Graduate Career Month 2013 - Dive into Careers Outside Academia


Brown Student Services Room 5001, 3600 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G3, CA

Grad Career Month 2013 intends to shine a spotlight on a range of career paths that graduate students excel in but may overlook when conducting a job search post graduation.   

We will introduce you to the illusive world of policy leaders and analysts, project management, communication, pharma careers, management consulting, international development and CEGEP teaching through a series of panels, presentations and speed mentoring events. Workshops on negotiation, emotional intelligence, building a LinkedIn profile, managing conflict, strategies for a successful post doc and how to land an internship as a graduate student are some of the events we bring to you. 

The job search process is based on research and networking.  Grad Career Month is a good place to start!

To view a list of panelists and bios, click here

Getting What You Want:  The Art of Negotiation

Thursday, May 2 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

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.

Strategies for a Successful Post Doc
Friday, May 3 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Introducing you to postdoctoral studies.  Wondering what steps you can take in your postdoc to enhance your career opportunities for both academic and non-academic areas?  Come to a seminar to gain some tips and resources on how to ensure that you get the most possible out of your postdoctoral experience.

How to Build a Career in International Cooperation
Monday, May 6 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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

Monday, May 6 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

  • The following CEGEPS are confirmed:  John Abbott, Champlain, Dawson, Vanier

Speed Mentoring Café (Counselling Psychology, Social Work, Psychology)
Monday, May 6 | 3:00 pm – 4:30pm

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.


Mary Ann Lichacz-Karwatsky, M.Ed. Counselling Psychologist
Rosa Caporicci, M.A. Clinical Counsellor – Employee Assistance Programme
Trudy Wong, Social Worker, Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada
Catherine Dubé. Social Worker, Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada
Andrea Chen, M.A. Addictions Counsellor, Pavillion Foster

Leveraging LinkedIn to Win:  Be-IN-Valuable!

Thursday, May 9 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

LEVERAGING LINKEDIN TO WIN: Be- IN-Valuable Workshop Are you using LinkedIn to the best of your advantage? Many individuals are on LinkedIn but not really LinkedIn. This workshop will demonstrate how best to utilize the social networking tool and take full advantage of ALL it has to offer. You will learn how use LinkedIn to build an all-star profile, build "key" connections, job search,  and create and maintain a professional presence online. Networking is not what it used to be!


Shelly Elsliger, B.A, B.Ed, PPCC, SME-M Cert.

Communications Panel

Thursday, May 16 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Considering applying your communications and writing skills towards a career in public relations?  Need some guidance on how to do that? This panel will showcase various career paths that will get you thinking about your options.  


Karin Lornsen, Academic Planning & Projects Officer, McGill’s Office of the Principal
Carly Grossman, B.A ‘02., M.J. ‘04, Communications Officer, Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Leslie Quinton, Senior Vice-President, Global Corporate Communications, SNC Lavalin

Management Consulting:  McKinsey Presentation
(presentation in the Thomson House Ballroom)
Friday, May 17 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

McKinsey & Company is an international management consulting firm with an unwavering commitment to high-impact client service and the continuous development of its people. Founded in 1926, we have enjoyed continued growth and currently have 99 offices in 51 countries, with over 9,000 consultants. Whether advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy or serving a community organization on a pro bono project, one thing remains constant about our work: if it is not a top priority for the client, or will not have significant impact in the industry or world, it is not for us.

Come learn more about the role of an associate, the development opportunities and how you will contribute to the firms success. We look forward to meeting you !"

Mitacs Suite of Programs and Prospecting 101

Thursday, May 23 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Preventing and Managing Conflict in the Workplace          
Monday, May 27 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Conflict is unavoidable, especially within workplace settings. When you put such a diverse group of individuals together, with often-competing roles and values, conflict is bound to erupt. However, research suggests that conflict, if managed carefully, can actually spark innovation and help achieve the bottom line. This workshop will help you learn how to identify your strengths and weaknesses in communicating with others and provide some practical tips in how to manage conflict in the workplace.


Jonathan Elston, MSc., Médiateur

Engineering Career Panel          
Monday, May 27 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you looking to apply your Engineering skills outside the academia? Find out how to apply your engineering graduate degree in areas as diverse as patent law, policy and quality assurance.


