The Spring 2017 Professional Development Series is listed below. If you have questions or suggestions for future professional development events, please email

Spring 2017 Flyer

Speed Interviewing
Wednesday, February 15, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Looking to practice your interviewing skills? Take advantage of the opportunity to practice interviewing in a low-key environment and receive immediate feedback from career advisors and VT staff. Every 6 minutes you rotate from one interviewer to the next, answering a different question each time. Register for a one-hour time slot: 5:30–6:30pm or 6:30–7:30pm. Space is very limited; only register if you are committed to come! Accepted registrations and time slots will be confirmed by email. If you cannot attend after registering, please email to so that your spot can be reassigned to a fellow grad on wait list.

Dining Etiquette
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students. Pizza will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian.  Sign-up here.

How to Write a Cover Letter
Tuesday, March 14, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
Having trouble knowing what to say in your letters of interest to potential employers? Dr. Kevin Lewis of the English Department is here to help. This seminar is specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students and what all you should and shouldn't be including in your cover letters. Sign-up here.

Mingle Like You Mean It
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your skills at mingling at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. Sign-up here.

Professional Women's Panel
Monday, March 27, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Hear from faculty and staff around the University about their experiences as a woman in the professional world. Learn strategies and suggestions for navigating and balancing the workplace and life, and get your own questions answered. Register here.

The Final Piece: Evaluating and Negotiating Offers
Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
 It’s the call you’ve been waiting for: a job offer. What should you consider before you say YES? Attend this session to find out items to focus on as you review your offer and learn tips for salary negotiation. This session will be led by a Career Advisor from Virginia Tech's Career and Professional Development office. Sign-up here.

Salary Negotiation for Women
Tuesday, April 11, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower college women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to gain concrete negotiation skills, learn about the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, learn how to benchmark reasonable salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register here.