October is always a busy month for Grad Students here at Queen’s. Midterm season is approaching which means lots of e-mails from students, busy office hours and of course, exam and/or assignment marking. Grant season is gearing up so there’s also a push to get those manuscripts out and get to work on proposals and applications. And of course, the leaves are slowly becoming as beautiful as ever so everyone is rushing to get any outdoor fun in now before the snow arrives. Even though October promises to be a busy month, it’s always important to be thinking about our futures, and getting involved in or participating in things that might help us achieve success when looking for work. Lucky for us, October is filled with those opportunities. Sharday spoke about Career Planning and Grant Season last week and I wanted to highlight some of the sessions coming up on campus that are geared towards careers and planning an exit strategy, both associated with the upcoming Career week and not.
First and foremost, as you know from my previous posts, I love the Expanding Horizons seminar series, and they are offering some great career-oriented sessions this month. 10 Tips for effective grant applications is happening today Monday October 6, hosted by the Office of Research Services in Gordon Hall. In a couple of days, on Wednesday October 8th, Dr Sandra den Otter (History and SGS), & Dr Betsy Donald (Geography) will be hosting a session on CVs & cover letters for Academia. Click here if you want more information about timing and location of these seminars or if you want to register (registration is required). On Tuesday October 28th the Faculty/SGS will be hosting a TriCouncil Application Workshop Drop-In (for example for CGS grants). This drop-in session will not count towards your Expanding Horizons certificate but it will certainly be of interest to those applying for the relevant grants.
During Career Week (Oct 14th to 17th), there will be lots of great sessions, hosted by awesome people from both inside and outside of Queen’s. For example, if you want to know even more about CVs and coverletters you should check out “Winning CVs, resumes and cover letters” by Dr. Christine Fader, of Career Services right here at Queen’s. She has extensive experience assisting grad students with CVs and resumes and I am certain this will he a helpful talk to attend for anyone and everyone!
Another great talk that jumped out at me was “Social media and your 3D personal brand” by Alan Kearns, founder of CareerJoy and a leading authority on career management issues in Canada. Alan sounds like a very inspirational, motivational and encouraging speaker so this is another talk that surely should not be missed!
Finally, one of the neatest sessions looks like it might be “What do employers want? The public, private and non-profit sectors” hosted by a number of different employers including from Hotel Dieu, MOECC, HR, Mining, etc. This hands-on session will feature representatives from different employer groups including career consultants that can help you prepare to present yourself when looking for work.
For a complete list of Career week activities, including times, places, descriptions and presenter biographies check out the links on this page. For more information on careers in general, check out Gradifying in the coming weeks! If there’s a topic related to careers you’d like us to write about, let us know in the comments section below!