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GPCB665 - Survival Skills for Scientists and Engineers

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.

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Learning Objectives

By participating in this seminar, students will:
1. Explore career options for graduate students in science and engineering fields.
2. Network with scientists, students and professionals from McGill, INRS, Concordia and industry
3. Receive job search advice related to academic and non-academic careers.
4. Discuss strategies for communicating their research and skills.

Leaders Information

This workshop is being led by a variety of presenters from McGill University, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and Concordia University.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.

Event schedule (draft)




10:00-10:30 Navigating the Montreal Job Market for STEM Graduates 
10:30-12:00 Discover your Career Options Panel Discussion 
12:00-12:45 Lunch

Concurrent sessions:

  1. LinkedIn for beginners
  2. Venture beyond academia to go from research to industry
  3. Crafting a winning elevator pitch
  4. Interview preparation
1:45-2:00 Break

Concurrent sessions:

  1. Preparing a non-academic CV
  2. Translating your university skills to the workplace
  3. Getting your research published
  4. Individual development plan
3:00-3:15 Break

Concurrent sessions:

  1. From scholarly research to crafting an op-ed
  2. Finding an internship
  3. Constructing an effective research pitch
  4. To be confirmed
4:15-5:00 Networking essentials
5:00-6:30 Networking cocktail with alumni mentors
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