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Survival Skills for Scientists & Engineers

Survival Skills for Scientists

Are you a masters or PhD student studying in science, technology, engineering, math or medicine?  It can be daunting to think of the myriad of opportunities that await you after you graduate. Sure, you could pursue a career in academia; however, you may be curious about the incredible number of other options available to graduate student in the sciences. Fortunately, no matter where you want to go, there is high-demand for individuals who can apply scientific methods and logic to solve problems and analyze complex data.  

This one-day event explores the variety of careers that are available to you in academia, industry, government, and the non-profit sectors. Though a series of workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, participants explore how to uncover job opportunities, communicate their research, and translate their grad school skills to the working-world.

The event is open to graduate students from INRS, McGill University (SKILLSETS) and Concordia University (GradProSkills). In addition to meeting other students from these universities, participants will be able to network with alumni mentors and members of the Montreal talent recruitment community, who will share their career experience and knowledge of the job market.

Survival Skills for Scientists is inspired by the book of the same name, written by Dr. Federico Rosei of Institut National de la Recherché Scientifique (INRS).

The next Survival Skills for Scientists is taking place at Concordia University on Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Registration will open on March 29, 2019.

  • Concordia students must register for GradProSkills workshop GPCB665.  
  • McGill and INRS students must register with McGill SKILLSETS

For more information contact us.


Agenda (subject to change)




Navigating the Montreal job market for STEM graduates


Discover your career options panel discussion




1. LinkedIn for beginners
2. Venture beyond academia to go from research to industry
3. Crafting a winning elevator pitch
4. Interview preparation




1. Preparing a non-academic resume
2. Translating your university skills to the workplace
3. Getting your research published
4. IIndividual development plan




1. From scholarly research to crafting an op-ed
2. Finding an internship
3. Constructing an effective research pitch
4. To be confirmed


Networking essentials


Speed networking reception hosted by Dean Paula Wood Adams

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