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BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | February 20 2019

Moving beyond the traditional resumé-writing workshops, many centres are now helping students conceive of their career paths from the start of their studies.

University career centres: that’s where you go to get a tuneup on your resumé and cover letter as you’re graduating, right? Yes, just before you exit the ivory tower into the warm embrace of various employers all waiting to welcome you to the working world. If you’re shaking your head at t...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/campus-career-centres-step-up-to-better-serve-students/
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | February 14 2019

The secret CV doesn’t contain things you want to hide, but rather things that you’re proud of, and haven’t yet found a way to articulate.

As failure CVs make the rounds, they confirm that Continue reading. It’s not the only kind of atypical CV that can help you to reconceptualize your career. I...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/the-secret-cv/
Career Advice
BY AMANDA DOBBIE & SAMAH SABRA | February 13 2019

When we stop to consider the demands that leadership can involve, we are enabling each other to move forward, together.

Eight years ago, a small group of people from Carleton University got together to reconsider the future of leadership on their campus. They began with the question: “What does great leadership look like in practice and how can we create the conditions for more of it? As we had further conversation...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/collaborative-leadership-in-higher-education-it-works/
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | January 31 2019

A successful career transition starts with an adviser who’s supportive, encouraging, and open to different ways of defining professional victory.

This is a guest post by Joseph Fruscione, PhD. He is an editor and writing consultant in the Washington, DC area. In addition to the new book he co-edited with Continue reading, Succeeding Outside the Academy (UP of Kansas), he’s also co-editing a ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/redefining-success-after-a-phd/
News
BY SHIREEN AHMED | January 17 2019

The updated policy broadly supports the inclusion of trans athletes in university sport, but critics still have some concerns.

The governing body of Canadian university sports, U Sports, released a Continue reading late in 2018 stating that trans athletes can participate on varsity sports teams t...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/u-sports-revises-equity-policy-to-include-transgender-student-athletes/
Features
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | January 10 2019

More students are opting to live in theme-based residences.

Before she had even applied to Wilfrid Laurier University, Grace Jansen in de Wal heard that she could live in residence on a floor dedicated to history students. The students would be offered special programming from group study sessions to communal cooking, and even a field trip at the end of the ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/living-learning-communities-connect-like-minded-students-in-residence/
News
BY MOIRA MACDONALD | January 09 2019

The mounting teacher shortages in parts of Canada have several sources, including working conditions, cuts to teacher education programs and a lack of specialty instructors.

Seana Schonfeldt-Taylor is getting a jumpstart on her teaching career before she’s even finished her bachelor of education program. The undergraduate at Laurentian University is in her final year of a concurrent education degree that she has combined with a bachelor’s in sociology. Since the ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/teacher-supply-goes-from-glut-to-scarcity-in-a-few-short-years/
Career Advice
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | January 04 2019

A new book aims to understand why a small subset of professionals actively resists retirement.

While many people actively want to retire, and many others can’t retire because of financial constraint...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/what-does-retirement-mean-when-your-job-is-your-life/
News
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 10 2018

The association representing postdocs unveiled four key policy recommendations at a conference in Ottawa.

Postdoctoral scholars are the backbone of academic research, and yet they face a number of serious challenges in Canada, including poor pay, uneven work benefits and a lack of recognition for their training and expertise, according to representatives of the Cana...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/postdoctoral-scholars-in-canada-call-for-better-recognition-funding-and-career-training/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | November 30 2018

These relatively recent initiatives deserve recognition for helping the scientific community.

Sometimes, you just get lost down the rabbit hole of the Internet. In one of these episodes, I came across a Continue reading in which he bestows his life lessons for young graduates. While it wasn't a m...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/focusing-on-the-positives-some-good-ideas-for-improving-science/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 26 2018

While individual initiative is vital, a larger cultural shift is needed.

