Graduate Career Month 2012 - Balancing Your Options: Weighing Careers Beyond Academia


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Grad Career Month 2012 intends to shine a spotlight on a range of career paths that graduate students thrive in but may overlook when conducting a job search post graduation. We introduce you to the illusive world of think tanks, the process of commercializing university research, careers in fundraising, in the pharmaceutical sector, management consulting, international development and  CEGEP teaching through a series of panels, presentations and speed mentoring events. Learn how to negotiate anything and get a paid internship! If you are a post doc transitioning out of academia, a 3 part workshop series was designed with you in mind.  And if you are still not sure what to do with your doctoral degree come to What to do with a PhD in Anything!


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April 2, 12-3

Back again by popular demand! Come meet human resource representatives, deans and professors from local CEGEPs and discuss current teaching opportunities and the process of hiring.


Annie Tam, HR Coordinator
Isabelle Turin,  HR Manager
Tom McKendy, Dean of Arts & General Education Dean Gary Johnson, Dean of Science and Social Science

Hilda Schwartz, Administrative Assistant, HR Johanna Cosentino, Coordinator, HR (Faculty Affairs) Michael  Sendbuehler, Dean, Faculty of Careers & Technical Programs

Anthony Singelis, Dean of Technologies
Maria Bologna, HR Manager

Terrence Brennan, Director of Admin Services & Corporate Affairs Soula Tsafaras, HR Coordinator Anca Oprisi, HR Manager

Norma Raimondo, HR Director

Pharma Careers 101 Presentation: An Overview
April 4, 12:00 - 1:30

The medical department of pharmaceutical companies offer a variety of positions to MSc, PhD and MD graduates. Positions available in clinical research, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilence, compliance and medical information will be described.  Day-to-day tasks and skills required to perform in these positions will be discussed.  As well, tips on how to prepare for the interview and what to expect in the first 100 days on the job will be presented.


Janice Albert, MSc Pharmacology. Currently, PhD candidate in Experimental Surgery

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BCG Presentation & Crack the Case Workshop for PhD's           
April 5, 12:00 - 2:30 (deadline to register is March 28th, 2012)

Interested in a Management Consulting Career? Want to learn more about how to manage a case interview? BCG will present their Bridge to BCG program (open to PhD's only), followed by a crack the case workshop that will shed light on how to navigate through this unique interview style.

A networking lunch will follow.

Details on the Bridge to BCG program follows.

  • Bridge to BCG is a 3 day workshop designed for advanced degree candidates only (PhDs, post-docs, JDs and MDs are eligible, unfortunately no master students permitted)
  • The program will be run out of the BCG Chicago office from Wednesday, July 18th to Friday, July 20th (candidate travel to and from Chicago and accommodations will be covered by BCG)
  • These workshops are specifically for advanced degree candidates (PhDs, MDs, post-docs, and JDs) expecting to finish in 2013 and hoping to begin a consulting career. If interested candidates are currently a practicing MD or in residency, or a post-doc, the 2013 graduation date requirement does not apply
  • The aim is for students to discover more about a consulting career and will provide attendees with the opportunity to:
  • Find out about consulting and get to know BCG
  • Participate in a realistic case experience
  • Learn from BCG's thought leaders
  • Applications for Bridge are accepted on-line only:
  • Deadline for Bridge applications is April 29th
  • Candidate selection is based upon resume screening, a brief series of essay questions, and a phone interview
  • At BCG we're interested in getting to know candidates beyond the resume and hope to understand why they are interested in a consulting career
  • Candidates selected for Bridge will have an automatic 1st round interview for full-time 2013 employment

For more Information:


Michael Anstey, Consultant

Andrew Keeping, Consultant

Lauren Shanahan, Recruiting Coordinator

The Art of Networking for Graduate Students Workshop
April 10, 12:00 - 1:30

Are you a graduate student looking to make your next important career jump and want to get an edge on the competition? Are you doubting your social abilities in the process and dreading having to sell yourself and your skills? Then learning how to make the right connections through The Art of Networking  is for you.  This presentation will include topics on where astute graduate students can go to network with individuals in their field and find opportunities to advance their career goals. You will discover the ins and outs of this specific networking culture, how to network effectively and with ease, and avoid the most common pitfalls that will hinder your success.  Learn to be savvy and sharp in any networking opportunity.  Draw on the experience of expert advice, learn the sophisticated art of social networking  and discover why luck is when skill and opportunity come together.

This talk will also include an interactive small group question and answer component at the end where participants can share their real life experiences and gain advice regarding how to network in their field of choice. This round circle open discussion could prove to be a very enlightening experience for all involved due to sharing of insights and the open forum for communicating real life examples.


Janet Rignall, M.Ed., Education Consultant

How to Make a Career Transition for Postdocs
April 11, 3:00 - 6:00

Looking to manage your career more effectively and transition away from academic research? This workshop has been designed specifically for Post Docs at any stage in their career, who want to step back and spend a few productive hours focusing on future possible career paths within, or outside of, academia. An interactive mix of short individual exercises and small informal group discussions will help you to build a clearer picture of the key factors relating to your career and personal circumstances and to explore key aspects of effective career decision making.

The session will cover: reflections on where your career is right now; job satisfaction and career motivations; working effectively with others; identifying transferable skills; barriers to success and how to overcome them; how to identify possible career pathways and move forward effectively. Towards the end of the session you will be encouraged to draw your insights together to begin a realistic personal career plan and to consider your next steps.

This workshop will be useful for Post Docs who wish to transition away from academic research and wish to explore their career options, including those who are still considering academia as one of those options.


