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By LIZ KOBLYK | January 04 2011

In my last blog post, I suggested that passion can be a misleading guide when you’re starting to explore career options. However, if you’re willing to set aside passion in favour of curiosity, you have more freedom to investigate a variety of career options. The next issue, of course, is how to go about doing that. […]

By JO VANEVERY | December 13 2010

There is a lot of talk about PhDs, the academic job market, and how to prepare students for possible alternatives to an academic career. Almost all of it rests on an assumption that an academic job is “Plan A”. It is fair to say that an academic career is the default assumption. A plan should […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | November 29 2010

Some of you may already know exactly what kind of work you want to pursue. Maybe you’re already pursuing it. My guess is that a lot of readers of this blog are also wondering what career might interest them more than their current work. If that’s your situation, this post is for you. Many career […]

By JO VANEVERY | November 17 2010

To get to where you are now, you had to be very good at figuring out what was expected of you and delivering it. As you moved into a graduate program, especially at the doctoral level, this particular skill started to become less and less useful. It probably wasn’t obvious at first. The coursework and […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | November 08 2010

Hi, I am Liz! When I asked my supervisor if she’d mind me accepting an offer to contribute to University Affairs’ new Careers Café blog, she said, “I love University Affairs!  Just make sure you mention where you work!” So, I work at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Career Action. I’m the staff career […]

By JO VANEVERY | November 01 2010

  Hi! Nice to meet you. I’m Jo VanEvery. I’m looking forward to chatting with you over coffee about your career. There is a lot of doom and gloom about academic careers out there. I’m not going to pretend that the academic job market (or any job market) is easy to navigate right now. You […]

By TARA SIEBARTH | October 06 2010

After Carolyn Steele bid farewell to her Career Sense blog, we received a bit of an outcry from you, the readers. Many of you declared that despite the fact that a lot of Canadian academics do not post comments to blogs (too shy? Too busy? Not used to posting comments?), a blog offering up career […]