Student and Academic Life

UK Graduate Student Congress Presents Virtual ‘Life After Graduate School’ Conference

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2021) — The Graduate Student Congress (GSC) at the University of Kentucky is hosting this year’s "Life After Graduate School” (LAGS) Conference virtually March 8-12. 

The purpose of the LAGS Conference is to help graduate and professional students learn about the skills they may need to acquire to land a job in their field of choice, especially if that position is outside of academia. The GSC understands that the academic job market is strained right now, but there are vast opportunities available for graduate and professional students, if they just know where to look. 

“Leaving a world full of comfort and entering the unpredictable hallows of professional life can be a daunting experience, so we are bringing a unique set of speakers to talk about the resources available to graduate and professional students in various fields,” said Parul Suri, co-chair of the GSC’s Professional Development and Networking Committee. “Also, the idea of getting a job only in one's field of specialization has turned out to be archaic in today’s world and this will be discussed by our speakers.” 

Graduate and professional students who attend this conference will have the opportunity to figure out some of the different kinds of future career opportunities available to them, as well as how to position themselves for success in a career or job outside of their area of specialization. By the end of the conference, attendees should be able to better navigate the job market after graduation, whether they pursue positions inside or outside academia. 

General themes for each day of the conference are as follows:

  • Monday, March 8: General Career Advice & Careers in the Biomedical Engineering Industry;
  • Tuesday, March 9: Careers in Science Policy & English/Humanities;
  • Wednesday, March 10: Faculty Positions in Academia & Chemistry;
  • Thursday, March 11: Postdoc Positions in Academia & Careers in Product Management; and
  • Friday, March 12: Careers in Entrepreneurship & Data Science/Management.

Any graduate and professional students at UK who are interested in attending one or more these sessions should fill out this registration form. The GSC will also be livestreaming these events on Facebook (@ukygsc). More information will be posted to the GSC’s website as it becomes available. 

The Graduate Student Congress is a governing body for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Kentucky. The mission of the GSC is to unify and represent graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at UK in matters affecting their quality of life, and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development through seminars, forums, outreach programming, advocacy, and community enhancement.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.