Have you ever found yourself thinking that you need to start engaging in professional development activities, but feel so overwhelmed because you have no idea where to start? If this is you, I have the perfect resource for you.
I am an international student from Nigeria, and chose to apply to graduate studies at University of Waterloo because of my quest for innovation. My arrival at Waterloo came with mixed feelings: the joy of starting graduate studies and the sorrow of leaving my friends behind. But, I found a way out.
When I was invited to be one of two speakers in a recent GRADtalks evening on tipping points in complex systems, I was excited. I thought “great, I just did an academic conference presentation on basically the same topic – tipping point in the energy transition – I’ll be able to pull this together without distracting from my work or taking too much time.” Well, I was wrong about the time.
“A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usually a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.”
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Ana Carolina Esteves Dias
Summer schools are available around the world in many disciplines, with different time durations. Many of these offer funding opportunities for grad and undergrad students and provide a unique learning environment. This year, I chose to attend ALTER-Net summer school, a laboratory on what it means to be a scientist – personally and professionally.
Last year, a colleague told me that in my time as a graduate student, I had developed project management skills. I looked at this colleague like they had two heads. To me, project management was some foreign and ambiguous concept, something that only supervisors on construction sites do. They laughed and said; “Of course you have project management skills! What do you think you’re doing when you manage your research project for your thesis?”
A great way to get leadership experience as a grad student is to join a board of directors. In this post, I’ll share my experience as a director with the University of Waterloo’s Graduate Student Association (GSA).
I had many reservations upon entering grad school. One thing I feared most was becoming completely disconnected from the professional world outside of academia. ... That’s why I jumped on the opportunity to work as a research assistant on a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) funded community initiative centered on the effectiveness and transparency of Ontario’s Police Complaints System (PCS).
Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Andria Bianchi, runner up in University of Waterloo 3MT competition, 2017
In early 2017, a colleague encouraged me to sign up for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) at the University of Waterloo. I was told that the 3MT is a competition where graduate students present a memorized script about their research in three minutes or less to a non-specialist audience.
I started the Student Leadership Program, a series of twelve workshops led by the Student Success Office, during my undergraduate years with the motivation to improve my leadership skills and add an extra line on my resume. However, before finishing the program, I became a workshop facilitator.