Mentoring for Career Conversations: Supporting Graduate Students in Times of Uncertainty
October 26, 2020, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m./ Register here
A graduate degree develops knowledge, skills, and competencies that are transferable to a multiplicity of careers both inside and outside the academy. In fact, we know that our graduate students are seeking career opportunities in all fields of work. A 2016 survey of University of Alberta PhD students revealed that only 28% of respondents identified “professor” as their career goal. While you may feel you do not have the expertise to act as a career advisor, as a supervisor you are well-suited to having career conversations with your graduate students, and to provide them with the mentorship they are seeking.
Using the Individual Development Plan (IDP) of the Professional Development Requirement as a starting point, this workshop will equip you with an understanding of why you are ideally positioned to have career conversations with your students, and will provide fundamentals for supporting an effective conversation. You will leave the workshop knowing that you can play a key role in providing meaningful support for your students’ professional aspirations and will have a better understanding of why these conversations are critical to your students' success. Tools and tips will be shared to help you start, engage, and navigate career conversations with your students, even if the student's career ambitions lie outside of your own career journey.
Tyree McCrackin, BA, BEd
Graduate Student Career Advisor, Career Centre
Tyree works directly with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the University of Alberta's Career Centre. Before coming to the University of Alberta, Tyree worked in human resources in various oil and gas related industries. His first role was with the University of Alberta's Graduate Student Internship Career Advisor responsible for supporting GSIP applicants and interns. He now works as a career advisor, helping current graduate students, PDFs, and alumni with work search documents, interview preparation, and career management strategies. Tyree has a BA and BEd, and is also enrolled in graduate studies at the U of A.
Deanna Davis, PhD
Senior Lead and Educational Curriculum Developer, Graduate Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Deanna led the implementation of the Professional Development Requirement in 2016 and is responsible for design, development and delivery of programming and resources that support the Individual Development Plan of the Professional Development Requirement. This work has included large collaborative projects supported by the Government of Alberta, including the implementation of the Professional Development Online Platform and campusBRIDGE. Deanna has led numerous opportunities for career exploration and management, setting graduate students on a path for success, and positioning them to impact their community and beyond. Deanna is also responsible for the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program and programming related to the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement-- a role to which she brings sixteen years of teaching experience in the post-secondary environment. Deanna is a certified coach and Serious Lego Play facilitator.
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