The imminent beginning of a new academic year seems like a good time to broach this difficult topic. Before you make another tuition payment, it’s a good idea to make a conscious decision about whether doing a PhD is still the right path for you. How do you feel? This is a serious question. Is […]
During the hiring process, candidates need to be able to communicate their competencies in their resumés and at interviews.
As you get closer to actually finishing the PhD, your thoughts turn to what’s next. In addition to reading blogs like this one, you are scanning the academic job ads, building a CV that might make you competitive and thinking about short term options. While teaching experience is useful, if you are going to be […]
I know people who actually enjoy employment interviews. At some point in their interviews, they forget their nervousness because the problems posed by the interview questions interest them. They slip out of self-conscious self-promotion mode and into problem-solving mode. But most of us find it hard to forget that a job’s at stake and that there’s a […]
As I approach my annual summer vacation weeks, I am feeling a variety of emotions that I am starting to associate with this time of year … none of which include the anticipation, relaxation, excitement, or relief that one might expect. Instead, I find myself vacillating between panic, concern, and guilt about leaving my graduate […]
Jo VanEvery suggests taking advantage of some of the down time summer brings and learn or improve upon some skills you might need for your career.
Liz Koblyk lets grad students know who to approach for reference letters when you’re not sure. You might be surprised at who is willing to be one of your referees.
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the male chipping sparrow in my backyard is trying really hard to get the attention of the female he’s hanging around with these days. That all means that it’s time to get busy… for the grad students in my lab, that is. I seem to be remarkably […]
Moving from an academic environment into the workforce is a difficult transition. Think about all those highrise office buildings in downtown Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, … Thousands of people work in those buildings. Then there are all of the people who work outdoors, or from home, or in factories. I bet you have no idea […]
If you’ve had the experience of carefully crafting and revising a resumé and cover letter, you’ve likely also had the experience of wondering whether anyone actually reads the documents you so carefully research and write. The bad news first Blogs by recruiters suggest that recruiters skim resumés in 5 to 20 seconds. That’s not a lot […]
Funnily enough, despite the decades I spent as a student, it has been the informal mentoring that I’ve received from my colleagues and supervisors that has helped me to become the kind of graduate student supervisor that I am today… a good one, I hope. FS taught me to be passionate, RB taught me to […]
Have you been communicating your research to audiences beyond your discipline or even beyond academia? Have you been communicating your research using new media? If so, you may be wondering: How do your put these things on your CV? This problem arises for academics at all career stages: from graduate students to full professors. Whether […]
Tax season always seems like a good time to talk about money. Regarding money, career advice tends to range from “do what you love and the money will follow” variety to “get a practical degree and earn good money.” Money is extremely useful at paying for stuff, and sometimes life or health circumstances mean that […]
In October, I wrote about the stress of applying for the renewal of my NSERC Discovery grant and assured all of our regular readers that I would report back to you once the results of the competition were in. I said that the tri-councils remind me of Fluffy, from Harry Potter … you know, a […]
References play a crucial role at all stages of your academic career. They will be considered in your application for a PhD program, in applications for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, and in academic job applications. (The role they play in a non-academic job search may be very different.) Obviously you want referees who will say […]
As long as job search books advise job seekers to sell themselves, job seekers will struggle where to draw the line between honesty and embellishment. Jo VanEvery neatly addresses the topic of honesty on CVs. In particular, she points out the danger of falsely implying that publications are peer reviewed, or that articles have been accepted […]
Usually I try to find the humour in my academic experiences, but today isn’t one of those days. Today I am talking about plagiarism, and there isn’t one thing that’s funny about that. I am still shocked that I must deal with plagiarism at the graduate school level. I have put in place a number […]
Recently seen on Twitter… Question for my Followers: Should job talks be listed on your CV as “Invited Lectures.” I say “no”. Others say “yes”. What do you think? — Stephen T Casper (@TheNeuroTimes) March 6, 2012 The following day, a similar tweet Protip: if it’s submitted, under consideration, or revised and resubmitted IT’S NOT […]
Liz Koblyk describes how one female academic managed to have children while completing her PhD.
Academic advisers (supervisors) and graduate students have different goals for the student’s graduate school careers. While students may be focused on completing a degree and gaining enough knowledge and experience that they can get a job, most advisers expect that at least one of the benefits of supervising students is the opportunity to publish more […]