Are you a masters, PhD, or postdoc looking to pursue a career in government? Attend this online question-and-answer session with Colin Spencer James of Employment and Social Development Canada. You’ll learn about what successful applicants look like, find out how individuals with advanced degrees can persuasively frame their academic experiences, and ask whatever burning questions you might have about securing government employment. In this series you'll receive advice from those in the know and will be better prepared to secure that dream job.
Colin Spencer James is a Director General in the Strategic Service and Policy Branch at Employment and Social Development Canada. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Carleton University. Mr. James has worked in Indigenous health and labour market policy, as Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health, on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, on intergovernmental affairs at the Privy Council Office, and lead the development of Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. He is currently focused on Corporate Planning and Management, with a particular focus on public reporting, performance measurement, human resources, financial management, and gender-based analysis. He has hired students and recent graduates through a variety mechanisms, including undergraduate and graduate-level co-op positions, the Federal Student Work Experience Program, Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, the Post-Secondary Recruitment program and through other advertised and non-advertised appointments.