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NetWork Smart, Not Hard

How will you roll into your career?

“Jump in on the conversation.” “Have an opening ready.” “Develop your elevator speech.” “GET OUT THERE!!” I think these are good tips. Graduate students are one leap away from being in the career they decided to invest heavy doses of

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The Day Tripper

Post 15-Pic, Day trip

We’re at T minus pretty-soon before things are going to get hectic with coursework, research, TA responsibilities, lab duties, clinical work, grant writing, … *deep breath*. The time for a vacation has past, but that doesn’t mean the time for

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TA’ing: Unspoken Skills

I’m not going to echo my colleagues who have lost hope that the summer is going to last forever. I know there are at least some of you that believe, like me, that this is the first never-ending summer. I

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Mixed Media: Connect with Queen’s

Getting your daily dose of social media.

Among the most important aspects that determine your employability are your skills and your ability to convey those skills to potential employers. This month at Gradifying we have been writing about ways of reaching out into your community to connect

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Academic Pedal to the Metal … 5 Minutes at a Time

If we agree that the summer “break” started on April 25th (I just made that date up) and that class begins again on Sept. 14th (I didn’t make that up), then we are now 40.85% the way through the summer.

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Summer Fun Havin’

The summer I'm looking for.

The flowers are growing and leaves on the trees are no longer in their infancy, they’re teen-aged period of their life now.  The waft of warm air gets me thinking about new and more fun ways to put off those

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The Conference Games

We’ve been on the theme of one of the more fun parts of being a graduate student, conference-going, and we’ve been talking about using it as an opportunity for career development. Some of you out there can relate to competition,

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The Great Divide: Work-Life Balance

This is how I made most of my decisions until I was about 24.

It’s all the rage. Workplaces are saying they want it and applicants are saying they’ve got it. Here at Gradifying we’ve dedicated this month we’ve dedicated some discussion to this highly topical issue of work-life balance. In this post, we’ll

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How to Tell if They’re Faking it: The Underbelly of Publishing

A desperate researcher's great temptation.

Here at Gradifying, we have been discussing the topic of academic publishing for the last three weeks. If you’ve engaged in the publication process, you’ve likely struggled with each of the issues that we’ve discussed: figuring out how to think

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A Really Long Short Year

Anything on your list?

I’m quite a fan of how 2014 rolled out for me. If there is fate, and fate is a person (or god, or alien, depending on which novels you have read more of), then fate would’ve nudged his/her/its buddy and

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Grad Community at Queen's
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