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UNIV 600 - Hazards Analysis in Academic Research and Artistry
(0-1 variable credit option, S/U/I)

Hazard identification and risk assessment are among skills in high demand by industrial, non-profit and academic employers. Offered in partnership with the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety, you'll engage in performing a hazards analysis of your respective workplaces using the bowtie method. This method, which can be applied to any workplace setting (e.g. office, lab, field, shop, stage), uses a qualitative, barriers-focused approach to risk mitigation that is highly visual and easily understood by non-safety professionals.

Potentially unsafe environments, hardware and behaviors are identified that can drive open communication and change toward a more positive safety culture. You can also use your bowtie outcomes to enhance mentoring of other students, provide improved line-of-sight clarity in near-miss or accident reporting, improve training documents, such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and more.

In addition, the course provides experiential opportunities to compare industrial and national laboratory safety cultures through invited safety experts and a field trip to Argonne National Laboratory. You will also role-play an inspector to identify mock hazards in a clinical laboratory environment and work in interdisciplinary groups to learn about risk mitigation strategies across workplace settings. This course is available to all graduate students.

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UNIV 601: Career Development and Planning
(0-1 credit hour, S/U/I)

UNIV 601 is a course available to early- to mid-phase graduate students. Learn how to develop a personalized career plan focused on:

  • Jobs of interest and the demand for those jobs, especially in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Skills most requested by employers for jobs of interest, especially specialized skills and certifications and emerging skills projected to show very fast growth in job postings.
  • Developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) aimed at gaining high impact learning experiences to showcase key skills, either through your program of study or through online courses such as LinkedIn Learning.
  • Growing and optimizing your LinkedIn profile to target jobs of interest employers, organizations and alumni.

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UNIV 602: Career Preparation for the Job Market
(0-1 credit hour, S/U/I)

UNIV 602 is a new course available to mid- to late-phase graduate students. Prepare select application materials to enhance your transition from graduate school into a job of choice:

  • Gain access to real-time labor market analytics about occupations or specialized occupations that map to your degree program.
  • Develop a Job Market Plan (JMP) that aligns labor-market skills with your experience; identify top employers by geographic area of interest and prioritize job boards.
  • Create a resume that aligns with your occupation of choice.
  • Tailor your cover letter to job postings of interest.
  • Use a video platform that integrates advanced cognitive computing and AI to provide you with a comprehension score based on interview questions specific to your program area.

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