Career development workshops



Job Search


Your resume and cover letter are your personal sales tools to market your qualifications to prospective employers.
 
  • 29 May
  • 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Job Search


Learn effective tips and strategies to excel in an interview and land your next job. We will cover interview preparation, common interview questions, and following up with your interviewers.
  • 12 June
  • 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams
How should you respond when offered a position? This clinic will teach you the various elements of a job offer, how to evaluate them, and most importantly, how to negotiate them.
 
  • 19 June
  • 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Personal Branding


According to LinkedIn, there are well over 360 million professionals on LinkedIn. How we build our professional network has changed. Hiring managers are also proactively using LinkedIn as a powerful recruitment tool. According to Jobvite.com, 94 % of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find talent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are highly recommended to have a computer for this workshop and make sure they have an account set up on LinkedIn.

 
  • 05 June
  • 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Skills Identification


What does it mean to be a leader? This seminar introduces you to the process of leadership and the vast array of skills needed to be a leader in a variety of contexts. We will cover the fundamental skills that will shape your leadership style, including emotional intelligence, team dynamics, negotiating, solving problems, motivating others, giving feedback and intercultural communication.

The workshop series covers different modules that span over seven sessions where you must commit approximately 3.5 hours per week. Activities include working through case studies, role-plays, group discussions, and self-reflection. Upon completion of this series, you will receive a certificate and a personal plan for your leadership development.
  • 05 July - 16 August
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams

Career Planning


In this workshop, you will learn how volunteering can improve your career prospects, help you develop skills and give you the satisfaction of contributing to your community.

Volunteering can help you gain relevant work experience, develop critical career skills and build a network that will assist you in your job search. Crucial to doing this successfully is the reflection and planning involved in selecting the right volunteer opportunity for you.

The facilitator will help you to consider your strategic objectives, learn to select the best opportunity or create your own project as well as learn tips on how to present your volunteer experience in your job search.

Volunteering can be a great career move no matter what your field of study; come find out why! For more information about Concordia’s Volunteer Resource Centre, visit concordia.ca/volunteer.

 
  • 07 June
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Build your personalized career path! This interactive workshop will introduce you to how knowing your unique personality and interests can help clarify your path to a fulfilling career. Feeling unsure of what you're passionate about? We'll also talk about ways to start learning about yourself and resources to help you along the way.
  • 31 January
  • 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Learn when and where to look for college (CEGEP) level teaching positions and how to create a curriculum vitae and cover letter. Find out what to expect during the interview process and what questions may be asked.
 
  • 14 March
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
Are you a social sciences, humanities, or fine arts graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who would be excited to do research outside of academia? Are you looking to develop meaningful research collaborations with a not-for-profit organization, municipality, or for-profit company for your thesis? Join Dr. Mathieu Aubin to learn more about Mitacs graduate research funding programs and how they can help you carve out exciting research opportunities outside of academia during your studies or as a postdoctoral fellow.
 
This workshop will present an overview of research internship opportunities, including exploring Mitacs’s Accelerate and Elevate programs, and how to secure an internship with an exciting organization. Participants will learn how to identify a potential research partner and develop strategies to approach an organization for a research partnership or internship.
  • 24 February
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online
PhD Career Connect is a career preparedness and training program with the objective of empowering PhD students to confidently pursue non-traditional career paths. The program occurs over a ten-week period and includes workshops centered on building a professional resume and LinkedIn profile, identifying your transferable skills and strengths, mastering job search and networking techniques and solving real-world problems through case study analysis. The workshops are designed and delivered in a strategic manner allowing you to build upon each week's lessons and culminate into a tangible career action plan at the end of the ten weeks.

Upon completion of the ten-week program, you will be invited to a two-day conference in June where you will have ample opportunity to network with employers, hear success stories from PhD Alumni, present your case study analysis to employers, and learn more about various non-traditional career opportunities.

Ultimately, you will come out of this ten-week training having learned about diverse career paths, gained new and meaningful connections with both employers and fellow colleagues, and feeling confident about the strengths and value you bring to the labor market.
  • 09 April - 18 June
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams

Entrepreneurship


If you’re looking to develop any kind of project, understanding how to talk and empathize with your audience is an essential ability. This session will provide you with the opportunity to practice asking good questions and harnessing your curiosity to bring the highest quality information to your interviews and conversations. Not only will it directly improve your decision-making abilities, but it also will help you form meaningful relationships and deeper understandings.

 

The entrepreneurial skill of interviews – both formal and informal – is key to many aspects of both start-up and professional life. By learning how to ask questions and truly listen for answers, you will learn how to extract powerful insights that can propel your ideas forward and bring them to life.

  • 01 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Are you a perfectionist? An over-thinker? Stickler for the details?

 

In this workshop, you will live through the uncomfortable experience of jumping into prototyping – an iterative process that takes ideas and makes them tangible for testing - without having all the information.

 

What can we gain from this practice? Join us to see what insights you can learn from immediately trying something out, so that you can move forward with a project and break out of the cycle of endless planning.

  • 15 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams

Do you have entrepreneurship on your mind? Come learn about entrepreneurial mindsets and approaches that can help you implement an entrepreneurship frame of mind to your work life, school life, and every day. Join us to discover what a problem-oriented approach is, how it saves you time, and how it will help you to build confidence in the projects and products that you develop.

 

This workshop is for you whether you’re just curious about entrepreneurship, or you already have an idea that you’re looking to launch into the world – come learn with us in the innovative space of District3!

  • 25 January
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Design Thinking is a method that helps people with any background become more effective at brainstorming and iterating quickly during projects. In this session, we will experience the steps and methods involved in Design Thinking and apply them right away within tight timeframes. Through practice and discussion, we will learn what it means to use Design Thinking, when it’s most effective, and how it can be used in your own projects.
 
