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Jumping into the big, bad working world … with both feet

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I am aiming to submit my thesis in a couple of months, and one of the things I never planned for was the big, bad job search – how much time job searching takes, the different methods to use, the

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2 Tips on Nurturing “Baby” — Dissertation Boot Camp Reflections

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In last week’s post, Dustin offered some useful suggestions for PhD students with a baby (or babies!) to raise. While this week, I would like to start with baby in its metaphoric sense. Every Master and PhD student has a

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The Anxiety of Group Discussion

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  Turning to your neighbors, responding to questions, discussing concepts or difficulties in readings and then voicing your ideas in front of the whole class seem to be a usual scenario for university students doing their coursework. This kind of

Posted in General, Student Perspective

The Bermuda Triangle of productivity; stress, motivation, and time management;

In this subtle metaphor, the plane is your productivity.

Reflections on February I have two conflicting goals around this time. I have a lot of work to do but do not really feel like doing it, which leaves me feeling woefully behind. February is (typically) cold and I want

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Pieces, Pieces, Pieces of me

The title of this blog is not only a catchy Ashlee Simpson song (remember her??!), it is also a phrase that applies in too many ways to life as a graduate student, particularly when it comes to time and project

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Waging a war on FINE

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I came to a startling and dark realization during a recent conversation with a friend whose schedule was the most jam packed of any person I knew. I asked her how she was doing. She was listing the unfathomable amount

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Happy New Year – You’ve only got 3 minutes to save the world!

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So maybe not save the world…but how about explaining your thesis? Could you do that in just three minutes? Well, now you have the opportunity to do so. Queen’s Three Minute thesis (3MT) competition is back this year. Queen’s 3MT

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Make Your Next Watching List: Three Handpicked Movies

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Searching for a GREAT STORY? Wanting to experience a VISUAL FEAST? Thinking about taking a BREAK from the school work? Time for a movie treat! With numerous movies being shown in the cinema, I selected three of them that I had

Posted in Events, General, Holidays, Staying Well, Student Perspective

“How Can You Find a Job with a Degree in Cultural Studies?” — A Personal Reflection on the Career Path of Grad Students in Humanities

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I have been frequently in the situations that people asked me “What kind of job are you looking for after graduation?”. That question was out of enough courtesy, because more often it could be “How can you find a job

Posted in Professional Development, Student Perspective

Building Career Opportunities: Carving Something Out of Nothing

Make your own career cavern.

Here at Gradifying we’ve been writing about preparing for a career from a number of different angles. We’ve covered Career Week that took place in mid-October, Amanda wrote on timing your job search; and Vanessa on how to choose your

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