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A Career in GIS

GIS is a system used to manipulate and visualize geographic data. There are many applications ranging from environmental protection to emergency response. It is an incredibly helpful tool that allows users to “picture” data and further analyze it.

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The Best Things I Did During My Graduate Studies

This will be my last blog post for CaPS (at least for now :), so I thought I would leave with a short list of the best things I did while completing my master’s and doctoral degrees at McGill.

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A Glimpse into Public Service: A Passion for the Environment- A Conversation with Juanita Baldwin, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

 I recently spoke with Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the regulatory agency charged with protecting the environment for the beautiful State of Texas. TCEQ’s mission at the state level is similar to the work performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the federal level. She shared with me helpful tips and strategies for job candidates who are searching for internships or full-time employment, as well as advice on what the TCEQ looks for in potential candidates.

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Making the Case for Multiple Mentors

Higher education necessitates academic mentorship. At the graduate level, it is often compulsory. But what about mentorship for those on non-academic career paths? As academic mentorship is a cornerstone of academic success, I propose that non-academic mentors are equally as important for career success outside of the academy. Given that less than 20% of PhD holders in Canada will find tenure-track positions (Conference Board of Canada, 2015), I think it’s time to mentor up. (more…)

Making Sure Your Resume Gets Read by a Human

 

Hi all,

I’m excited to be blogging with Career Services! I’ve always enjoyed writing, so this is an amazing opportunity. So as we start off,  a bit of background about me. I’m a U3 Geography major and Environment minor with a passion for the outdoors and ice cream. I’m hoping to be helpful by writing about career options.

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Happy Academic New Year!

September is my favorite time of year. It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer but the fall season also brings some of my favorite things – crisp autumn leaves, hoodie weather, football, savory pies… and a feeling of fresh beginnings fueled by a recently completed 7 year stint in graduate school.

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Feeling Like an Imposter? Don’t Let it Ruin Your Job Search

Imposter’s syndrome – that feeling that sooner or later, everyone around us will realize we are a fraud…that we’re not as good at this as everyone thinks…that we are not qualified and don’t belong here…

Many of us have experienced these thoughts and feelings at some point, with research identifying imposter’s syndrome in students, faculty, corporate employees, and management alike. Whether we are just embarking on our career path or stepping-up along the way, experiencing imposter’s syndrome can influence our decision-making process if we’re not careful. (more…)

Graduate life – Take the advantage of academic seminars

Resource: Vanderbilt University website

First of all, Happy Halloween! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful (although rainy) day of pumpkin spices, costumes and fun with friends. Today, I would also like to talk about how to make the most out of academic seminars.

I believe that each department has their own schedule of academic seminars and talks. Here I just use Department of Chemistry as an example. Each Tuesday afternoon, one invited speaker (usually professors) gives an 1-hour talk on their research. As everyone can imagine, the research themes cover the whole spectrum of chemistry – inorganic, synthetic, biological, medicinal, etc.

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Finding Your Dream Job

https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-questions-thatll-help-you-find-your-dream-career

When you’re talking to family and friends about your job prospects and what you hope to achieve someday, you often hear, “go after your dream” or “do whatever makes you happy.” If you’ve already figured out what you want to do, then that’s great! However, if you’re not sure what your dream job entails or what you want to do with your degree, hearing the same sentence over and over again can create the opposite effect and make you feel more self-conscious. Figuring out your dream job can be tricky but here are some useful tips to help you get there:

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What We Wished We Knew Before Getting a Summer Job

Going into university triggers a whole list of questions that students ask themselves – what am I going to do with my life? What are my desires, my goals, my wishes, my dislikes, my neutrals? Many of these long-term, big-picture questions suddenly become very real and tangible, so much so to the extent that the shorter-term questions get put aside. One of the experiences that I completely did not address until I really needed to was my post-first year summer. Although I ended up scoring an amazing internship at the Vancouver Pride Society, I am all too aware that I could have spent it unhappy working in a hot, Italian grocery store. To gauge how other individuals reflected on and approached their summer, I interviewed two friends to showcase their experiences. 

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