College of Graduate Mentorship

The College of Graduate Mentorship is a new initiative for supporting upper-year PhD students and postdocs in their transition into the job market. Through the program, eligible students will be paired with a faculty mentor as they explore the different career paths available to them, learn to recognize and present the many valuable skills they have acquired over the course of their studies, and develop strategies to stay organized, motivated, and happy as they finish their degrees and seek future opportunities.

Applications to be a mentee and mentor have now closed. Stay tuned for next year's application period! In the meantime, check out the programming from CaPS and the TRaCE Talks.

The program consists of three components through which you will have the opportunity to: 

  1. Learn from the job-search experience of a faculty mentor with whom you will meet 2 times per semester. Mentorship pairings will begin in January 2024. 
  2. Hone your academic job search materials and build relationships with peers through programming offered by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS). 
  3. Expand your knowledge of the career paths available to McGill PhDs through the TRaCE Talks, monthly panel discussions with McGill alumni working in diverse careers.


Faculty Mentor Pairings

A pairing with a McGill faculty mentor will give you the opportunity to expand your understanding of the academic job market, learn from your mentor’s unique perspective and experience, and establish new connections at McGill and beyond.


Accelerate Your Academic Job Search

Through the Accelerate Your Academic Job Search Program offered by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS). program, you will join a group of peers meeting twice a month that supports each other in preparing for academic job applications and interviews. As part of the program, you are also encouraged to participate in the many workshops addressing the academic and non-academic job search offered by CaPS.


TRaCE Talks

Most McGill PhDs work in diverse careers beyond academia. Building on the insights of the TRaCE McGill project, the TRaCE Talks invite McGill alumni to share their experiences in non-academic careers in monthly panel discussions open to all members of the McGill community.

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