Grad and Postdoc Career Month May (GCM) 2021

Event

Are you in career transition? Weighing your options or targeting a specific role?  Getting ready to apply, network, interview? Not sure when and what to negotiate when you get the offer?  Want to learn more about the Canadian Workplace Culture?  Would like a paid internship & get funding? Haven’t learnt how to research on Linkedin yet?  Need a planning tool to keep you on track?

Good news:

The entire month of May is dedicated to addressing these questions and more.

Hope you can join us!


Planning with Purpose: myPath and the Individual Development Plan unravelled (In partnership with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - GPS)
May 4, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Goal setting is an important predictor of wellbeing and success in graduate school. The IDP (Individual Development Plan) is a tool designed to help you articulate and plan your goals. Think of your IDP as a tailored roadmap that guides you from where you are now to where you want to be. The purpose of an IDP is not to "lock" you into a set of goals, but rather to help you approach your work and life with more intention, and to adapt your plan when new challenges and opportunities arise. McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies developed myPath specifically to help you create an IDP. In this 1 hour session, we will discuss what is involved in creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and how you can use the myPath tools and programs to create a meaningful IDP that will help you to stay focused on your priorities and track your progress.

Learning objectives:

In this workshop you will learn:

  1. what an Individual Development Plan
  2. the basic steps of goal planning (identifying and selecting meaningful goals)
  3. how myPath can help you

Speaker: Lorna MacEachern, Program Manager, IDP

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Connecting your Dots: Converting an Academic CV to a Resume (& Intro to My Involvement)
May 10, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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You’re finishing your graduate degree and exploring careers beyond the academy – but how do you convert your academic cv into something legible and meaningful for employers outside higher education? Join us for a workshop sharing strategies for translating your record of academic achievement into a new document – a resume - designed for non-academic job applications.

Open to all: This session is designed for graduate students and postdocs, and open to undergraduates.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn about the differences between academic cv’s and non-academic industry resumes
  2. Identify transferrable skills and learn how to articulate them as relevant experience in the context of a non-academic job application
  3. Feel confident rethinking your career stories and applying for jobs outside academia
  4. Learn about myInvolvement and the Co-curricular record as tools in process of resume-building

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Networking for Introverts and others Who Hate Networking
May 11, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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You have heard it before, most people find jobs through networking & need to tap into the hidden job market. But what if you are tapped out, don’t know anyone & dread having to cold call? Designed by and with introverts in mind, this workshop will explore the many ways to build your network without saying a word If you have ever wondered how you will promote yourself, keep a conversation going or follow up on one, this workshop is for you!

This workshop will identify and explore key components of effective in-person communication throughout the job search process. As a result of attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  1. Approach networking with less anxiety.
  2. Have ideas on how to reach out to people effectively.
  3. Be aware of the impact of non-verbal communication.
  4. Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Industry Insider: Canadian Workplace Culture edition
May 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Are you curious to learn more about Canadian workplace culture? Then this talk is for you.

Matt Adolphe, an international communication expert, will share some unwritten rules of the Canadian workplace and address:
• why certain behaviours don’t work in the Canadian workplace
• what your boss really means by “can you do me a favor?”
• why it’s not all about work at work, and
• how building relationships can lead to a promotion

SPEAKER: 
Matt Adolphe, B.A., M.A.
Matt Adolphe teaches writing and communication courses at various post-secondary institutes, including the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and SAIT. At SAIT, he teaches a variety of leadership and professional communication courses online. He holds a B.A. in Indigenous Studies and History form Laurentian University, and an M.A. in Communication Management from the University of South Australia. Beyond teaching, his professional life has been punctuated with experiences as a political organizer, volunteer, career coach, consultant, actor, radio DJ, studio musician, speech writer, and media presenter (the first English speaking TV news presenter in Macao). Moreover, he is the author of two books: "Canadian Workplace Culture: Mastering the Unspoken Rules" and "Would You Hire You?" Both books are aimed at helping people achieve success in their careers.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. You will need to sign-in to the event using your McGill email address


LinkedIn for Introverts
May 12, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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This tutorial & platform was designed by and for Introverts in mind!  Find out how to gather data about career paths, discover diversity in a workplace, where the happy employees might be & what Alumni in your department are doing.  Learn how to build relationships with industry professionals without saying a word.  Come prepared and ready to work with your LinkedIn account open!

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  1. Learn tips and tricks to build an impactful profile (and mistakes to avoid)
  2. Understand how to leverage the tools and features on LinkedIn in your career exploration
  3. Learn best practices for expanding your network and connecting with industry professionals


The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. All confirmed attendees will receive a copy of the slides directly following the course. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Graduate Student and Postdoc Job Seekers Seminar
May 17, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Almost finished your PhD or recently done & thinking of transitioning out of academia? Considering working in other sectors? Interested in learning about the differences between an academic and non-academic job search? Come share your questions and concerns with your graduate career advising team and colleagues in a seminar-style discussion.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn about the differences between job hunting and applications in academia and beyond
  2. Share strategies for networking and positioning yourself for the job market
  3. Think about transferable skills, values, and interests that can help you find new career paths
  4. Ask questions and get feedback from your peers and grad career advisors

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Interviewing as an Introvert
May 18, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Interviewing takes a lot of energy, anticipation of the interview takes even more!
Learn simple strategies to get primed for extroverting, learn how to use your non-verbal vocabulary to build rapport, conserve energy & make the most of your virtual presence.

