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Freelancing for Graduate Students


Burnside Hall Room 306, 805 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0B9, CA

Are you a grad student curious about starting a side hustle? Thinking about careers beyond academia but not sure where to start? Want to be your own boss? Feeling stuck in your studies and wondering if your labour has any value at all? (Quick answer: it does!)
Freelance work can help you gain a variety of experience, build your network, hone your skills and even explore new ones, all while supplementing your income. But where to start? Come join a panel of freelancing writers and creators discuss their experiences, insights, and ideas about entrepreneurship and creative output, both in grad school and beyond their graduate studies.


Maria Nikolakakou, MSc Candidate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

"I was born in Athens, Greece. I did my B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences in Greece and then decided to do my M.Sc. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at McGill University so I moved to Montreal in 2015. While pursuing my graduate studies, I discovered that studying nutrition alone was limiting my potential of helping people. I took a gap year and travelled to Latin America, took a life coaching certification and I was also trained in 2 energy healing methods. It dawned on me that health is not only about physical health, but also mental, emotional and spiritual. My business was created when I realized the need of a more holistic approach to health and wellness by combining all 3 assets - nutrition, life coaching and energy healing. My mission is to help people overcome their limiting mindset in order to achieve their goals and live a healthy life."


Jordanna Bermack, PhD

Jordanna Bermack completed her PhD in Neuroscience from McGill University in 2004 followed by a post-doctoral position in Molecular Neuroscience from University of Ottawa. Jordanna then decided to leave research to work as a medical writer for a medical communications agency before moving to a position at a medical device/pharmaceutical company. There she worked for 6 years for both the Canadian and Global Medical Departments. She then worked at a medical education agency before making the decision to go out on her own as a freelancer/consultant in March 2014. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of different types of medical publications and educational programs in a wide range of therapeutic areas and with many different healthcare professionals nationally and globally. She has also taught medical writing courses as part of the Continuing Education Program at Concordia.

Nadine Blumer, PhD

Nadine Blumer has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships, she decided to shift gears and has since worked as a freelance academic editor, a German translator for a history museum, a ghostwriter, a curator, and an ESL teacher in Japan. She is now navigating the corporate world as an online ethnographer.

Erin Corber, PhD

Erin Corber earned her PhD in History in 2013 from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has held multiple research postdocs at institutes for advanced study in Europe and the US, as well as visiting professor appointments at the University of Maine and Dalhousie University. Since 2018 Erin has been a graduate career advisor at McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS). Beginning in her postdoc appointments, Erin has built working relationships with local community and public education organisations, including the Atlantic Jewish Council, the Museum of Jewish Montreal, the Montreal Holocaust Museum, and the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Memoirs Series, freelancing as a trainer, lecturer, writer, researcher, and content consultant. She also currently freelances as an illustrator.

Daniel Aponte, PhD Candidate

Daniel Aponte is a PhD candidate in the department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. His work in the Ice Hockey Research Group is in biomechanics, where he has looked at the 3D fit between hockey helmets and players, as well as the impact properties of short track helmets and hockey helmets. Although he was always interested in the visual arts, he only picked up a real camera about 3 years ago and was instantly hooked. Since then, he's honed his skill studying and practicing street photography, and using that style of candid photography to cover events. He is a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, and is a staff photographer for the second year at the McGill Tribune.


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