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Short articles, blogs and advice

Career Advice: Are you my mentor (University Affairs)
The academic job search: getting your foot in the door (University Affairs)
How to build a better PhD (Nature)
Some good and bad ideas for restructuring the PhD (University Affairs)
Canadian PhDs need employers to take notice of their skills – what conditions are necessary to do so? (The Bell Curve)
Planning for the job I want, not the job I have (Chronicle Vitae)
From student to bioscience entrepreneur (Biotechnology Focus)
How junior researchers can write effectively and simply (University Affairs)
How to win the 3 minute thesis (Dr. Inger Mewburn)

Other and Past Initiatives of the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training
  • Academic job search boot camp – more information to come
  • Career Half-Day for RI-MUHC Trainees
  • Money in the Bank Seminar Series: Financial experts help you manage your personal finances
  • Workshops and Seminars, including on scholarship and fellowship preparation, and career options for health researchers
Career development opportunities at McGill

The Skillsets program offers a series of workshops that aim to help graduate students and postdoctoral students in their career development. 

The McGill Career Planning Services (CaPS) offers workshops and one-on-one help to trainees, including help in creating effective CVs.

Networking organizations

Women in Bio is a professional development group for women in the biological sciences. This organization recently opened a Montreal chapter.

Emerging Health Leaders aims to develop a professional network for young people in health management. It welcomes interested graduate students and postdocs to its meetings.

Teaching and communication skills

Let's Talk Science promotes science education through mentorship, classroom presentations and other activities.

Brain Awareness Montreal and Immunology Montreal are organizations that do community outreach in the Montreal area.

Public Policy

The Science & Policy Exchange is an annual conference organized by McGill graduate students that explores the intersection between science and policy.

Online career development tools

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has developed an online tool to help trainees develop an individual development plan. This tool doesn't take long to use and helps trainees identify possible careers and develop strategies to attain career goals.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has an excellent guide for laboratory management for postdocs and new faculty.

Inside Higher Education and University Affairs have articles, blogs and other documents to advise trainees on their career development within or outside academia. The Black Hole is an excellent blog for early-career scientists in Canada.

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