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Learning and Learning: Career Week

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Some of us are incoming students, while others are entering their final year (yes!). One thing is common between us; we must start to seriously think about the lives we envision for ourselves outside of being a graduate student. I

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Go Beyond Output: Attending Academic Conference

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Attending an academic conference means more than just speaking in front of a group of audiences. Any form of (effective) communication involves the two-way interaction: give and take. And the effectiveness of such an interaction, in my eye, surprisingly depends

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Rubbing elbows in the Rockies

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We have talked a lot about networking over the years at Gradifying and to continue this week, I had a really interesting networking opportunity this past summer that I wanted to share. It didn’t involve Academia or anything work-related, and

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Planning for the summer (with the dust kicked off for 2016)

For our long time readers, some of you may remember the ever clever Atif, who blogged as part of the Gradifying team for several years and is now a real life, working member of the big bad world. Go Atif

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From Me to We: A Reflection on Research Collaborations

(To be read in David Attenborough or Morgan Freeman’s voice) Over the past 3 weeks, the Gradifying team has covered the development and maturation cycle of the graduate student in its natural environment. From undergrad to Master’s, Master’s to PhD,

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How to Choose a Supervisor Wisely

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This week I’m following up on Dustin’s post about (net)working smart, not hard, by reflecting on what it means to make a good or a bad choice on the core of your network: your supervisor. Last week Dustin used the

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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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Meaningful Networking: 140 characters (or less) at a time

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My previous post was intended to promote the Destination Kingston event hosted by the Science to Business Network (S2B) at Queen’s. The event turned out to be very well organized and well received by panelists and attendees, alike. The event

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A Conference Q&A: How Do Selection Committees Choose?

Today we’re closing out our conference series (apropos to my own conference, Engaging Boredom, having happened yesterday) with a Q&A about the application and selection process with Dr. David Murakami Wood (Sociology; Surveillance Studies Centre/Cultural Studies), Dr. James Miller (Religion/Cultural

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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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