Professional Development

Mitacs Step: Spring Workshops

January 05, 2017
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Want to gain some new professional skills this spring?

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years. The Step workshops aim to train grad students and postdocs in career-ready skills. These full one and two-day workshops are facilitated by professionals in the field and free to current grad students and postdocs. This term Mitacs is offering the following workshops at SFU:

Skills of Communication
Do you want to be a more effective communicator? Gain the insights and tools necessary to analyze your communication style, and develop the communication skills to drive change in your workplace. In this one-day workshop, you will learn to identify personal assumptions and mental models, and see how they influence communication. You will also explore how to navigate difficult conversations and communicate for team success. 

Practice Your Presentation Skills I 
Can you communicate your research in a way that inspires and captures the attention of your audience? Learn the art of persuasion, develop genuine and authentic presentation styles, and overcome your fear of public speaking. This workshop provides a positive environment for you to practice your presentation skills with immediate peer and expert feedback. 

Foundations of Project Management I 
In this two-day workshop, you will learn the best practices of successful project management, from inspiring a project team to meeting those crucial deadlines. These are the skills needed to take a project from beginning to end successfully. You will be given time to practice these skills in a supportive learning environment before transferring them to the workplace.

All grad students and postdocs can attend any Mitacs session, held anywhere in BC. Check the Mitacs website for additional offerings. 

As always, Mitacs sessions are at no cost but space is limited and seats go fast so sign up now! (The workshops are free if you show up, but you are charged $50 if you do not show up. See their registration information.)

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