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With a little lead time and institutional support, professors can make great online courses.

Currently, I am suffering from analysis paralysis about teaching online. I’m thinking about it; I have good ideas, but I am a little reluctant to act. Having just gone through a rough transition in another course last semester due to the pandemic, I know that my students were fairly forgiving of t...
Career Advice

By participating in the Team Case Study program at U of T, life science graduates gain a competitive edge in the non-academic job market.

Since 2016, approximately 180 trainees have participated in the Industry Team Case Study (ITCS) program at the University of Toronto in which teams of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows lead job simulation projects mentored by industry professionals. Trainees investigate a business or policy...
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How the traditional conference format has been reimagined in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns.

One of the largest gatherings of scholars in the country will be moving online this year. Thousands of Congress 2021 attendees will not be flying or driving across Canada to the University of Alberta. Instead, they’ll be gathering virtually. It is a reminder of how the traditional conference fo...
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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...
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The initiative includes a ‘bootcamp’ in art marketing and sales skills.

A newly launched art collection aims to support graduating students and recent alumni of Concordia University’s faculty of fine arts as they launch their careers in the competitive commercial market, while simultaneously giving the general public an opportunity to buy or rent artworks. The Art...
Career Advice
BY ISABEAU IQBAL | February 13 2023

Responding to an inner call to explore a fresh facet of your professional identity means shedding some “shoulds.”

What do you do when you start to feel “meh” about your profession? I’m not talking about a desire to retire or change jobs, but rather about a niggling feeling that you may no longer want to pursue the work you’ve been doing for years, possibly decades. For me, that question started bubbl...
Career Advice
BY ISABEAU IQBAL | February 15 2023

Pour suivre sa voix intérieure et explorer une nouvelle facette de son identité professionnelle, il faut se débarrasser de certaines pensées directives.

Que fait-on quand on commence à manquer de motivation face à sa profession? Je ne fais pas référence à un désir de prendre sa retraite ou de changer d’emploi, mais à un sentiment qui s’installe où l’on n’a plus envie de poursuivre le même travail que l’on fait depuis des années, ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | April 04 2014
The virtual conference I'm co-hosting in May is coming together wonderfully. Continue reading and I are thrilled with the line-up of panellists and presenters. We've got 23 PhDs lined up to speak about their career journeys and prov...
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...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | October 17 2017

Bringing together individuals and institutions from across North America who are actively working to help smart, creative people move from graduate studies into meaningful work.

In 2011, I left higher education to pursue a non-academic career. I completed my PhD in 2009, and graduated into the heart of the great recession. The academic job market had collapsed, and many of us who were focused on preparing for faculty careers learned that there were simply not enough jobs fo...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | April 13 2018

By using the internet in an intentional way, you’ll be empowered to conduct an effective, less stressful job search.

This is a guest post by Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD. Heidi has owned and operated Continue reading since 2013. Dedicated to helping individuals and businesses succeed when the stakes are high, she delights in helping job seekers na...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | April 18 2019

“The traits and abilities which make medical science liaisons successful are the same that make a successful doctoral or postdoctoral scientist,” says the founder of Meristem Health.

Medical affairs is an exciting career field for PhDs, particularly for those with backgrounds in biological and medical sciences. This can include working as a medical science liaison (MSL). Over the past few months, Maren Wood and I have
Careers Café
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 “qid=1335801646&sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">do what you love and the money ...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | November 26 2012
The core of your PhD program is research and the production of a dissertation. Although you need much more than this to successfully transition into the next phase of your career, your research and dissertation should be a high priority for you. Whether you are...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | November 02 2015
It has been about five years since Careers Café started, and we’ve addressed a few before-and-after scenarios: how to explore career options and search for a job before you get one, and some tips for being in a job more happily once you’ve found work. So, why not talk about...