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Make Group Work, Work

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Unlike many of the Master’s programs at Queen’s, my program, Urban and Regional Planning, is primarily course-based. We learn to apply our skills to “real-world context” which essentially boils down to lots of group work! This semester, my cohort has

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On Being Accommodated in Grad School: Realities of a Disabled TA

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My second term at Queen’s is already well underway, and yet I am still in the midst of learning how best to navigate the structures of graduate school. Recently, I have started my first TAship. Ever since considering the possibility

Posted in Accessibility, Jobs and Careers, New Students, Student Perspective, Teaching

The Professor Is In

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Last semester while panicking about all the grant applications I had to write, a friend recommended that I read Dr. Karen Kelsky’s book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job. I usually have

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Thinking outside of the box – What do we learn from our Ph.D training?

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Often as Ph.D students, we are expected to be trained to become a future professor: publish papers, get a postdoc, find an assistant professor job, and work our way up to tenure. However, life is usually not a straight line

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Goal-setting and Occupational Planning: Designing Your Ideal Career

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  Some of us feel comfortable going with the flow, not having a preconceived plan or a vision, and we can get lucky doing that. For instance, my undergraduate thesis supervisor had an interesting, non-linear career path. He did his

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Graduation and … Career!

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When I was in the second year of my master study, it was also my second year in Canada. During this time, I had realized that my lack of Canadian work experience would negatively impact my future job hunting (the

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Jumping into the big, bad working world … with both feet

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I am aiming to submit my thesis in a couple of months, and one of the things I never planned for was the big, bad job search – how much time job searching takes, the different methods to use, the

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The Bermuda Triangle of productivity; stress, motivation, and time management;

In this subtle metaphor, the plane is your productivity.

Reflections on February I have two conflicting goals around this time. Goal one: get through a pile of work. Goal two: Since February is (typically) cold, I want to wrap up in my bed like a little cinnamon bun and

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Living the Dream: Interview with Dr. Mosurinjohn, Who Made it to the Other Side of the Desk

Dr. Sharday Mosurinjohn, in the flesh.

This month we’ve been looking at opportunities that our grad students at Queen’s can access to help improve their skills to get them ready for their careers. We’re going to finish this month by talking to a Queen’s alumna –and

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Rubbing elbows in the Rockies

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We have talked a lot about networking over the years at Gradifying and to continue this week, I had a really interesting networking opportunity this past summer that I wanted to share. It didn’t involve Academia or anything work-related, and

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