P2S Symposium

Pathways to Success: A Professional Development Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Pathways to Success (P2S) is the Graduate School’s framework for helping graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars be successful in their research and scholarship, and establish the necessary skills for their future careers.

The Summer and Winter P2S Symposia are one-day professional development and career exploration opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. These events provide participants with information and tools useful for their time at Cornell and beyond.

Next Symposium Dates: January 27 – 28, 2021

Registration: bit.ly/2021WinterP2S


January 27, 2021

Part I (11:00 am to 12:30 pm)

Adapting Professionally: Finding Direction in a Changing World

Session Summary: Learning the skill of adaptation is foundational to our ability to find success both personally and professionally.  And how we respond to change, challenge, and set-back are ultimately what creates resilience.  Because we are in a dynamic, ever-changing world that has recently magnified the impact of additional external stressors, such as the double pandemic, this is the perfect time for a conversation about the intersectionality of our professional identity and strategies for how to adapt professionally.  Whether you have a position secured, or are seeing fewer employment options in the future, join us for an expert-driven discussion panel.


Part II (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

How to Strategically Prepare For Multiple Career Pathways

Session Summary: Are you thinking about going into academia or beyond? Do you know which skillsets will be valued and how to tell your story? Whichever career pathway you are thinking of pursuing, this session will help you think about the timing and how to prepare yourself for success.


January 28, 2021

Part III (11:00 am to 12:30 pm)

Exploring and Preparing for Faculty Careers with an International Lens

Session Summary: Join us for a panel discussion with international and domestic Cornell postdocs, graduate students, and alumni on their experiences seeking faculty careers in the U.S. and abroad.


Part IV (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Session Summary: Join us for a panel discussion with alumni and other professionals who will share how they got their foot in the door to explore unexpected pathways for their career success. This discussion will also include an exploration of some of the key resources, strategies, and opportunities that helped them in their decision-making processes. 


Sponsored by the Graduate School, the English Language Support Office (ELSO), Cornell Career Services, and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies

Participating Graduate School offices: Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate Student Life, Careers Beyond Academia, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers.

Previous P2S Symposia