Sites We Like for Graduate Students

Career Exploration and Development

Explore the various possibilities your studies will create

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Professional Development

APEX CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The APEX Certificate program is a professional development program at SFU that is targeted at graduate students and aims to help identify careers that may be of interest, develop skills to help expand professional networks, build or improve your CV/Resume, and much more.

BOOKS ON WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The University of Toronto lists some great books for writing tips, whether for a thesis, a scientific paper, and even books on how to effectively critique your own writing.

GRADUATE WRITING KIT
The University of Ottawa provides invaluable advice on writing a literature review, a proposal, and a thesis. Information management tips for a research project can also be accessed.

HOW TO GET THE MENTORSHIP YOU WANT (PDF)
This PDF from the University of Michigan goes into detail about the type of mentorship that a graduate student may want, as well as questions you may want to ask your mentor. Very comprehensive.

MITACS
Mitacs is a non-profit research organization that supports students with great ideas through an accelerator program. This could be your calling if you've got some entrepreneurship in mind, or even if you think you have a great idea to share.

SFU OLC
SFU's very own blog resource has a number of tips on writing compellingly for a variety of audiences. There are also articles on the OLC that discuss how to effectively write an application for graduate school.

From CV to Resume

FROM CV TO RESUME
The Chronicle of Higher Education outlines some useful tips for using the experience you have gained building your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to your work search, which is resume based. There are also some important differences between the two explained in comprehensive detail.

NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER SEARCH (PDF)
A resource from Brock University, this PDF provides a lot of useful information about your career search. This includes identifying your skills, working in the private or not-for-profit sector, interview tips, and much more.

THE CV DOCTORS
This entry is separate from The Chronicle of Higher Education because it addresses the specialized marketing need of the graduate student -- the CV. Mary Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick offer advice for five CVs in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, education, and the sciences.

General Resources

PHINISHED
An online support community with four discussion forums covering thesis writing, the transition from finishing the degree to the world of work, and two forums for more casual, daily discussions. Links to articles and websites, organized into several categories for easy navigation.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
This resource from Charity Village lists many major private/professional associations within Canada. This could be useful if you are planning on working in a specific sector, and would like to know more about the field. Associations such as the Canadian Society for Life Science Research (CSLSR) are also listed.

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS
University Affairs provides a myriad of useful resources for students in higher education. Whether you're just starting out as an undergraduate, or are beginning on your master's, there is something here for a range of experiences.

 

Postings

ACADEMIC 360
Similar to the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Academic 360 lists positions available for graduate students at a range of institutions. Academic 360 also showcases opportunities available throughout the world. Additionally, you can search by faculty.

CAREER EDGE ORGANIZATION
Career Edge offers many great internship (some paid) opportunities at a variety of reputable organizations. You can get a good feel for the types of careers you might want to pursue, even if you aren't necessarily looking for an opportunity.

ELUTA
Eluta allows you to create advanced searches to narrow down your search in a specific location, among other parameters. Eluta is also part of Canada's 'Top 100 Employers' project. 

SENIOR WOMEN ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS OF CANADA (SWAAC)
This site lists faculty and administrative positions at various post-secondary institutions across Canada.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: CAREER NETWORK
This resource features academic as well as non-academic jobs, organized by area/discipline. Also included are articles on a variety of career-related topics, such as working outside of academia and transforming your C.V. into a resume.

 

Associations

Association of Canadian Community Colleges
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges provides information on Canadian colleges including contact information for members. There are also job listings under the "opportunity" category. The site features various programs, including bursaries, as well as policy reports and resources for Aboriginal students.

ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF CANADA
The AUCC represents over 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges. This site includes job opportunities across Canada for both academic and non-academic positions.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR GRADUATE STUDIES
This organization, which SFU is a member of, "promote[s] graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy." You can also find their papers in the 'publications' section.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY TEACHERS
The Canadian Association of University Teachers website allows you to search for opportunities at a variety of academic institutions, and also lists some important facts about working in the post-secondary environment. The site lists a calendar of events, publications, and also focuses on various issues in the classroom.



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