Career Action Series

The Career Centre will be offering facilitated round-table discussions as a way to help graduate students and post docs gain insights to lead them in taking an active approach to the careers. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch and to prepare questions to add to the interactive discussion sessions hosted by Career Centre Advisors Tyree McCrackin and Andrea Spevak.


Discussion Series

Transitioning to the Workplace

Every transition in your life requires you to adapt to new expectations, including leaving behind your PhD and/or post doc to move into a new career. Learn about common sources of tension regarding career transitions and how you can prepare yourself for your new role as an employee.

Postdoctoral Students
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:05–12:55 p.m.
4-02 SUB
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Graduate Students
Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:35–1:25 p.m.
2-275 SUB
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Mastering Networking

Discuss strategies you can use to expand your networking skills regardless if you are comfortable speaking with strangers or prefer avoiding these kinds of events. Gain insights and learn about common sources of tension related to networking and how you can better prepare and take advantage of opportunities to present yourself and your skills to other.

Postdoctoral Students
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
12:05–12:55 p.m.
2-275 SUB
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Graduate Students
Thursday, January 16, 2020
12:35–1:25 p.m.
2-100 SUB
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Acing the Interview

Participating in job interviews is not a common activity for all of us. Get tips on how you can ace your next interview, find answers to what employers are looking for, and learn how to prepare for your next interview.

Postdoctoral Students
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12:05–12:55 p.m.
2-725 SUB
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Graduate Students
Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:35–1:25 p.m.
2-725 SUB
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Do I Qualify for this Job?

Job advertisements often seem to be written in an unknown language to people who have spent most of their time in the academic environment. How do you know if/when you should apply to a job ad? In this discussion we will uncover some of the common mistakes people make in matching their abilities to job advertisements.

Postdoctoral Students
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
12:05–12:55 p.m.
2-725 SUB
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Graduate Students
Thursday, March 12, 2020
12:35–1:25 p.m.
2-725 SUB
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Worthwhile Informational Interviews

What are the next steps after you find a company you would like to work with or identify someone on LinkedIn you want to connect with? An informational interview can give you many insights into what a company is looking for: the work environment, types of work, and knowledge about the career path to get there. Learn about common approaches to starting you informational interviews and how it can lead you to a prospective job.

Postdoctoral Students
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
12:05–12:55 p.m.
2-725 SUB
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Graduate Students
Thursday, April 16, 2019
12:35–1:25 p.m.
2-100 SUB
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Career Search Strategies

Do you have an idea of the types of jobs you are or might be interested in but unsure how to go about looking for jobs. Do you simply use Indeed or LinkedIn? What if you don't know what the job titles are in Canada and how can you find out if the job you are interested in is in demand? In this discussion we will explore the jobs that might speak to your interests and career-related needs and goals.

Postdoctoral Students
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
12:05–12:55 p.m.
2-275 SUB
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Graduate Students
Thursday, May 14, 2020
12:35–1:25 p.m.
2-725 SUB
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Career Fears: Fighting Analysis Paralysis

Do you feel as though you are finally landing on your feet in your postdoc, but still unsure of (or haven't had the time to think about) what you really want to do? Do you feel paralyzed and unable to take your next step after looking at available or possible career options for yourself? Do you have yet to find employment that appeals to you and wonder if your job offer will be the right thing for you? Join us in this interactive conversation sure to give you the motivation to take action.

Postdoctoral Students
June 2020
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Graduate Students
June 2020
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How to Negotiate

Getting ready for a job interview can be overwhelming, including the many questions to ask and negotiations to consider (e.g., start dates, wages). Join us in a discussion focused on negotiation in a non-tenure track position, and learn more about when to negotiate, things to consider when negotiating, and tips on how to get ask for what you need.

Postdoctoral Students
July 2020
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Graduate Students
July 20202
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