This is a guest post by Drs Jonathan Malloy and Loleen Berdahl. Jonathan Malloy is a professor in the department of political science at Carleton University. His research areas include Canadian political institutions and career development processes in universities. Loleen Berdahl is a professo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/addressing-the-academia-first-mentality-in-phd-programs/
News
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | November 21 2018

A new report looks at how accessibility and accommodations are meeting the needs of disabled students across Canada.

A new study aims to challenge how accessibility and accommodations are understood at postsecondary institutions. Released in October, the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/accommodating-students-with-disabilities-on-campus-moving-beyond-silos/
Responsibilities May Include
BY REBECCA DIRNFELD | November 09 2018

Leveraging the skills you acquired in grad school is key to enhancing any future employment you delve into.

I often ponder the skills I use every day to successfully undertake projects in my role as lead of graduate career education at Ryerson University. Whether one-to-one advising, developing and giving presentations, leading meetings, or attending and presenting at conferences, this is my graduate leve...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/your-graduate-skills-are-always-transferable/
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | October 23 2018

What has and hasn’t worked at institutions that support career development and professionalization.

Over the past several years, Jen and I have interviewed hundreds of PhDs about their career transitions. We consistently hear is that PhDs have what it takes in terms of education and skills to move into meaningful careers beyond the professoriate, but they often struggle to land their first positio...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/lessons-learned-from-departments-that-support-career-readiness-of-grad-students/
In my opinion
BY KAREN ROBSON & REANA MAIER | October 08 2018

A phenomenon called “ethics creep” is discouraging researchers rather than protecting study participants.

Researchers working with human subjects in North America and beyond are very familiar with ethics protocols required by institutions of higher education, protocols rightly put in place to minimize harm to research participants. In Canada, individual higher education institutions have ethical juri...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/research-ethics-are-we-minimizing-harm-or-maximizing-bureaucracy/
Career Advice
BY TARA SIEBARTH | September 25 2018

“You and I only have one non-renewable resource in life – and that is time,” says Carleton University professor Tim Pychyl.

You sit down to start the next chapter in your thesis. You don’t want to do this. Maybe you feel tired. Maybe the last round of feedback from your supervisor makes the prospect of even typing a single word seem like an insurmountable task. “I’ll just check my phone real quick to make sure I ha...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/5-tips-to-fight-procrastination-in-grad-school/
Features
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | August 08 2018

The job can be challenging, all-consuming and even isolating – but also rewarding.

A week after becoming head of the department of plant agriculture at the University of Guelph, a position that would eventually lead him in 2016 to his current role as dean of the university’s Ontario Agricultural College, Rene Van Acker sent a short email to his own former department head, Murray...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/untangling-what-it-means-to-be-a-dean/
Features
BY WENDY GLAUSER | August 01 2018

Campus support programs are helping a diverse set of students to succeed in a system that wasn’t designed for them.

Dominique Oliver-Dares remembers being a first-year undergraduate student at Dalhousie University, looking around at the other students in her “humongous” introductory classes and seeing only a handful of Black students like her spread out around the room. “It was very isolating,” she recall...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/make-way-for-the-non-traditional-student/
News
BY ANQI SHEN | July 18 2018

Data from the 2018 Canadian University Survey Consortium report provide insights on the school-to-work transition.

Just over half of undergraduate students in their final year of study had some sort of learning-related work experience, four-fifths were satisfied with the quality of their education, and more than two-thirds expected to enroll in further education within the next five years. Those are some of the ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/about-half-of-graduating-students-have-a-learning-related-work-experience-survey-finds/
In my opinion
BY CATARINA FERREIRA & CORNELYA KLÜTSCH | July 16 2018

A long-term commitment to sustaining a highly diverse talent pool is the cornerstone of robust economic and social policies.

The “Continue reading,” consisting of highly skilled personnel from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, is the linchpin of a productive society and economy. Maintaini...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-canada-can-attract-international-talent-and-improve-knowledge-exchange/