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  • Demystifying Writer’s Block
    Posted on November 21, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    You sit in front of your computer screen and try hard to write something but nothing comes to mind. This is the infamous “writer’s block” episode. This is not a disease but simply a temporary state of “not being prepared to move on to the next level”. Here are 6 strategies to deal with writer’s block and unleash your creative writing in grad school. Read more
  • Overcome the Writing Challenges in Grad School
    Posted on November 6, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    Graduate students face one of the most challenging times of their studies when it comes to writing their thesis or major research paper. This post proposes strategies to overcome challenges with writing your thesis, a paper or a grant application. Read more
  • Stretching and Breathing for a Healthy Grad Life
    Posted on October 23, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    Do you spend a great part of your time judging yourself? Do you have that little voice inside your head saying that you are not good enough to be in grad school? Are you scared to fail? Most of our anxieties and stressors are created by our own mind and how we perceive ourselves in our environment. Here find out how Yoga can help to build your resilience, self-esteem and keep you focused to finish your degree. Read more
  • Overcoming Conflict in Grad School
    Posted on October 9, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    The Office of Rights and Responsibilities, the guardians of our Code of Rights and Responsibilities, exists to support the Concordia community with conflict prevention and resolution. They offer impartial and confidential consultation and resources to help resolve conflict, as well as promote equity, respect and diversity. Read more
  • What is Marketing?
    Posted on September 26, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    Whether you plan to work in a company or create your own company, it's useful to understand what is marketing. We often think of marketing in terms of selling a product or service to a buyer, but the real definition of marketing is much deeper. Here you find how to think about clients in a strategic way, and build stronger relationships. Read more
  • Budgeting to a balanced lifestyle
    Posted on September 11, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    A personal budget is a useful tool for life, not just when you are a student. A recent study shows that money is a top source of stress, and prolonged periods of stress can affect your physical and mental health. Achieving a healthy financial situation is at everyone’s reach, regardless of their income level. Budgeting not only helps you plan your expenses but can even help you build some savings. Read more
  • Breaking Isolation in Graduate School
    Posted on August 22, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    At the level of graduate studies, it is normal to feel alone and isolated from time to time. This feeling is partly due to the shift in circumstances from what we were used to as undergraduates. Multiple factors play a role in contributing to the feeling of isolation. The recommended solution on how to prevent this feeling of isolation is to build your social network! The key is to continue to build it as you prepare to move from one semester to the next. Here are 3 suggestions on how to break isolation that will help you not feel so alone throughout your graduate studies. Read more
  • Tips to work more effectively with machine translation
    Posted on August 14, 2019 | By Lynne Bowker, Amy Ruskin and Maria Kalsatos    
    Machine translation or MT systems have become increasingly easy to use and more well-integrated into other applications. Thinking about whether, when, why, and how to use MT are part of what we term “MT literacy”. It basically comes down to being an informed and critical user of this technology, rather than being someone who just copies, pastes and clicks. Here are some things that you should know about using free online MT systems. Read more
  • Mistakes to avoid during a job application process
    Posted on June 13, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    Every year, GradProSkills hires a team of graduate student employees. We look for applicants that meet the position requirements and demonstrate an appreciation of our program goals. However, meeting the requirements listed in the job posting, does not necessarily mean you will get the interview. Following the application process and properly communicating your skills in your submission are critical to demonstrating you are a candidate worthy of serious consideration. This blog highlights some pitfalls to avoid in your job application. Read more
  • Improving your French language skills on and off campus
    Posted on June 6, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    With summer in full swing, we tend to explore Montreal a lot more, and in doing so, surround ourselves with more French. Embrace it! Spend some of your free time this summer working to improve your French conversation skills with the following resources available to you both on and off campus. Read more
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