Sanro Zlobec, Patent Agent, Smart & Biggar
Sevan Hanssian, Software Developer, Savoir-faire Linux
Katya Marc, M.Eng., MBA, Industry Liaison Manager, Faculty of Engineering, McGill University

Situational Leadership and Team Dynamics
Monday, May 27 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to teach you the basics of how to be the right type of leader in the right type of situation. Even if you do not choose a career in management, you will likely be expected to act as a leader across various contexts. You will learn how to do a basic assessment of your needs as a leader and follower, as well as those of your colleagues. You will also learn how understand basic team team dynamics, in order to contribute to the group effectively. When the team wins, you win.


Jonathan Elston, MSc., Médiateur

Project Management Panel        
Tuesday, May 28 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Have you considered work as a project manager? Does graduate training prepare you for the role and if so how? Is certification necessary?  Hear from several project managers to learn about the broad range of activities carried out to meet the requirements of a successful  project


Minda Miloff, Project Manager and Coach
Janice Albert, MSc Pharmacology. Currently, PhD candidate in Experimental Surgery
Chantal Rossignol, B.Sc., PMP, Project Manager, Golder Associates Ltd.      

Policy Analyst & Policy Leader Panel
Wednesday, May 29 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Considering policy work for the federal government or a think tank?  Wondering what a career in public policy is really like?  What to expect during the application and interview process?  Hear from a range of speakers who have experience working in areas as varied as environment, economics, and health.


Stephen Tapp, Research Director, Institute for Research on Public Policy ( IRPP)
Paul Rochon, Associate Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Matt Boldt, Senior Economist, Finance Canada (International Trade and Finance Branch)
Dr. Nadia Ferrara, Senior Policy Manager, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Andrés Drew, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada

Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Wednesaday, May 29 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Research in social psychology has revealed that the smartest people are also the most successful and the most fulfilled in life. Intellectual intelligence (IQ) isn’t sufficient on its own to become successful in life. IQ can help you get into the best university but EQ, will enable you to better manage stress and emotions during exam periods. Therefore, a higher EQ will lead to improvements in your performance at work (i.e. stand out as a strong candidate during a job interview), your physical and mental health (i.e. reducing the likelihood of serious health and mental health problems), and your personal relationships (i.e. to better manage your emotions and to avoid mood swings which can be detrimental to forging significant relationships). By understanding your emotions and how to control them, you will be better able to adequately express how you feel and also understand how others are feeling. EQ will allow you to become a more efficient communicator and hence, to develop stronger relationships, both at work as well as in your personal life.


Tina C. Montreuil, Ph.D. (c), OPQ

Explore Career Paths in Pharmaceutical Sciences
In collaboration with AAPS McGill Student Chapter

  • Pharma Careers
    Thursday, May 30 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The medical department of pharmaceutical companies offer a variety of positions to MSc, PhD and MD graduates. Positions available in clinical research and medical affairs will be presented (clinical research associate, project manager, medical science liaison) as well as academic / soft skills required. Tips for the pharma interview and the first 100 days on the job will also be discussed. Full profile available on


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

  • Outlook on the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Thursday, May 30 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Dr. Adrien Mukusu, Director of Bioanalyticals,  Pharmascience

  • Mentor Me Over Coffee
    Thursday, May 30 | 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The afternoon session will consists of two hours of 30-minute small group discussion. Participants will be divided into groups of eight to ten and engage with two established professionals from in the pharmaceutical domain in a round-table format. Coffee and pastries will be served. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about available career options, to gain an insider’s view on the hiring process, and to network with professionals. After every 30 minutes, students will rotate from table to table in order to meet with all the mentors. Our panel of “two-hour mentors” consists of a wide range of professionals with extensive experience in their respective domains.


Janice Albert,PhD Candidate Dept. of Experimental Surgery, former clinical research and medical affairs manager at Schering-Plough
Dr. Cameron Black, Co-founder and VP Discovery of Kaneq Pharma, former Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck-Frosst
Dr. Lee Fader, Principle Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Parsa Famili,  President and CEO, Novatek International
Dr. Patricia Folkins,  Partner and Patent Agent, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Daniella Marks: Medical writer at Jeffrey Simbrow Associates
Dr. Adrien Mukusu, Director of Bioanalyticals, Pharmascience
Dr. May Shawi, Medical & Sciences Liaison, Janssen, pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson

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