My post today will be kicking off our theme for the next month, which is focused on starting the semester off right! It will be relevant whether you are just starting your degree program or you are a grizzled vet. We have new writers joining the Gradifying team, so stay tuned for the drop of their sage wisdom in the next few weeks.
Expanding Horizons workshops are starting up tomorrow. If you missed what these are during orientation this week or back in 2015 when you started, let me refresh your memory. Expanding Horizonsoffersa resources and series of workshop to facilitate your academic and professional development. They are led by staff, faculty, and students, offering a range of perspectives and insight into the different topics. Furthermore, they are interactive, with opportunities for student discussions.
It begins tomorrow Friday, September 8th from 10:00 to 11:00 am with the Jump Start Your Career in Grad School workshop. It is never too early to start thinking about where you want your degree to take you. A common regret I hear from graduate students who are approaching the end of their degree is that they wished they began exploring career options early on. Thinking about your future career from day one allows you to be strategic in selecting opportunities during graduate school that will make you competitive for the type of job you want.
On Tuesday, September 19th is the Effective Communication with your Supervisor workshop. Does the thought of disagreeing with your supervisor, bringing up a concern about their style, or does asking for more support from them make you feel anxious? Well, you are not alone! Your working relationship with your supervisor is one of the best predictors of your success and happiness during your degree. Unfortunately, there is no EHarmony algorithm to maximize the matching process of student to supervisor. Your research interests may be similar but your expectations about the relationship may be quite different. Differing expectations aren’t necessarily an issue when both parties clearly communicate what the expectations for the relationship are going to be. The best way to maintain a positive working relationship with your supervisor (and all colleagues in the future for that matter) is through effective communication. EVERYONE SHOULD GO TO THIS.
On Thursday, September 21st is the Intercultural Training Certificate series. We all have biases and ways of communicating and participating that are shaped by the culture we were raised in and live in now. This work shop series will help you become aware of your own cultural lens and learn to embrace the differences we encounter as we work with people with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences. In order to receive this certificate you must complete 5 sessions over the course of the Fall semester.
Also on September 21st there is a workshop on applying for tri-council funding (SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR). Scholarships continue to become more competitive and sometimes our supervisors are not necessarily up to date on how to make your application stand out.
Queen’s SGS offers great opportunities for professional and academic development. Before the year becomes too busy, go check them out.