myPath

What is myPath?

Scheduled to launch in 2018, myPath is an active network of tools and programming aiming to provide McGill PhD students with ways to identify their goals and create an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Why myPath?

The traditional path for those entering graduate school was to pursue a career as an academic.  However, current reports show that for the past decade or more graduates with PhDs have been pursing a very diverse range of careers, and fewer than 20% in tenure track positions.

With an increasing proportion of PhD graduates pursuing careers outside of the professoriate, universities have developed complementary career and professional development opportunities to enhance their employability. Inspite of this, many graduate students still experience a rocky transition from the academy to a career. While they are generally very highly skilled, and qualify for a wide variety of careers, many PhD graduates have not taken the time to reflect on their goals and to strategically plan their academic and professional development activities.

Students who only begin to think about their goals as they approach the end of their degree experience a great deal of stress as they try to make difficult life choices while finishing their dissertation. This transition is also prolonged as many end up undertaking additional activities to qualify for a new career path that may have been better pursued earlier in their degree.

The integrated approach of myPath will ensure that all McGill PhD students have the capability to reflect upon and leverage skills, values, and interests into any career by fostering a supportive, resource-rich network focused on strategic goal setting and student self care.

Want to learn more?

Visit the myPath website for more information on which of the myPath tools could work best for you!

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