Responding to attitudes of academic entitlement – what grad students can do

We’ve all heard it. “I deserve a better grade than that.” “I tried hard and my mark doesn’t reflect how hard I tried.” And the especially common in Biology “I am applying to medical school and I got an 87%.

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Addressy Occasions: On Greetings and Titles in Email

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Happy end-of-classes to those of our readership who are teachers, students, and both at the same time! As you know, we always take a couple of weeks off around the Winter holidays each year, so look forward to another post

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Managing RAs: Helping Them Help You

They're in your hands now.

At Gradifying we try to reach everyone on our topics. This month there have been different variations on the theme of the supervisor-supervisee relationship and congeniality, and how to hone it so that it works for you. I’m going to

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Meeting of the Minds: 5 tips for productive meetings with your supervisor

Student-supervisor meetings can take on many different formats. My personal favourite (in theory) is the peripatetic meeting, implemented by Dr. Ian Janssen in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Although I’ve never been on a walk, I think the

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Networking in (un)expected places

During my time with Gradifying, we have touched on the subject of networking on many occasions, and offered lots of perspectives including: conference networking, networking with grad alumni and so many more.  A couple of weeks ago, Dustin highlighted networking

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How to Choose a Supervisor Wisely

The stars represent the universe of knowledge. It's a visual metaphor.

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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Career Week Session Recap: E-Portfolios

Another Career Week has come and gone, (hopefully) leaving in its wake the momentum, motivation, and networking connections necessary for future employment/career pursuits. I had the opportunity to check out the “Speaking to your Strength with an e-Portfolio – How

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It’s all about the skills….’bout the skills, ‘bout the skills

This week I attended what might have been the most helpful workshop I have ever attended. I signed up for this workshop because like many other graduate students, I don’t want to stay in academia. I really needed help. Where

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Career week begins!

Today marks the start of the second annual Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Career Week hosted by the School of Graduate Studies. This week-long event will focus on strategies for career success both in academia and beyond. And that part, the

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