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Professional Development Fundamentals: Curriculum Vitae vs. Résumé

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Some of us are preparing for the summer while others may be looking forward to finishing their graduate program. Nonetheless, the summer is a great time to apply for jobs because many companies and organizations offer excellent opportunities for personal

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Maximizing Your Potential at Academic Conferences: Abstracts, Posters, Presentations, and Networking

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Conference season is approaching! Attending academic conferences is probably the most useful and gratifying experiences of graduate school. However, the majority of graduate students may not be fully aware of all learning and professional development opportunities available to them by attending conferences.

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Maintaining Professionalism in an Environment of Unprofessionalism: Challenges and Opportunities

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There is no question that we have to interact, communicate, and collaborate with others in almost every activity of life. Amidst these activities, we often encounter individuals who appear difficult, or make us feel uncomfortable. It could be their personality,

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Starting off with a Bang: Suggestions for Beginning New Semesters

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Like me, do you experience a dramatic increase in stress regarding the number of assignments, courses, projects, and activities of a new semester? Do you find it difficult at the beginning of each new semester to adjust to the environment,

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Where do I start? Strategies for writing effectively

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Reading and writing are key components of life, curiosity, inquiry, and learning. Writing, in particular, is an important skill that is at the foundation of graduate student learning and professional life. However, writing is not easy; it is a lifelong

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Q&A with Tanya Tran of TEDxQueensU

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We’re so pleased to bring you a special Q & A with Tanya Tran, who is a licensee and Advisory Board Chair for TEDxQueensU. Tanya is also a current PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University. Lets hear more

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A Short Guide to Promoting Your Research

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I don’t need to convince you that research is at the heart of most graduate school programs. Not only for thesis-based programs, research is also an essential aspect of professional-degree programs in the form of research papers as course assignments.

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Overcoming the Challenges with Distance Learning

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Like me, many of you may be distance learning students; you are simultaneously working full-time and trying to complete a graduate degree that expands your knowledge and skills. Some of you may be on this educational journey to expand what

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On writing blocks and getting unstuck

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Have you ever experienced a writing block? Last February, I attended a special lecture by Visiting Professor Deborah Britzman. Professor Britzman holds the York Research Chair in Pedagogy and Psycho-Social Transformation. Her lecture was on a topic that is close

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On Craftsmanship as a Metaphor for Research

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How do you frame your scholarship? Do you have a metaphor for how you approach your thesis or dissertation? In her book Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics, Joli Jensen extols the benefits of craftsmanship as a metaphor or

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