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Careers Café

Welcome to Careers Café


After Carolyn Steele bid farewell to her Career Sense blog, we received a bit of an outcry from you, the readers.

Many of you declared that despite the fact that a lot of Canadian academics do not post comments to blogs (too shy? Too busy? Not used to posting comments?), a blog offering up career advice, tools and links would be sorely missed in the Canadian academic world.

Well, you spoke and we listened. We are introducing a new career advice blog: Careers Café.

We’ve decided to do things a bit differently this time around. Instead of one author, we will have several who can share the workload and bounce ideas off each other. Allow me to introduce our first two regular contributors:

  • Jo VanEvery is a private career coach who helps academics get on track with their research program and/or job search. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex and is a former program officer (Research & Dissemination Grants Division) at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
    Follow Jo on Twitter:
  • Elizabeth Koblyk is a staff career advisor at the University of Waterloo who specializes in advice for postdoctoral fellows and non-faculty staff. She received her PhD in English literature from McMaster University.
    Follow Liz on Twitter:

We hope you enjoy this new blog and new format. Questions? Comments? Try your hand at posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Also, if you have expertise in the area of careers for academics and would like us to consider you as one of our contributors to this blog, then send me an email to [email protected].

Tara Siebarth
Tara is the web editor for University Affairs.
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  1. N. Simone / November 28, 2010 at 22:34

    I’m glad to have stumbled across this blog. I’m currently writing my dissertation and I keep hearing stories of hard it is to find academic positions. Thank you for the reminder that although it may be hard, it is possible, and that there are other options out there. I look forward to reading more of the blog.

  2. Geoff L. / January 13, 2011 at 13:38

    I’m happy to have found this blog and wondered if any of you would be willing to write some thoughts on the post-PhD job search when location is a big factor – i.e., you’ve got a partner who has a great job in the city you studied in but you keep finding appealing jobs outside of the city/country…what does one do? Yikes! …many thanks in advance for any thoughts! 🙂

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