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CAREERS CAFÉ

By LIZ KOBLYK | August 08 2012

During the hiring process, candidates need to be able to communicate their competencies in their resumés and at interviews.

By JO VANEVERY | July 23 2012

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 […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | July 17 2012

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 […]

By NICOLA KOPER | July 10 2012

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 […]

By JO VANEVERY | June 25 2012

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.

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 […]