Professional Development

Mitacs Step: Upcoming Workshops

January 31, 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:

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. 

Communicating Your Research – Online workshop
You will learn the importance of communicating well and the three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis. Facilitated by Dr. Jenn Gardy, you will learn more about the latest tips and techniques to  make sure your next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.

This is an online workshop and the content can be accessed at any time during the workshop's start and end date, so you can work through it at your own pace. The estimated time needed to complete this workshop is one hour.

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.

Practical Tips for Growing Your Network – Online workshop
Get the knowledge you need to build your network! Building a strong personal and professional network may be one of the single most important things you can do for your career.  Learn how to plan, prepare, build and foster your network and watch opportunities unfold in front of you.

This is an online workshop and the content can be accessed at any time during the workshop's start and end date, so you can work through it at your own pace. The estimated time needed to complete this workshop is approximately 2–3 hours.

Writing Strategic Business Reports – Online workshops
In this workshop, you will learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that are tailored to their specific functions and audience. You will develop the understanding on different business styles and formats, proper grammar usage, and how you should write your reports according to your target audience. 

This is an online workshop and the content can be accessed at any time during the workshop's start and end date, so you can work through it at your own pace. The estimated time needed to complete this workshop is approximately 2–3 hours.

Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills 
Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on workshop is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding. 

  • Date: Monday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 11
  • Time: 9:00am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: SFU Burnaby campus, Blusson Hall 10011
  • Register and more info here

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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