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Career Week 2015 for Graduate Students & Post-Doctoral Fellows

Discover your career pathway

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Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies

Our second annual Graduate and Post-Doctoral Career Week took place from October 19 to 23, 2015 with workshops that provided practical tips, useful strategies and discipline-specific advice that graduate students and post-doctoral fellows can apply as they plan a career in the post-secondary, public, private, not-for-profit, health or industry sectors. Together with our campus partners the School of Graduate Studies hosted 12 workshops, with each boasting full attendance of 30 to 80 graduate student and post-doc participants. Last year's feedback indicated that more hands-on,  practical sessions were needs - we listened! Workshops covered a wide range of topics, from taking charge of your online profile, writing the optimal resumé or CV, presenting your skills to potential employers, to finessing your networking skills both online and in person. 

The capstone event of Career Week is a networking reception, held at the beautiful Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which enabled students and post-docs to put their newly honed networking skills to the test. Over 100 graduate students and post-docs mingled with community members from local organizations, businesses and alumni including Kingston's Mayor Bryan Paterson (MA, PhD, Queen’s Economics) who welcomed guests and shared career tips based on his own experience.

Career Week 2016 is already in planning! Stay tuned for updates. Until then, take a look at what was on offer in 2015:

Day/Time Event Links

Monday

10:00am -12:00pm

LinkedIn Strategy (Advanced) 

Presented by Julia Blackstock (Career Services)

Full descriptions and presenter bios

Monday

4:00pm-5:00pm

Look Better online: personal branding, a 3-step approach

Presented by Dr Sidneyeve Matrix (Film & Media)

Full descriptions and presenter bios
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Tuesday

10:00am-12:00pm

Preparing a Teaching Dossier

Presented by Dr Andy Leger (CTL)

Full descriptions and presenter bios

Tuesday

4:00pm-6:00pm

Career Planning: The Versatile Graduate

Presented by Christine Fader (Career Services)

Full descriptions and presenter bios
Day/Time Event Links

Wednesday

10:00am-11:00am

For staff by invitation - Coffee Drop In with Dr Anne Krook

 

Wednesday

12:00pm-1:00pm

For Faculty: Assisting your students in navigating the job market

Presented by Dr Anne Krook

 

Wednesday

1:30pm-5:30pm

The non-academic job search for graduate students and postdocs

Presented by Dr Anne Krook

Full descriptions and presenter bios
Day/Time Event Links

Thursday

10:00am - 12:00pm

Speaking to your strengths with an E-Portfolio: How to create an effective digital portfolio

Presented by: Dr Sandra den Otter, Dr Rebecca Huegler (SGS) and Selina Idlas (CTL)

Full descriptions and presenter bios

Thursday

1:00pm-3:00pm

Winning CVs, Resumes, Cover Letters

Presented by Christine Fader (Career Services)

Full descriptions and presenter bios
Day/Time Event Links

Friday

10:00am - 11:30am

Preparing for your Academic Career

Presented by - Dr Norma Moller (Sociology), Dr Laura Wells (Chemical Engineering), Dr Francesco Cellarosi (Maths & Stats)

Full descriptions and presenter bios

Friday

2:30pm-3:30pm

What Employers Want and the Employable You - concurrent sessions

  • Stem/Health Sciences

Presented by - Dr Emily Moore (Hatch), Dr Bruce Seet (Sanofi Pasteur/Science to Business Network), Dr Brian Knight (Roche/Science to Business Network), Dr Kelly Blair-Matuk (Office Vice Principal (Research))

Full descriptions and presenter bios

Friday

2:30pm-3:30pm

What Employers Want and the Employable You - concurrent sessions

  • Humanities/Social Sciences

Presented by - Dr Terrie Romano (Canadian Consulate in Germany - Economic Affairs - Ontario), Dr Mary Chaktsaris (Policy Analyst, Strategic Intiatives, COU), Dr Jessica Duffin Wolfe (Colour Story)

Full descriptions and presenter bios

Career Week in review