Professional Development

Professional development encompasses learning and mastering multiple types of knowledge, skills, relationships, and personal traits that will benefit you in all stages of your academic and post-academic careers. You will learn many of these things through your coursework, research, teaching, mentoring relationships, publishing, presentations and performances, service activities, and experiences in the lab, studio, or public outreach. 


Professional Development Events

Professional development programming and resources are offered through the Graduate Division Events, your department, and other units on campus to support you in gaining knowledge and mastering these skills.


Professional Development - Student

At UCSC, we have identified eight Professional Development Core Competencies to help you gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to equip you for success in graduate school and beyond. These Core Competencies are interrelated and transferable, no matter your degree, discipline, or career goals.

Career Exploration & PreparationCareer Exploration & Preparation


Leadership & ManagementLeadership & Management



Research & Data AnalysisResearch & Data Analysis

Teaching & MentorshipTeaching & Mentorship

Writing & CommunicationWriting & Communication


Beyond the Professoriate  ImaginePhD

UC Santa Cruz and the Graduate Division maintain membership in several professional organizations. Your affiliation as a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar allows you to access these organizations and their wealth of information, resources, and support for your professional goals.