Fellowship application writing
  • Thesis, dissertation, proposal boot camps
  • Research integrity and ethics training


Continuing Dean's Scholar pinning new Dean's Scholar

Inclusion & Student Engagement

  • Dean’s Scholars; Bouchet Honor Society
  • Graduate School Ambassadors
  • NextGen Professors; Colman Leadership 
Students participating in Gratitude at TGIF

Personal Development

  • Transitions: Navigating Grad School for 1st Yrs
  • Perspectives: Health and Wellness
  • Weekly Walks & Gratitude Project
Big Red Barn in spring

Big Red Barn

  • TGIF happy hour, trivia night, and more
  • Dining
  • Special events reservations
Graduate and postdoctoral participants in the Inclusive Teaching Institute 2018 practice intergroup dialogue skills

  • Academic job search exploration, including postdoc positions
  • Academic job search workshops series
  • Review applications package, practice interviewing, negotiate offer

Professional Development Offerings Across Campus


  • Courses and workshops
  • Tutoring on writing and presentations
  • Speaking and writing programs

  • Writing courses for graduate students
  • Graduate writing consultants

  • GET SET Workshops
  • Teaching Fellows program
  • Teaching assistant award

  • Workshops on library research, information management, and computer applications
  • Chats in the Stacks and Spark Talks
  • Librarians available for class instruction



Funding and Personal Finance

  • International Research Travel Grants
  • Fellowship application information sessions

  • Supports winter, spring, or summer break travel to engage with domestic or international communities

  • Create new digital collections and build a library of resources to support scholarly activities

  • Job opportunities on campus
  • Budgeting tips and resources
  • Events and workshops on personal finance with invited speakers

  • Federal and university loans
  • Alternative loans and financing
  • Promissory note and entrance counseling


Research Tools and Technology at Cornell

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training
  • Seminars and symposia

  • Data Management Plan Tool account
  • Free consultations

  • Free Office 365 bundle and other software
  • Free Zoom account
  • Free Qualtrics survey tool for research

  • CTL Practicum
  • Commercializing Cornell inventions

  • Technical workshops
  • Project design & data analysis
  • Seed research grants

  • Computing and data workshops
  • Software training
  • Computing, software, and data help desk support

  • Consulting services
  • Workshops on data and statistical analysis
  • StatNews newsletter

  • Plan projects, analyze data
  • Web, telephone, mail surveys
  • Transcription services


Other Opportunities

  • School Outreach programs
  • Leadership programs
  • Language and interpreter programs

  • Travel registry
  • International Travel Research Internship Program

  • Internships
  • Symposia
  • Newsletter

  • Support of international students
  • Walk-in advising hours
  • Student resources
  • Travel information