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OVERVIEW

The mission of the GradLife McGill blog is to showcase graduate students’ experiences through their own ‘voice’ and to foster a sense of community across departments and disciplines. Blog posts portray students’ personal reflections, aspirations, triumphs, challenges and resources associated with their graduate journey.

GradLife McGill is run by the Social Media Team comprised of bloggers, vloggers and Instagrammers. The Team will work closely with the Social Media Coordinators who will train bloggers by providing guidelines, resources and support. Bloggers will have access to a broad content bank of topics and themes for inspiration. Creativity, independence, sound ethical judgment and a sense of community are central and highly encouraged within the team.

 

What it means to be a ...

GradLife Blogger 

RESPONSIBILITIES

●     To write original posts on topics pertaining to the graduate experience

●     Commitment of minimum 2 posts / month for one year (from the time of your training session)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Maintain the “student voice” of the blog by tailoring posts to graduate students.

Follow the best practices and guidelines created by the Social Media Coordinators and outlined during blogger training or through feedback year-round.

Decide autonomously on the creative and stylistic content of each blog post. Note that posts will not be edited, but bloggers are expected to show sound ethical judgment, respect of copyright and professionality in representing McGill University. 

Actively engage with Social Media Team (read and comment on posts, attend an orientation and meet-ups (~1 per month)) to maintain a sense of community.

QUALIFICATIONS

Excellent writing ability

Creativity and enthusiasm

Community engagement is encouraged (attending workshops, etc.)

 

GradLife Vlogger

RESPONSIBILITIES

●     To create visually-engaging videos on relevant topics pertaining to graduate life

●     Commitment of minimum 1 post / month (from the time of your training session)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Create and edit videos that are ~30sec to 5min in length

Maintain the “student voice” mission of the GradLife platform by tailoring videos to graduate student experiences

Follow the best practices and guidelines outlined during training or through feedback from Social Media Coordinators

Decide autonomously on creative and stylistic content of each video. Note that video bloggers are expected to show sound ethical judgment, respect of copyright and professionality in representing McGill University.

Actively engage with Social Media Team (follow and comment on posts, attend an orientation and meet-ups)

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong visual and video creation / editing abilities

Creativity and enthusiasm

Community engagement is encouraged (attending workshops, etc.)

Video bloggers must have their own camera and video-editing software

 

GradLife Instagrammer 

RESPONSIBILITIES

●     To create visually-engaging and timely snapshots pertaining to graduate life

●     To use relevant captions and hashtags

●     Commitment of minimum 1 posts / week (from the time of your training session)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Maintain the “student voice” by capturing various elements of the graduate experience

Follow the best practices and guidelines created by the Social Media Coordinators and outlined during training or through feedback year-round

Decide autonomously on creative and stylistic content of your posts. Note that Instagrammers are expected to show sound ethical judgment, respect of copyright and professionality in representing McGill University

Actively engage with the Social Media Team (follow and comment on posts, attend an orientation and meet-ups) to maintain a sense of community

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong visual or photographic abilities (professional experience is not required)

Creativity and enthusiasm

Community engagement is encouraged (attending workshops, etc.)

 

GradLife Graphic Designer

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create original visual content on topics pertaining to the graduate experience
  • Assist GradLife Team and Coordinators with content creation and editing needs
  • Commitment of 1-2 hours a week (depending on activities)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Work with GradLife Coordinators to develop promotional ideas for GradLife McGill (i.e., using consistent color schemes, images, icons, etc.)

Create original visual content for digital advertisements of GradLife McGill (e.g., social media channels, campus publications, TVs on campus)

Create original visual content on topics pertaining to the graduate experience for use by GradLife Bloggers, Vloggers and Instagrammers

Edit existing visual content as the need arises

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong graphic arts skills

Creativity, independence and enthusiasm

Working knowledge of Photoshop and other graphic design software.

Community engagement is encouraged

 

GradLife Community Leader 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Brainstorm strategies for community engagement and team-building within and across the GradLife Teams
  • Work with the GradLife Coordinators to develop and execute community engagement opportunities
  • Assist the GradLife Coordinators in liaising between university partners and GradLife Teams about events and resources on campus
  • 1-2 hour/week commitment (depending on period and activities)

SPECIFIC TASKS

Autonomously think of creative strategies for team-building and community engagement

Organize monthly team meet-up in collaboration with the GradLife Coordinators

Actively engage with GradLife Teams online and in person (read and comment on posts, motivate content creation, encourage participation, etc.)

Communicate with GradLife Coordinators about plans and team needs

QUALIFICATIONS

Independent worker

Self-starter

Enthusiasm and creative vision for community engagement activities

Strong team-building and interpersonal skills

Experience in organizing social events

Strong written and oral communication 

 

 

We are not currently recruiting. Stay tuned for the 2017-2018 recruitment call.

 

WHY JOIN GRADLIFE?

●      Develop your communication, team-building and leadership skills

●      Improve and diversify your event planning portfolio

●      Empower and motivate fellow graduate students

●      Become an active part of a meaningful McGill community initiative

●      Connect with people from other departments and disciplines

●      Learn about responsible social media contribution

●      Receive a letter from the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the end of your year with GradLife if requirements are fulfilled

As a McGill student, your participation in activities such as training workshops and volunteering are tracked on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. Learn how to leverage this important document through myInvolvement, and make your training count!
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