Professional Development

Mitacs Training Workshops: Spring 2018

December 15, 2017

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 Mitacs Training 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 are free to current grad students and postdocs.

This term, Mitacs is offering the following workshops at SFU:

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.

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. 

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. 

Managing Project Timelines

This online workshop is perfect for those that are nearing the end of the graduate degrees and are finding it hard to schedule in time to work on their thesis. The workshop is also a great overview of some of the modules that are taught in the popular Foundations of Project Management workshops.

The workshop runs for 2 weeks and can be accessed and completed at any time during the two-week window. We often find that participants complete the workshop in 20- to 30-minute blocks over the course of a few days so they can better manage their workload.

Career Professionalism

When working with others, we often forget the impressions and impact we have on those around us. From first impressions to making a lasting impression, this one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others.

Skills of Communication

This full-day session features the tools and tips of better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models. The goal is to make you more aware of the tools available to help you become a better communicator in both your work and personal lives. 

Essentials of Productive Teams 

This workshop will give you the tools to effectively lead and participate in team initiatives in order to quickly turn ideas into measurable results—a key skill sought by employers. By working on team-simulated exercises, you will benefit from real-time expert guidance and can then apply these skills directly to your career.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: UBC Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver   
  • Registration and more info here
Note - The March 23 workshop is cancelled.

All grad students and postdocs can attend any Mitacs session, held anywhere in BC. To find out about additional offerings, please visit the  Mitacs BC workshop website

Please note: While workshops are free to attend, there is a $50 no-show fee (if you register to attend and do not show up).

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