SU establishes Office of Graduate Professional and Career Development

New Office of Graduate Professional and Career Development set up

Dan Olson-Bang will be the director of the new office.
Published: March 21, 2018

The Syracuse University Graduate School launched the Graduate Professional and Career Development. The office is headed by Dan Olson-Bang, effective immediately.

Graduate students can avail the services of the offices starting today, said Peter Vanable, the dean of the Graduate School. The office will be fully equipped with more staff and resources by the fall, Vanable said.

Olson-Bang, who served as associate director of Graduate Career Services since November 2014, will work with Vanable over the summer to expand the office and make more hires. One new hire is to introduce an associate director. Another goal is to hire more staff in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discipline, Vanable said.

Dan Olson-Bang



“Dan starts with incredible energy and drive, and also a plan. And we’re really excited about that,” Vanable said.

This new office will adopt a curriculum-based approach to career development that will target specific disciplines and industries, such as STEM and the humanities. The office envisions the establishment of customized, timely workshops and hands-on labs and panels. This will address the specific needs of graduate students at different stages of their education.