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By LIZ KOBLYK | June 18 2012

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.

By NICOLA KOPER | June 11 2012

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 […]

By JO VANEVERY | June 04 2012

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 […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | May 28 2012

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 […]

By NICOLA KOPER | May 15 2012

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 […]

By JO VANEVERY | May 07 2012

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 […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | April 30 2012

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 […]

By NICOLA KOPER | April 23 2012

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 […]

By JO VANEVERY | April 16 2012

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 […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | April 02 2012

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 […]

By NICOLA KOPER | March 27 2012

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 […]

By JO VANEVERY | March 19 2012

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 […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | March 12 2012

Liz Koblyk describes how one female academic managed to have children while completing her PhD.

By NICOLA KOPER | March 05 2012

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 […]

By JO VANEVERY | February 28 2012

Stress is inversely related to the amount of control you have over your situation. The job search process can be highly stressful because so many things are out of your control: whether a job in your field will be advertised what the competition for that job is like how the decision to hire is made […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | February 13 2012

In most things you do, you get to see progress. You start painting a wall and, an hour later, you can see that you’ve put in an hour’s work, and that less work remains because of your efforts. You incorporate feedback from a reviewer when strengthening an article for publication and, sure enough, you end […]

By NICOLA KOPER | February 07 2012

I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. I swear, I didn’t forget to write this blog post… which is due in 10 minutes, so technically, it’s not late yet. It’s just that I am writing this big grant proposal, and I’m working on the animal ethics for said proposal, and […]

By JO VANEVERY | January 30 2012

Your CV (or résumé) details past employment, past education, and any other relevant experience. Ideally it indicates your achievements. All of that is organized so that it is easy for a potential employer to find the information they need to determine if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to do the job they need […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | January 23 2012

Before moving on from the topic of awkward moments in networking, I want to address one final, painful topic. So far, I’ve looked at situations controlled by the networker. What happens, though, if you run into someone with whom you suspect you have burned a bridge? That question came up in a workshop, in which a […]

By NICOLA KOPER | January 16 2012

I have a confession to make. It’s a bit embarrassing. But here goes…. I have 18 graduate students. If you’re wondering whether that’s an unusually high number for one prof, you’re right… it is. I hardly know how it happened. It was just bit by bit … I’d get a great idea for a project, […]