Pam Cohen

Senior associate director, graduate student career development
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Pam oversees career development efforts for graduate students. She also provides programming and advising for graduate students on all aspects of careers both inside and outside academia. Pam plans workshops, panels, professional development and other recruiting events for graduate students.

For graduate students considering academic careers, Pam can help students: 

  • Strategize how to successfully navigate graduate school to maximize their academic experiences for future academic job applications 
  • Determine whether or not to pursue postdocs  
  • Understand the academic job application process and timeline
  • Develop strong application materials (e.g., CVs, cover letters, diversity statement, teaching statement, research statement) that maximize academic accomplishments for fellowship, awards, or academic jobs (e.g., postdocs, tenure-track assistant professors)
  • Prepare for upcoming academic job interviews (e.g., screening, campus visits) 
  • Negotiate academic job offers (e.g., negotiating spouse support)

For graduate students exploring and considering careers outside of academia, Pam can help students:

  • Identify various career paths that match with their interests, skills, values and personal/family situations  
  • Network effectively with alumni and employers to explore career options and during the job search
  • Understand the application process and timelines for internships/jobs outside academia 
  • Develop application materials (e.g., resumes, cover letters) that highlight relevant skills and experience to target internship/job postings 
  • Prepare for upcoming internship or job interviews and successfully negotiate job offers   

She also advises students interested in all career fields, and in particular enjoys speaking with graduate students about:

  • Figuring out what they want to do — not just what they feel pressured to do 
  • Career development for international graduate students 
  • How to maintain wellness and resilience during their career exploration and job search

You can make an appointment with Pam in Handshake

Liaison to: Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Graduate College, Graduate Student Government, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering and all graduate academic departments.

A fun fact about me: I originally went to college to become a history teacher, but discovered I liked talking about the future more than the past – a discovery which led me to my career as a career adviser!

My favorite part of my job is: Connecting with former students on LinkedIn to follow the many intriguing career paths they take.

I wish more students knew the Center for Career Development offered: Guidance on understanding employment offers and a neutral sounding board to help students consider their options and make informed decisions about work they will find personally meaningful.

If I weren’t doing this job I’d be: Studying a bunch of different languages so I could live – and work – anywhere in the world!

My day is made better when: I discover a previously-unexplored pathway within campus.

I could give a 40-minute presentation with absolutely no preparation on: How to make super-fluffy matzah balls.