SMART Careers Beyond Academia

SMART[1]: Careers Beyond Academia S.M.A.R.T. is a mnemonic acronym, listing five criteria while setting career goals and objectives (Duran, 1981) and it will help SGS grad students with coming up with short to medium term career development goals as they move through the SMART program.

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Achievable – Attainable and not impossible to achieve.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Key Features:

The program includes programming for students across the SGS for students in ALL disciplines.

It has components for students at different points in their graduate school journey with programs and resources on the fundamentals of non-academic career preparation for early career graduate students. As students get closer to graduation, they will have access to resources and programming that will help them successfully attain a non-academic career.  See for more.

  1. Workshops and panels (Eight workshops this semester, SEE BELOW for dates/times).
  2. Instructor-led online course(s)
  1. Research and scholarship communication opportunities
  • 3MT: Eligible students must be active School of Graduate Studies Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their qualifying exams by the date of their first 3MT presentation. For more details:
  • Research Café: An opportunity for graduate students from ALL disciplines to showcase their work and engage in thought-provoking interdisciplinary conversations while refining their communication skills in a no-pressure environment. 
  1. Access to and guidance on how best to use online career preparation platforms (Beyond the Professoriate’s Aurora and ImaginePhD for humanities and social sciences).
  2. (In development and in collaboration with CES) Internships for graduate students and mentorship / networking opportunities with alumni.
  3. Weekly virtual and in person office hours; RSVP here:

Please email Assistant Dean Dr. Ramazan Gungor at should you have any questions or comments or the workshops below as well as any suggestions about new workshops that SGS should offer.

  1. [1] Doran, G. T. (1981). "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives". Management Review. 70 (11): 35–36.


Workshops for Fall 2022


1. SMART Career Preparation: Advice & Resources for Grad Students and 3MT Info Session I

Oct 5, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time / RSVP:

2. Imagine PhD Workshop—Career Discovery for Humanists and Social Scientists

Oct 6, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time / RSVP:

3. Where will you take your PhD: How to Use Beyond the Professoriate to Land Jobs

Oct 12, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time / RSVP:

4. SMART Career Preparation: 3MT Info Session II and Advice & Resources for Grad Students

Oct 19, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time / RSVP:

5. SMART Career Pathways of Recent Graduates: Alumni Panel

Nov 3, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time / RSVP:

6. SMART Career Pathways outside the University: Alumni Panel

Nov 10, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time / RSVP:

7. The Nuts and Bolts of Academic Book Publishing

TBA; Check this page again for details

8. LinkedIn for Academics: How to Get Noticed Outside the Ivory Tower

TBA; Check this page again for details


Fully online courses and toolkits

CV and Resume Toolkit for Graduate Students (a Canvas course that you can access using your NetID following this link: