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  • 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
  • Tips on how to ace your next interview
    Posted on May 23, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    A good interview is a two-way exchange of information. Not only are you showcasing your best skills and strengths for the role, but you are equally getting to know if you like the employer and manager. Today’s post shares tips on how to improve your interview skills, a summary of our workshop with Graduate Career Advisor, Bob Menard. Read more
  • Tips for Designing an Effective Academic Poster
    Posted on April 25, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    If you are doing research, there is a very good chance that at some point in graduate school, you will need to develop an academic poster. A poster exhibition event is a popular communication method used in academia. It allows you to visually communicate your work to a wide audience, ranging from specialists in your field to the general public. We’re here to share with you some trusty tips to keep in mind when you let your creativity meet your research, and design your academic poster. Read more
  • Increase Your Professional Exposure on LinkedIn
    Posted on April 8, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    LinkedIn has become a widely-used platform for representing your professional experiences and a way to network within your respective field. it is important to note that of the various sections of your LinkedIn profile that are part of the platform’s search algorithm, there are four that you should put most consideration into, for a professional advantage. Paying extra attention to these four sections of your LinkedIn profile can help you increase your professional exposure and be seen by the right people. Read more
  • What it’s like to be a part of the GradProSkills Team
    Posted on March 28, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    In an interview with Chukwuka Okafor, GradProSkills Workshop Assistant and Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Chukwuka shares his experience as a graduate employee in the GradProSkills Team. Find out what skills he developed in taking on such a role, and why you might want to join next years’ team. We are recruiting our 2019/20 team between March 27 and April 15, 2019. Read more
  • Tools to Kick Start Your Job Search
    Posted on March 14, 2019 | By GradProSkills    
    As grad students, a lot of emphasis is put on developing our research skills and the competencies that come with it: academic writing and synthesizing academic information. We forget to develop the skills needed for the job search process that comes after our studies. In our recent workshop with Kristel Kabigting, Career Advisor with Concordia’s Career and Planning Services (CAPS), she shared with us a few must-know job search strategies. Read more
  • A Quick Introduction to Scientific Writing
    Posted on February 27, 2019 | By Tuğba Nur Öztürk    
    I was trained as a physicist: the kind that does experiments in the lab and is often expected to be there on the weekends and always be in a state of hard work. But as I gained more experience in grad school and met more graduate students and professors at Concordia, it became clearer to me that there is much more to being a successful scientist. Looking to my personal scientist heroes and heroines, I noticed two characteristics they possess in common: they keep up-to-date with their field of study and have good oral and written communications skills. My undergraduate training failed to emphasize these skills enough, which is why I am stressing the importance of developing these in grad school. Read more
  • Dear Grad Students: Be Mindful and Meditate!
    Posted on February 12, 2019 | By Omar Lucas and Zikuo Zhao    
    Have you ever felt the stress of pursuing a graduate degree? Ever felt the pressures of maintaining a balanced academic and personal life? These worries are normal. Know that you’re not alone. We’re here to share some tips on how to relieve some Grad School stressors through meditation. Read more
  • What is R? The data analysis tool you must learn
    Posted on January 30, 2019 | By Tuğba Nur Öztürk    
    If your research involves manipulating data sets than you may have heard your peers talking about “R”. This free programming language is robust, easy-to-learn and versatile. Just like everyone else, your time is precious. While learning a new tool requires time, it can be a fun and valuable learning experience if you know that it will look great on your CV, help you work faster, and produce more interesting results. Learn about the research capabilities of R to decide if it’s worth your time or not. Read more
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