  • 21 March
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
You have 30 seconds to pitch your most brilliant idea to a stranger. How do you introduce yourself? and what do you choose to say?

This workshop will help you tell your story and build an effective elevator pitch that captures the listener's attention and leaves them curious to know more about you and your idea.

You only get one chance to pitch your idea... Make it count!

 
  • 08 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Sir George Williams
Your resume and cover letter are your personal sales tools to market your qualifications to prospective employers.
 
  • 14 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
What will employers ask? How will you respond to those tough questions? It is important to know how to make the right impression! Learn what you need to know about interviewing and lower your anxiety by preparing well. You will also find out why employers screen candidates over the telephone and get tips on preparing for the telephone interview.
 
  • 21 February
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Want to learn how to connect with professionals in your industry to gain insight from their career path and experiences that will help you guide your job search? Whether you want some advice on the industry, company or position that you are targeting or are seeking to switch industries, informational interviews may be your answer.

Learn how to find people to connect with from inside and outside of your network, how to ask for a meeting and how to prepare effectively.
 
  • 12 April
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
Get valuable tips on how to build and optimize your LinkedIn profile and learn about essential LinkedIn etiquette to make a good impression.
 
  • 18 January
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
Learn about the basics of résumé writing including: résumé formats, content, and common mistakes. A brief Q&A will follow the presentation.
 
  • 16 January
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
Learn effective tips and strategies to excel in an interview and land your next job. We will cover interview preparation, common interview questions, and following up with your interviewers.
  • 08 February
  • 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Online
This clinic will address some of the steps needed to take in the career planning process, provide you with specific job search strategies and highlight effective networking tips.
 
  • 22 May
  • 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Sir George Williams
How should you respond when offered a position? This clinic will teach you the various elements of a job offer, how to evaluate them, and most importantly, how to negotiate them.
 
  • 13 March
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
Explore various strategies that will help you land your next job. Discover tools to research the job market, find companies of interest and get tips on how to conquer the visible and hidden market.
 
  • 21 March
  • 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online

Networking


Are you seeking to expand your professional network, develop a research partnership or land an internship? Join us to learn more about Mitacs graduate research funding programs and how they can help you carve out your career path.

This workshop will present an overview of the industrial research landscape in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Participants will learn how to identify a potential employer or research partner, and develop strategies to approach a company for an internship or partnership.

Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry and the world to create a more innovative Canada. Through unique research funding and training programs, Mitacs aims to support the development of the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills.

This workshop provides an overview of the Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, Step and Converge programs. It also outlines basic techniques for identifying and reaching out to industry partners.

 
  • 26 January
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
Want to learn how to connect with professionals in your industry to gain insight from their career path and experiences that will help you guide your job search? Whether you want some advice on the industry, company or position that you are targeting or are seeking to switch industries, informational interviews may be your answer.

Learn how to find people to connect with from inside and outside of your network, how to ask for a meeting and how to prepare effectively.
 
  • 12 April
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online
Get valuable tips on how to build and optimize your LinkedIn profile and learn about essential LinkedIn etiquette to make a good impression.
 
  • 18 January
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online

Personal Branding


What is an ePortfolio? Your ePortfolio is a personal website that holds in one place your academic and professional work.

Is ePortfolio different from CV? Absolutely! A CV ‘lists’ your achievements, while ePortfolio ‘shows’ your audience details of what you’ve done in an aesthetically pleasing way. Eportfolios are more memorable than text because you add photos and multimedia to show your work.

Why should I have an ePortfolio?
  • Eportfolios are becoming popular to complement traditional CVs and cover letters, and they allow you to:
  • Show off to future employers a full picture of your achievements and interests that is not possible in a CV.
  • Build your professional digital footprint. Future employers will search your name on the web, and finding your your eportfolio gives them a great first impression;
  • Make yourself “discoverable” in web searches by future employers and collaborators by adding keywords to your eportfolio.

This is a beginner's course so no previous WordPress knowledge is required.

The components of your ePortfolio will be completed incrementally every week. By the end of this 4-week course, your basic ePortfolio will have the following pages: About; Contact; Projects: multimedia works, etc; Optional pages: volunteering work, etc.


 
  • 27 January - 17 February
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online
According to LinkedIn, there are well over 360 million professionals on LinkedIn. How we build our professional network has changed. Hiring managers are also proactively using LinkedIn as a powerful recruitment tool. According to Jobvite.com, 94 % of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find talent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are highly recommended to have a computer for this workshop and make sure they have an account set up on LinkedIn.

 
  • 06 March
  • 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Online
What does it mean to be a leader? This seminar introduces you to the process of leadership and the vast array of skills needed to be a leader in a variety of contexts. We will cover the fundamental skills that will shape your leadership style, including emotional intelligence, team dynamics, negotiating, solving problems, motivating others, giving feedback and intercultural communication.

The workshop series covers different modules that span over seven sessions where you must commit approximately 3.5 hours per week. Activities include working through case studies, role-plays, group discussions, and self-reflection. Upon completion of this series, you will receive a certificate and a personal plan for your leadership development.
  • 09 February - 29 March
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams

This course is aimed at early to mid stage PhD and research-based MA students who are interested in exploring career options (academic and otherwise) in a supportive community. Over the course of four (4) weeks, students will undertake an introspective exploration to develop their self-awareness and explore what kind of professional pathways will be good fit for them. Students will be asked to consider their strengths, preferences, motivations, and acknowledge and articulate the transerrable skills they already have. 

 

Each class will include two (2) hours of in-class instruction as well as approximately one (1) hour of independent work. 

  • 19 October - 09 November
  • 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Sir George Williams