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From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 14 2017

Guest writer Jessica Hartshorn says conferences can, and should, be a place to add to your reputation and develop name recognition.

This is a guest post by Jessica Hartshorn, PhD, who works as forest health specialist at the Minnesota department of natural resources. Ah, academic conferences. The time has come for frantic presentation editing, hotel practice sessions, and department mixers! Conference...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/making-conferences-work-career/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 08 2017

Today, the civil service is lean, constantly under pressure to deliver high-quality results while keeping departmental budgets low.

This is a guest post from Andrew Miller, PhD, a strategic leader with the City of Mississauga. In 2016 the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario did a study and found that 51 percent of Ontario PhD holders who graduated in 2009 had positions in the post-secondary education sector. ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/phds-well-suited-working-government/
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://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/sales-great-career-path-phds/
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | March 26 2018

We think all PhD students would benefit from attending, and that includes individuals who are committed to securing an academic position after graduation.

Jennifer Polk and I are thrilled to present the 5th Annual Beyond the Professoriate conferenc...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/announcing-5th-annual-online-career-conference-phds/
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://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/addressing-the-academia-first-mentality-in-phd-programs/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 29 2020

If your job search is falling flat, try remembering a moment when you felt most energized or engaged – this will give you valuable insight into yourself.

When it comes to sorting out what you want to do next, you need to get past the “any job, anywhere” thinking. You need something more manageable, both for yourself and for anyone attempting to help you along the way. So you start to do the things folks like me suggest doing, including conducting...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/standout-moments-from-your-past-can-help-define-your-future/
Careers Café
BY NICOLA KOPER | October 03 2011
The Tri-council funding system, made up of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding councils, reminds me a bit of Fluffy. You know, https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/highs-and-lows-of-tri-council-funding/
Careers Café
BY NICOLA KOPER | September 24 2012
One of the best benefits of teaching graduate students is being given the opportunity to meet so many extraordinary people from all over the world. Our department is like many at Canadian research universities; typically, 25-50% of our graduate students are from outside of Canada. This provides a ri...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/welcoming-international-students/
Careers Café
BY UA/AU | April 23 2014
This is a guest post by Isaiah Hankel, author and consultant at Continue reading. Hard skills are dying. Think of how many hard skills have been outsourced or replaced by computer apps over the last 10 years – thousands. Remember when large compa...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/the-only-3-skills-graduate-students-need-to-learn/
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | June 02 2014

Removing some of your academic experiences from your resume may seem wrong, but Liz Koblyk says it will help you during the job search.

For a mere two to three pages of text, your cover letter and resume can cause a lot of heartbreak. This is especially the case if you are looking for your first non-academic job. Cutting down your CV, and condensing or even eliminating your academic experience in order to create a focused resume...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/cutting-down-your-resume-is-not-the-end-of-the-world/
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | May 02 2016

These lists are not useful because they are built around a tiny part of what makes you a good job candidate.

If careers were linear, the logical topic for this post might be “careers you can do...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/lose-the-list/
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://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/the-secret-cv/
Careers Café
BY ANDREA EIDINGER | July 16 2020

Self-reflections are another kind of metric, one that can create space for us to think carefully about our mission and mandates as teachers.

The end of the semester can engender a number of complicated feelings. Some of us feel relief at not having to answer quite so many emails, joy at finally being finished our grading, and grief over the fact that we will likely never see our students again. As in the case with transition periods, man...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/taking-stock-the-importance-of-teaching-self-reflections/
Careers Café
BY ANDREA EIDINGER | March 02 2021

How I adapted my regular course for a pandemic reality.

In June 2020, I wrote an article called Continue reading with recommendations on how to handle the transition to online education at the begin...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/pandemic-pedagogies-11-months-later/
Magazines
BY TARA SIEBARTH | September 06 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE

Continue reading

LETTERS

Continue reading

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Roy Pogorzelski has been ap...
https://universityaffairs.ca/magazine/issues/oct-17/
Magazines
BY TARA SIEBARTH | November 27 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE

The new era of EDI: Efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion are sweeping Canada’s campuses

LETTERS

Tragedy of the commons

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

The Univ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/magazine/issues/december-2019/
Magazines
BY TARA SIEBARTH | January 13 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE

How are you doing?: A bit tired, thanks. You?

LETTERS

Now is not the time for nagging

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Yann Arthur has been appointed coordinator of campus recre...
https://universityaffairs.ca/magazine/issues/jan-feb2021/
Multimedia
BY UA/AU | November 01 2016
Un Continue reading de l’Université de Sherbrooke a exploré les pistes qui s’offrent à eux après un doctorat. Partage d’une expérience de réalisation vidéo par et pour des étudiants gradués. « Nous avons découvert l’e...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/multimedia-archives/sortir-des-sentiers-battus-apres-un-doctorat/
Student Voices
BY DAVID KIM | March 03 2015

Find your passion and learn how to apply it to make positive change – these are the tasks for the 21st-century student.

We often lose sight of the bigger picture when we become too focused with a goal or an objective. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I have found from my personal experiences that I have had to remind myself to keep things in perspective. I mean two specific things that I remind myself...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/student-voices/lets-keep-things-in-perspective/