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PhD Career Connect

Student guide

Are you a Concordia PhD candidate who has completed their comprehensive exams, a postdoc, or recent graduate open to exploring diverse career options and eager to demonstrate your skills to employers? Then PhD Career Connect is the program for you!

Registration will open in mid-February 2024. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us or book an appointment.

What to expect

This isn’t your average career development workshop. You can expect to grow, be inspired and be surprised. After completing PhD Career Connect, you will know yourself better, have been exposed to new career possibilities and have made new professional connections, beyond your academic discipline. 

We do this in three stages:

  1. Career preparation: Through ten interactive workshops (two hours per week, over ten weeks) we’ll help you define your skills and prepare a compelling non-academic CV, LinkedIn profile and elevator pitch to demonstrate your career preparedness skills. We also help you align your interests to the job market and explore strategies for uncovering hidden opportunities. Last, we prepare you for a skills demonstration exercise with employers. You will be put in an interdisciplinary team to flex your analysis, teamwork and communication skills through case studies. Our goal in these ten weeks is to ensure you are ready to shine in front of the employers and mentors who you will meet in phase two of the program.
  2. Immersive event with employers and mentors: On June 12 and 13, 2024, we are inviting diverse employers and mentors on campus to meet you. The event includes PhD alumni sharing their stories, panel discussions about industry, government and higher education careers and lots of networking. To help showcase your doctoral skills, your inter-disciplinary team will give a presentation about a case study your team has analysed in the prior week.
  3. Personal action plan: One week later, we will meet for a final workshop to debrief your PhD Career Connect experience and create your personal career action plan.

Eligibility

Candidates must be:

  • Currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at Concordia University and in good academic standing, or a postdoctoral fellow or recent Concordia graduate of a PhD program as of fall 2023.
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