Claire Conway, PhD., Career Advisor, Oxford University, England

MITACS Graduate Internship Program & Internship Panel
April 13, 12:00 - 2:00

Are you a graduate or postgraduate candidate interested in making money while refining your research skills and building your professional network? Come to this presentation and learn about MITACS and the tools to help you connect with industry!

Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, a seasoned business developer with experience across broad sectors, will not only walk you through the suite of Mitacs programs at your disposal but will also give an overview of the major steps of prospecting which will help you develop these necessary skills in today's competitive and quickly changing academic and industrial environments.


Jesse Vincent Herscovici

Basem M. Eid

Think Tanks Panel
April 17, 12:00 - 2:00

Do you want to use your research skills to help shape public policy in a range of fields? In this panel session, there will be representatives from various think tanks in Canada involved in research and advocacy in fields ranging from economics, health, social policy, environment and much more. You can learn about what they do, how they got there, and their tips for graduate students considering this career path.


Laura Hernandez, Public History

Sébastien A. Côté, Associate Director, Quebec and Francophonie, Institut Fraser

Jeremy Leonard, Research Director, Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives

Siomonn Pulla Ph.D, Senior Research Associate, Centre for the North The Conference Board of Canada

Speed Mentoring for Psychology, Counselling & Social Work Careers
April 17, 3:00 - 5:00

Do you know about all the career options in Counseling,  Psychology, Social Work?

Come to this speed mentoring event that promises to be both enjoyable and informative, organized by McGill's Career and Planning Services and the Quebec Counseling Association. Mentors will be seasoned professionals working in a variety of settings and specialties within the helping professions. As new professionals or graduate students, you will have an opportunity to meet with each mentor and engage in a discussion about their career and ways to get involved in their line of work. Feel free to bring your questions and exchange your contact information so that this event can serve as an important first step toward a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship.


Dr. Jack Hirschberg, PhD., Forensic psychologist and professor, Private practice and Concordia University

Barbara Levine, M.Ed., Guidance Counsellor, EMSB, Paul VI Developmental Learning Center, Perspectives I and II

Rebecca Murray, M.A., M.F.T., Director and Therapist, Montreal Therapy Centre, Queen Elizabeth Health Complex

Andrea Weaver, M.A., Psychologist, CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis

Lorne Flavelle, M.Ed., President and practitioner, CCPA National Private Practitioner chapter and private practice, respectively.

Amanda Luterman, MA, MEd, CCC, Associate Therapist at Montreal Therapy Centre Certified Counsellor in private practice

Yael Gutner, M.A., c.o. - Conseillere d'orientation, Pavillon Foster

Getting What you Want: The Art of Negotiation
April 19, 12:00 - 1:30

This seminar will be an interactive, fun, and interesting way to learn about negotiations and acquire information that will help you develop your negotiating skills.  Whether it's a salary negotiation, a promotion, acquiring a job,  bargaining a deal, learning how to work effectively in a team environment, or networking, you will be called upon to negotiate. It is not as daunting as it seems once you've developed a sensible approach.


Jay Allen Hewlin, Esq.

Start Up Panel
April 19, 2:00 - 3:00

A new event for Grad Career Month, this panel comprises a variety of professionals with experience of setting up companies developed from academic research.  Come along to hear about their experiences and learn about what you need to do to commercialize your research or work in this sector.


Orest Blaschuk, Ph.D
Conor Clarke, CEO at
Karel Ledru-Mathé


Non-Academic Applications for Postdocs
April 19, 3:30 - 6:00

This workshop is specifically for Post Docs, and will focus on job search techniques as well as how to produce effective CVs and cover letters.  The workshop will utilise a mix of individual and informal small group exercises and will focus on applications for non-academic jobs.


Claire Conway, PhD., Career Advisor, Oxford University, England

Fundraising Panel
April 23, 2:00 - 3:00

Many graduate students make excellent fundraisers pursuing work that makes positive contributions to society.

Learn more about how to put your communication, & interpersonal skills to use when your philanthropic values are yearning for an outlet.  Hear from a fundraising panel that will describe the day to day realities of a fundraiser in a university context and beyond and how to begin a fundraising career. At the event, we'll also unveil an internship development program designed to help graduates prepare for a career in development. So don't miss this opportunity to network and pick the brains of our development leaders.


Marc Weinstein, Vice-Principal, Development and Alumni Relations (DAR), McGill University

Michele Joanisse, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Isabelle Roy, Director of Prospecting & Pipeline Management ,McGill's Development and Alumni Relations (DAR)

Non-Academic Interviews for Post Docs
April 23, 3:30 - 6:00

This intensive workshop is specifically for Post Docs, and will focus on understanding interview processes, effective preparation for interviews and tackling difficult interview questions.  The workshop will utilize a mix of individual and informal small group exercises and will focus on applications for non-academic jobs.


Claire Conway, PhD., Career Advisor, Oxford University, England

How to Build a Career in International Cooperation 
April 25, 12:00 - 1:00

Learn about the steps you can take locally to move your international career forward.


Richard Zereik, MEd., Associate Director, Services for Students in the Office of the Executive Director, Services for Students, McGill University

What to do with a PhD in Anything!
April 25, 2:00 - 3:00

Curious about career options for people with a PhD? Many (some say most) careers do not require precise knowledge in a specific area, and focus instead on skills. This workshop will attempt to provide you with an understanding of various industries and how, with a PhD in (almost) anything, you can leverage the skills you have acquired in grad school to a wide variety of careers.


Lorna MacEachern, M.A. Graduate Career Advisor, McGill Career Planning Service

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