Pretty soon after orientation, we grad students have to start thinking much longer term–September and October are grant season for many of us and tomorrow (Sept. 30) is Queen’s Career Fair, which comes just ahead of Career Week (Oct. 14-17th).
This post is just a short one to make explicit some of the cycles of grad life and to familiarize you with some timely resources. We’ll be offering you more in depth on these topics throughout the month. (And remember, feel free to let us know what you need us to focus on. If you have a question about something to do with career planning and/or grant applications, you can be sure a number of others are wondering the same thing).
Deadlines vary. Be aware of the differences between external and internal due dates. If you’re looking ahead for postdoctoral work, the tri-council applications have already closed for this cycle, but there are some other opportunities, so talk to your program for advice. Every year, the SGS offers workshops to help finesse your funding proposals, as do many department and program seminar series. The most useful of these, in my experience, have been ones where successful exemplars have been shared with prospective applicants. Be sure to ask your department or program if it stores a bank of these. If not, you might consider approaching more senior members of your cohort directly.
Tomorrow is Queen’s biggest ever Career Fair, which merges the former Career Fair and the Further Education Expo to give students more opportunities to learn about future employment and education. It’s for all students, not just current grad students. It’s in the ARC (Athletics and Recreation Centre), Main Gym from 10am – 3pm. See here for everything you need to know. A few major draws: you can have a free professional photo taken for your LinkedIn profile; there are over 100 employers gathered; if you bring a copy of your resume, you can have it reviewed.
The Career Fair is a one-day event, but in the third week of October, directly after Thanksgiving, there are four days dedicated to helping graduate and postdoctoral students develop an exit strategy. Over these days, there will be nine workshops led by experts from Queen’s and elsewhere. They deal with topics including: using social media; entrepreneurship; identifying your skills; distinguishing the needs of private, public, and non-profit sectors; preparing for academic careers; the concept of graduate education as developing in us “public skills”; and application writing. The event closes with a networking reception, which, for those of you who find the idea of “networking” a bit icky still, takes place in the very civilized Ban Righ Fireside Room.
These are events coming up soon but Career Services (physically located in the third floor of Gordon Hall) is always running, year-round. Check them out at: careers.queensu.ca
Do you know about other employment and funding opportunities you think others should be aware of? Let us know in the comments section below, and look out for detailed posts on specific issues, initiatives, and events in employment and funding in the coming weeks on Gradifying.