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Professional Development

At the core of our Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) graduate program is our goal to prepare graduate students in our department to be successful in their career of choice. Therefore, we support a wide range of professional development opportunities to help students explore various career options related to EES, obtain advice and feedback on career directions and job applications, and develop skills for their future careers (e.g., science writing, programming, data analysis, leadership, instrumental/analytical expertise, independent critical thinking). Approaches to professional development include participating in professional scientific societies and conferences, seeking out internship opportunities, and a diversity of networking opportunities and workshops hosted in the department and university. 

We also encourage graduate students to consider obtaining professional certifications. A complete list of graduate certificate programs is available here but the most common certificates earned by EES students are in public policy, DEI, teaching, and science communication, offered through various departments and institutes on UM’s campus.