Designed by and with introverts in mind, this workshop will help you to prepare for a successful interview, know what to say after hello and answer typical, dreaded and tricky questions.

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  1. Prepare prior to an interview and know what constitutes post interview etiquette
  2. Develop strategies for communicating their skills and experiences in an interview
  3. Respond to common interview questions

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Mitacs: Internship opportunities that bridge academia and industry
May 26, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Are you an undergrad, graduate student or postdoc interested in developing a research partnership or landing an internship during your training at McGill? If so, please join us to learn more about how Mitacs can help support you on this! The presentation will cover Mitacs’ most popular programs (Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, and Training) and guide you on how to identify a potential partner for these initiatives as well as provide you with resources to help you throughout the entire process!

Mitacs is a nationwide non-profit organization that strives to boost innovation in Canada by helping to build the next generation of innovators across the country. They provide skills development opportunities including internships and training courses that you can access throughout your time at McGill.  Join the Mitacs Business Development team for McGill (Jonathan, Noha and Ralph) to learn more and ask any questions you may have about the ins and outs of Mitacs!

Discussions will centre on the following Mitacs programs:

  • Accelerate - Mitacs flagship program supporting graduate students and postdocs who want to embark on a research collaboration with an external partner in Canada or with our international partner countries
    • Accelerate Entrepreneur - Funding for student and postdoctoral entrepreneurs who wish to develop R&D projects between their incubated start-up business in partnership a professor at McGill.
  • Elevate - Competitive program supporting postdocs who want to embark on a research collaboration with an external partner in Canada.
  • Globalink Research Award - Travel grant supporting senior undergads, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows for collaborations with universities in our partner countries.
  • Training - Courses offered to all McGill trainees (free of charge) to build on transferable skills

SPEAKERS:

Jonathan Caballero – Business Development Specialist at Mitacs. PhD in psychology by UNAM, and recently completed postdoctoral research in communication sciences and disorders at McGill University, has extensive experience in multidisciplinary research projects in academic and governmental organizations. He is the main contact for McGill University, in charge of the Faculty of Engineering and all departments within the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Noha Gerges – Business Development Director and Team Lead, QC at Mitacs. PhD in Cancer Genetics from McGill University with extensive experience in management and business development in various disciplines. She is the main contact for the Faculties of Science and Medicine at McGill University.

Ralph Chery – Business Development Director at Mitacs. Trained as an electrical engineer, he is a McGill University Graduate in Business & Finance, and completed an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. He has extensive experience in business development in the fields of finance, energy, and other disciplines. He is the main contact for Desautels and Dobson.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Negotiating with a Curious Mind
May 28, 2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Congratulations, you’ve been offered a job! Now what? Should you ask for more? Did you negotiate your contract?  If you ever wondered why & how to negotiate your way to a better job (academic or non academic), salary or new kitchen appliance, this workshop is for you! Come learn strategies that will help you leverage your strengths and build courage to ask for what you want!

By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

  1. Define negotiation and understand factors influencing negotiations.
  2. Understand the benefits of negotiating and develop strategies to prepare for the process
  3. Learn simple tools that can improve negotiation outcomes

SPEAKER:

Niem Huynh, PhD, PPCC, Professional and Personal Life Coach

Bio:

Inquirer. Coach. Risk taker (calculated). Niem is an educator and geographer by training and applies those skills to her role at Concordia University. Niem's diverse professional experience working in different positions within the university and non-profit sectors has ignited her interest in how people navigate their career paths. Her newest adventure is co-creating life solutions with clients, as a Professional and Personal Life Coach.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.


Career Pathways of PhDs Grads : The Stats and the Stories
May 31, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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What careers do PhD graduates pursue after graduation? How do they transition to a career in and outside academia? What advice do PhD alumni have for current graduate students? This session will present the results of the TRaCE McGill project, which tracked over 4,500 PhD grads from 2008 to 2018 and also interviewed over 300 of them. Come find out the career outcomes of graduates from your faculty and hear the stories of PhD alumni who successfully transitioned to exciting jobs.

SPEAKER :

Marie-Claude Felton, Acadmeic Affairs Officer, McGill

Bio:

Dr. Marie-Claude Felton is Academic Affairs Officer at McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, where she manages the TRaCE McGill project which investigates the career outcomes of nearly 5,000 McGill PhD alumni. She also worked as project manager for the department of English and as Affiliate member of the History department. After finishing her PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University as well as a research fellowship at Oxford University. She’s the author of several works pertaining to the history of authorship and copyright in the 18thcentury.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. Please note that these sessions may be recorded. To qualify for CCR recognition, you must register for and sign into the online zoom event using your McGill email address.



 

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