GPS! (Graduate Professional Symposium)

CPAK is pleased to announce the return of the 2022 CPAK GPS! This four week boot camp is professional development opportunity for prospective/current graduate students and rising professionals in the higher education field. Participants will learn and practice the skills needed to develop their professional networks, look for job opportunities, develop their interviewing skills, and ultimately land their first position or a new position in the field.

All these sessions will be provided FREE of charge to graduate students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sam MacKenzie (Conference Coordinator) at [email protected], or Anderson Reeves (Graduate Student Representative) at [email protected].

GPS! Schedule

Thursday, February 10 – 7:00 PM EST
Our opening session will focus on building the community we will share for the upcoming sessions and kick things off with a dialogue on self-care and boundaries in the field. Here we will do some exercises in identifying the needs we must balance to make sure to avoid overload and burnout.

Thursday February 24 – 7:00 PM EST
The second week will feature a panel of recent graduates who have navigated the job search during the COVID-19 pandemic. Registrants will be able to submit questions in advance and learn from their experiences.

Thursday, March 10 – 7:00 PM EST
This week will be all about job searching. Jackie McNatt (Bellarmine) will give some tips and tricks for maximizing a resume and cover letter. Afterward, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a mock interview with several professionals from several different functional areas. If you are interested in being a mock interviewer, please contact Anderson Reeves (CPAK Grad Student Representative) at [email protected]

Thursday, March 24 – 7:00 PM EST
We will close our pre-conference sessions with a valuable session on student mental health and suicide prevention. Jessica Gernert (University of Louisville) will present on the foundations of the Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) suicide prevention model.

CPAK 2022 Annual Conference on April 7, 2022 & Graduate Student Scholarship

Each year, CPAK provides scholarships to attend the Annual Conference for graduate students in need of financial Attendees are also encouraged to attend the annual CPAK conference for a registration fee of $25. Scholarships are available. To register for the conference, please visit