Finding and landing a professional position is more than simply completing a degree or completing a postdoc, internship, or temporary job. It is a complex process that varies by discipline and requires development of and confidence in your abilities, an aptitude to effectively network within and across disciplinary fields, and the capacity to analyze your skills, knowledge, and strengths. In this workshop students will be exposed to the essential competencies sought by employers of Ph.D.’s as identified in Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan: Essential Career Competencies for Ph.D.s (MSU Graduate School Publication). Students will also assess themselves on the six essential career competencies and begin making their own individualized career and professional development plan. Overall this workshop is designed to help you: ¦ Recognize the skills you are acquiring that complement and go beyond your disciplinary specialization ¦ Understand the broad uses of those skills during graduate school, the postdoc experience, and your future career ¦ Identify ways to strengthen and consolidate those skills while you are a graduate student or postdoc *Students will receive a copy of the publication, Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan: Essential Career Competencies for Ph.D. Students. "