SKILLSETS and its partners offer over 200 workshops, information sessions and events throughout the year that are FREE to all McGill Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.
SKILLSETS is a suite of skills development offerings aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our activities are organized into seven themes of professional development, which aim to improve participant skills and knowledge in one or more of the following themes: Plan Your Career, Expand Expertise, Solve Problems, Lead Projects, Communicate, Be Well, and Work with Others. These themes represent important areas of development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that can complement their academic training.
SKILLSETS offers over 200 workshops, information sessions, and events throughout the year that are free to all McGill graduatestudents and postdoctoral fellows. To foster skills development across the seven themes, TLS offers 13 flagship events annually, promotes partner offerings, develops new programming (Leadership Training Program), and manages GradLife, a social media platform to highlight graduate student life at McGill. A key SKILLSETS flagship offering is Learning to Teach Day. Learning to Teach Day (LTT) is an annual, full-day event in partnership with TLS and GPS. The goal of this event is to provide participants with opportunities to learn about teaching strategies and the theoretical underpinnings of teaching. Students are invited from a number of other universities, including Concordia, INRS, and Université de Montréal. This inter-university collaboration provides a rich forum for discussion about teaching and learning.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is another important SKILLSETS flagship led by TLS. Through the 3MT competition, McGill students develop presentation skills and have an opportunity to present a compelling presentation on the impact of their thesis, using one static slide. Winners are invited to participate in a national competition. In 2017, McGill was proud to congratulate Kashif Khan (Department of Experimental Surgery) on winning both 1st Place & the People's Choice Award at the 3MT Eastern Regional for his presentation "Cardiac Regeneration using Hippo.”
To recognize that graduate students need to be critical problem solvers, change agents, innovators, and to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams, TLS has developed the Leadership Training Program, a collaborative initiative with Concordia University and The University of British Columbia to help students enhance skills in leadership and communication. As a result, graduate students who can communicate their research effectively to both academic and public audiences are better positioned to secure funding and employment, and make a difference to society through their work.
Finally, GradLife is a central social media platform for McGill Graduate students to share experiences through blog posts, images, and video. Through mentorship and formal instruction, GradLife serves as an educational platform to help develop digital literacy, writing skills, and social media community management. Utilizing a dedicated blog, Facebook page, Instagram, and Vlog, posts portray personal reflections, aspirations, triumphs, and challenges through the graduate journey.
Our offerings aim to improve participant skills and knowledge in one or more themes that represent important areas of development for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows to complement their academic training. They are based on recommendations made by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies in their document on Professional Skills Development for Graduate Students.
The SKILLSETS initiative is jointly co-sponsored by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Teaching and Learning Services of McGill University. We welcome your questions and comments. Contact us at: skillsets [at] mcgill.ca