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Graduate Career Series

Escaping the Ivory Tower - Graduate Career Series (dates and times will be forthcoming)


From Classroom to Boardroom: Transitioning from Academia to the Real World

While a graduate degree is no longer considered solely training for academic employment, many graduate students remain hesitant to pursue careers outside of academia. Many graduate students spend their academic careers preparing for a teaching position, and when confronted with the idea of leaving academia, have no idea where to begin. Join our panel of individuals as they share insights from their own transition. 

Transferable Skills: Prove to Employers Why You’re the Right Person for the Job

When contemplating work outside of the academy, many advanced degree holders feel that they have no specific skills to offer prospective employers, or they feel that their skills are so narrowly defined that they are unable to see their value outside of the lab.  This, of course, is entirely untrue, but easy to think when you are surrounded by people who have similar skill sets.  Learn how to understand the needs of employers and how best to demonstrate your unique suitability for a role. 

Converting Your Academic CV to a Resume

As an academic, you are likely familiar with the academic curriculum vitae (CV), which is the appropriate document for an academic job search.  However, in a post-academic world, the CV is usually replaced by a resume.  Converting your CV to a resume can be a daunting challenge, especially when one considers that your resume is a work in progress, and consequently is never really complete.  Learn about the key differences between a resume and a CV, discuss the key categories commonly found on a resume, and examine different styles of resumes.  We will also discuss strategies for boiling down your years of teaching and research experience into relevant points, suitable for a resume for a post-academic career.

Me Inc.: Using a Resume to Effectively Market Yourself

As you consider a post-academic job search, take the opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions about your resume from Human Resources professionals, the people who actually review applicant resumes and make decisions about who does and does not have the skills  and experience to move on to the interview stage.  Note: if you sign up for this session, you must bring a hard copy of your most current resume.

You’re Hired!  Interview Skills that Make a Difference

Impress your interviewers in your next interview with your poised manner, your well-prepared answers and your proper interview etiquette. Join us for this session on tips and strategies to present your "best you", including a discussion of the steps involved in interviewing and the different types of questions that you may encounter.

Interview in Progress: Applying your interview skills

Interviewing successfully is an art and the key to mastering interviewing is preparation and practice.  This session will provide you with an opportunity to apply your skills in front of Human Resource professionals in a mock interview setting.  Practice answering the types of questions you may encounter in an actual interview and receive feedback and suggestions on the quality of your responses, as well as on your overall interview performance.  Note: if you sign up for this session, you must dress the part; business attire will be enforced.

The Necessity of Networking: Gaining Awareness, Building Reputation & Achieving Your Goals Most

Does the thought of talking with someone you've never met make you uneasy? With greater access to information and so many tools, devices & programs that work to make everything in life as convenient as possible, it is easy to feel that pro-actively interacting with others is a relatively “unnecessary” activity. As our lives get busier, taking the time to connect with people often becomes an afterthought, something that is nice in theory but not essential enough to warrant regular attention. Such thinking can not only hinder our ability to achieve our goals it also can make accomplishing anything we want to do significantly more difficult. Networking is necessary for success both in life and when thinking about your own career planning & development.

Where Are All the Jobs, Anyway? Strategies for Conducting a Post-Academic Job Search

  • Who is hiring?
  • How do we find out who is hiring?
  • What kinds of jobs exist outside of academia?
  • What are the trends in the marketplace that should inform my decision?
  • What are the best resources to use in my job search?

This session will provide an understanding of employment sectors and fields, labour market information, and will also introduce participants to the concept of the hidden job market.

Life’s a Pitch: Putting Your Relationship Building Skills Into Practice

One of the key job search strategies, both inside and outside of academia, is networking.  If you attended 4 of 7 sessions in this series, then you are invited to participate in this capstone event, where you will have the opportunity to practice your networking skills with representatives from a variety of sectors.  Business casual attire is required.