Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Leadership Training and Career Support

Career Workshops

A variety of workshops on different topics such as: Individual Development Plan, Practice Your Presentation Skills, Managing Projects, Business Conduct Excellence, CVs versus Resumes, Interviewing practice, Structuring your Research Paper, Academic Job Search, Preparing for non-academic employment, etc. will be offered during the year. Stay tuned for registration details.

Research Day

Postdoctoral scholars at the University of Western Ontario are invited to participate in the first Postdoctoral Research Day, showcasing the breadth and depth of the research done by postdoctoral scholars at Western. This event will be held in November 2012. The Research Day was created by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to foster scientific interaction, interdepartmental collaboration, and garner greater exposure and recognition for the postdoctoral scholars' invaluable work.

Tax Session

Do you need information about your taxes? Are you confused about your tax status? In February of each year, experts will help you navigate the world of taxation. This seminar is open to all postdoctoral scholars and is intended to be a practical look at the nuts and bolts of income tax filing.

This session is offered in February each year.

Networking for Success

Networking as a postdoctoral scholar can present some unique challenges. Reaching the decision makers is tough. Effective networking is all about using the leverage. It’s whom you know, and who they know that will get you where you want to go. In this workshop, we will introduce networking strategies to use online, at conferences, and with potential employers.

This session is offered in February of each year.

Writing Conference

Writing a good research grant proposal is not easy. First time authors tend to struggle with how to get published. Our goal is to make it easy for you to learn how to get a book published, or improve your grant writing. Every June, we would welcome anyone who would like to meet with a number of professionals for a highly engaging session which presents technical writing, grant writing and how to get publish.

Beyond Academia: Creating a Life You Love

Many grad students are interested in pursuing non-academic job options, but aren't sure where to start. They feel excited about the prospect of finishing their thesis, but nervous about entering the job market. Added to this is the sense of shame and secrecy that sometimes comes along with deciding not to pursue a tenure-track position. In this workshop, students learn about the non-academic journey from someone who left academia and went on to create a successful career. Participants also complete specific exercises that help them zero in on their passion, find their purpose and begin living a life they love.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
University Community Centre (UCC) Rm 37
Facilitated by: Bethany Butzer, Ph.D.