GRADUCon was held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at International House. Next year's date will be announced soon.

GRADUCon is the University's annual spring career conference for graduate students. The event features a full day of distinguished guest speakers, workshops, panel discussions, and informal networking sessions. Please visit for more information regarding the schedule and panel descriptions.

This year's event featured panel discussions and workshops on:

  • Big Data in the Tech Industry
  • Careers in Think Tanks
  • Careers in Museums
  • What is Data Science?
  • Working at Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Science Communication Careers
  • Careers in Nonprofits
  • Careers in the Financial Services Industry
  • Careers in Entrepreneurship
  • Industry Research Careers for Scientists
  • Where Else Can I Teach?
  • Careers in Local Government
  • Careers in Consulting
  • First Year as Faculty (Humanities/Social Sciences)
  • First Year as Faculty (STEM)

At GRADUCon 2017, more than 400 graduate students and postdocs were in attendance at UChicago’s largest ever career exploration conference for advanced degree trainees. 80 alumni and guest speakers discussed diverse careers in 15 different panel discussions on topics ranging from think tanks to data science, from liberal arts colleges to museums and more. 270 informational interviews were held on site, as alumni participants also volunteered to share advice directly with student and postdoc participants.

 Graduate students, employers, and alumni interested in more information should visit the GRADUCon homepage. They should also feel free to contact Michael Tessel at UChicagoGRAD.

GradUCon has several central objectives:

  • Empower graduate students in their career search by helping to identify the transferrable skills that they are developing in the course of their academic work.
  • Provide concrete takeaways from the event, giving graduate students specific next steps in their job search and a clearer vision of their career trajectory.
  • Foster cross-disciplinary and cross-program conversations about various job markets and career skills.
  • Connect graduate students with alumni of graduate programs.

Graduate students and postdocs with ideas about panel discussions or input about potential speakers should feel free to contact the conference planning committee directly.