Career Action Series

Career Action Series

The Career Centre will be offering several roundtable discussions to help PhDs and post docs take action on their careers. Bring your lunch and your questions for a facilitated discussion. RSVP by clicking the highlighted text below.

Fall-Winter 2020/2021

The Power of LinkedIn - September
Date/Time: September 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m. & September 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (repeat session)
Description: Do I really need a LinkedIn account? Consider the reality that nearly all potential employers look at your LinkedIn account - during recruitment or before your job offer. Join us for a conversation on what you can do to make your account have impact.

Slimming your CV to Create a Resume - October
Date/Time: October 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m. & October 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (repeat session)
Description: Most of us have some version of a CV on file but what happens when you start looking outside of the academic arena for positions. Suddenly you need to pare down a multipage document to no more than two sheets. Come discuss how to make this a less daunting task.

Transitioning to the Workplace - November
Date/Time: November 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m. & November 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (repeat session)
Description: Every transition in your life requires you to adapt to new expectations and leaving behind your PhD/Postdoc to move into a new career role is no exception. We will share some common sources of tension and how you can better prepare yourself for your new job role.

Mastering Networking - January
Date/Time: TBD
Description: Whether you are comfortable speaking with strangers or prefer to avoid networking events, let's talk about some strategies you can use to expand your network. We will share some common sources of tension and how you can better prepare yourself for your new job role.

Acing the Interview - February
Date/Time: TBD
Description: For most people, participating in job interviews is not a common activity. What are employers really looking for? What can you do to prepare for your next interview? We will share some tips to help you ace your next interview.

Do I Qualify For This Job - March
Date/Time: TBD
Description: For people who have spent most of their lives in an academic environment, job advertisements often seem to be written in an unknown language. How do I know if I should even apply? We will uncover some of the common mistakes people make in matching their abilities to job advertisements.

Worthwhile Informational Interviews - April
Date/Time: TBD
Description: You have found a company where you would like to work or identified someone on LinkedIn with whom you would like to connect, so what are the next steps? An informational interview can give you many insights into what a company is looking for, the work environment, types of work, career path to get there, and more. We will share a common approach to starting your informational interview that may lead to a prospective job in the future.

Career Search Strategies - May
Date/Time: TBD
Description: I have an idea of the types of jobs I would be interested in and am not sure the best way to go about looking for jobs. Do I just use Indeed? LinkedIn? What if I don't know the job titles in Canada? How do I know what jobs are in demand? We will introduce some tried and true ways to find out about jobs that could suit your interests and needs.

Career Fears: Fighting Analysis Paralysis - June
Date/Time: TBD
Description: You have just landed your feet in your postdoc and you feel like you haven't had a chance to think about what you really want to do. Or you look at the options out there and are paralyzed by what you should do next. Or you have never been employed in the careers that appeal to you and wonder would it be the right thing for you. These are only a few fears that people may have, and we hope you can join us for a conversation that can give you the power to take action.

How to Negotiate - July
Date/Time: TBD
Description: You are getting ready for your job interview and have questions about start dates, wages, and more. When should you negotiate? What types of things can you negotiate? Who starts this process and are there ways I can get better at asking for what I need? Join us for a discussion about negotiation in a non-tenure track position.