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From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 21 2016
In the three years I've worked as a career and life coach, and through the years of my own transition, I've learned lots about the process of changing careers. What fascinates me most are the thoughts and feelings that accompany such a shift.When I talk about transition with my clients and other...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/career-transitions-dont-happen-overnight/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | August 17 2015
Joseph Fruscione (PhD, English) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in December 2013. You can read his interview Continue reading. He was then teaching first-year writing in George Washington's University writing program and beginning a post-ac...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-update-joseph-fruscione-carolyn-harris-and-andrew-miller/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 27 2015
Kimberley Yates (PhD, English) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in March 2013. Read her interview Continue reading. She was then associate director of the https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-update-kimberley-yates-veronica-rubio-vega-and-rachel-mueller-lust/
News
BY SPARROW MCGOWAN | June 11 2014

A registrar who helps school leavers qualify for university understands their mindset.

 The University of Toronto welcomes some 14,000 first-year students every September, but for many individuals the prospect of a university education appears out of reach. Yet, some of them will graduate, with the help of a little-known program for people who lack the formal education to qua...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/meet-the-registrar-for-u-of-ts-transitional-year-program/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | July 09 2012
Quick hit: Beth forwarded something interesting to me in a follow up to my slightly controversial critique of the Three Minute Thesis article - Jorge Cham of PhD Comics fame has justContinue reading to have your thesis...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/quarterly-summary-transition-success/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | May 31 2012
Hello readers! If you didn't catch it already, we have relocated the blog and this month and have posted our first set of articles:
  1. Reality TV invading unive...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/facilitating-the-transition-new-posts-at-university-affairs/
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | February 16 2012
Read Jonathan's earlier related entries to catch up on the series: Making the Case for Increased Federal Support of Biomedical Research and The Problem: A lack of faculty positions at top-tier Canadian Universities and Research InstitutesOne approach, in which Canada is laggi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/pitching-solutions-transition-awards-and-targeted-hiring/
News
BY KRISTEN WRIGHT | November 28 2011

Program targets first-generation students.

Andre Matte had heard all the horror stories about transitioning from high school to first year university. To add to his anxiety, Mr. Matte is the first in his family to go to university. So when he was flipping through the application for residency at the University of Alberta last spring, somethi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/easing-the-transition/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 09 2018
This is a guest post by Raj Dhiman, PhD, who works as an inside sales manager (small business) at Rogers Communication.Unemployment hurts. Plain and simple.I experienced it when I left academia about five years ago. I was PhD in hand and applying for the “obvious” jobs: assi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/sales-great-career-path-phds/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 02 2017

The name of this blog is changing.

The new school year is a time of change, and I can attest that feels true even for those of us who aren't enrolled in school, don't work in education, or have school-aged dependents. I started blogging for University Affairs under the From PhD to Life banner in September 2013. At that poin...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/phd-beyond-professoriate/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | April 28 2017
I'm gearing up to co-host the Continue reading once again this May. It's the fourth annual event, and there's a great lineup of speakers presenting. I asked our Day 1 (Career Day) panellists to share advice they have for graduate ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/advice-phds-seeking-non-faculty-jobs/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 04 2016

Seeking employment outside academic faculty positions? Then this conference is for you.

This is the third year I'll co-produce an online conference -- a series of interactive, live webinars. Continue reading is aimed at graduate students and PhDs who are curious about or actively seeking employment outside ac...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/3rd-annual-beyond-the-professoriate-the-online-career-conference-for-phds/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | February 24 2016
One of the pieces of advice I give people considering their options after a PhD is to take risks. Not big ones, but small ones. One at a time.These risks can take the form of drafting a resumé, just for yourself. Or conducting an informational interview, even with someone you already know. Or ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/taking-risks-key-successful-career-change/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | February 11 2016
I recently spoke with a humanities PhD who's having difficulty securing meaningful employment. After a one-year stint as a professor soon after he graduated, he's worked for a private company for the past 18 months. “General office work,” he told me. “This used to be a summer job, and they hir...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/stalled-career-search-dont-give/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 28 2016
Occasionally I’m asked about quitting, particularly "quitting" a PhD program. This happened several times last week, when I was in Vancouver.Contrary to what you may hear or what your own internal critics tell you, there’s no shame in moving on. I remember a long post on a https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/ok-quit-phd/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 19 2015
Last week I participated in an event for engineering graduate students at McMaster University. I was interviewed over Google Hangout by three students. They asked me excellent questions about my career. It was a fun experience, and one that got me thinking.I went “straight through”: high sch...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/grad-school-is-part-of-your-career-too/
Career Advice
BY REBECCA MAYMON, LAURA NILSON & CLAIRE EDRINGTON | September 23 2021

Three grads share their paths leading to careers outside of the academy.

While it is well established that an academic career as a faculty member is only one possible outcome for someone who has earned a PhD, we are only starting to understand the myriad of post-PhD career paths. Clarity in understanding how PhD earners continue contributing to knowledge, economic and so...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/where-can-a-phd-in-stem-lead/
News
BY UA/AU | September 22 2021

Three Calgary institutions announce new rules, StFx extends mask wearing policy and U of Waterloo hoping for ‘normal’ winter semester.

Editor’s note: please check back regularly for more updates.

September 22, 2021

Three postsecondary institutions in Calgary set new rules

After cancelling classes due to the fourth wave currently hitting Alberta, the University of Calgary, Mount Royal Universit...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-canadas-universities/
News
BY MARK CARDWELL | September 14 2021

For many schools, preventing possible infections means mitigating a perfect storm of conditions for binge drinking.

You would think Stine Linden-Andersen would be feeling nervous these days, as a clinical psychologist who specializes in high-risk behaviours and dean of student affairs at a small Quebec school with a reputation for partying. Not one but two cohorts of exuberant undergraduate students have arrived ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-weaning-alcohol-from-welcome-weeks-as-covid-threat-persists/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | September 08 2021
The Toronto Star Continue reading Ryerson’s School of Journalism announced the renaming of the university’s newspaper an...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-sept-8-2021/