Graduate & Postdoctoral Professional Skills (GPPS)

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gps-careerThe GPPS Career Pathways and Options workshops offer graduate students and postdoctoral fellows support and resources for exploring the versatile career options open to graduates, discovering and communicating their skills and expertise, and planning for the future. We offer training and support tailored to a variety of career paths: the professoriate, academic administration and staff, business, entrepreneurship, non-profits, and government.

Session Descriptions

Leveraging your STEM PhD outside of academia (for York PhD students and Postdocs)

Leveraging your STEM PhD outside of academia (For York PhD students and Postdocs only) Are you interested in a career outside of the academy? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the world of post-academic careers as a PhD? During this session, connect with professionals in science, technology, engineering and math professions (STEM) and learn more about hiring practices, employer expectations and how to leverage higher education while exploring available career opportunities.

During this panel, professionals will share examples of the range of opportunities available within their fields, the particularities of applying as a PhD and talk about how to translate the skills developed in academia to non-academic careers. The panel will be followed by an open forum where PhD students will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Host: The Career Centre & Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date:  Winter 2019

Leveraging your PhD outside of academia (for York PhD students and Postdocs in the Social Sciences & Humanities)

Leveraging your PhD outside of academia (For York PhD students and Postdocs only). Are you interested in a career outside of the academy? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the world of post-academic careers as a PhD? During this session, connect with professionals in areas such as government, think tanks, and non-academic research and learn more about hiring practices, employer expectations and how to leverage higher education while exploring available career opportunities.

During this panel, professionals will share examples of the range of opportunities available within their fields, the particularities of applying as a PhD and talk about how to translate the skills developed in academia to non-academic careers. The panel will be followed by an open forum where PhD students and postdocs will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Host: The Career Centre & Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date:  Winter 2019

gps-communicationThe GPPS Transferable Professional Skills workshops offer intensive or exploratory workshops on skills which are applicable within the academic world and its job market, but which are also highly desirable within the non-academic and alternative academic job markets. These workshops focus on skills which may be used to enhance your research but which may simultaneously enrich your work in other contexts and be emphasized with great results on a résumé as well as on a CV.

Session Descriptions

Eight-Step Editing: For Graduate Students & Postdocs

Eight-Step Editing provides participants with a practical and versatile “toolkit” to help improve the texts they write and/or edit. The techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more. Using a step-by-step process, the program identifies the most common factors in writing that become obstacles for readers. It not only helps you recognize the problems, it shows you quick and simple techniques for fixing them.

Eight-Step Editing combines theory with practice. Participants gain an understanding of the principles underlying each of the eight steps, and then apply those principles in exercises. Some of the exercises will be generic, on the assumption that if participants can apply a learning to other people’s writing, they can also apply it to their own.

Elizabeth d'Anjou (presenter) has over 20 years of experience as a freelance editor with a diverse clientèle, including textbook publishers, government ministries and nonprofit agencies. Her particular strengths include careful copy editing, translating jargon into accessible prose, and adjusting language level, including plain-language editing and consulting. A third-generation editor, she teaches copy editing for Ryerson University’s Publishing Programme and developed its new online grammar course. She is in demand as a presenter of communications workshops for corporate, government and nonprofit clients as well as for the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 4:30pm
Location: 519 KT
Please register for this workshop.

gps-managementThe GPPS Writing Success Workshops help you advance through the writing-based milestones of a graduate degree and the steps that come after, whether those steps lead to an academic book contract or a career outside of academia. Learn tricks and access supports as you work through dissertation roadblocks, and learn tips for research organization that will help you in completing your dissertation and other projects.

Session Descriptions

Eight-Step Editing: For Graduate Students & Postdocs

Eight-Step Editing provides participants with a practical and versatile “toolkit” to help improve the texts they write and/or edit. The techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more. Using a step-by-step process, the program identifies the most common factors in writing that become obstacles for readers. It not only helps you recognize the problems, it shows you quick and simple techniques for fixing them.

Eight-Step Editing combines theory with practice. Participants gain an understanding of the principles underlying each of the eight steps, and then apply those principles in exercises. Some of the exercises will be generic, on the assumption that if participants can apply a learning to other people’s writing, they can also apply it to their own.

Elizabeth d'Anjou (presenter) has over 20 years of experience as a freelance editor with a diverse clientèle, including textbook publishers, government ministries and nonprofit agencies. Her particular strengths include careful copy editing, translating jargon into accessible prose, and adjusting language level, including plain-language editing and consulting. A third-generation editor, she teaches copy editing for Ryerson University’s Publishing Programme and developed its new online grammar course. She is in demand as a presenter of communications workshops for corporate, government and nonprofit clients as well as for the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 4:30pm
Location: 519 KT
Please register for this workshop.

The Slow Student: tips and tricks for writing your dissertation in 15 minutes a day

This interactive workshop will help students in the social sciences and humanities develop a consistent writing habit.
Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date: October, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Writing Winning Proposals for Postdocs

Learn the secret of writing a compelling proposal that wins, whether that proposal is for funding for research or for a project outside the academic sphere. Proposal writing skills are highly applicable and necessary to a broad range of careers, and may be incorporated as a point of emphasis on either an academic CV or a non-academic résumé. This interactive workshop will get into the nuts and bolts of the main proposal types determined by  participants' interests: the research funding proposal, and the non-academic project proposal.

Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Date: Winter 2019
Location: TBA

gps-knowledgeThe GPPS Knowledge Transfer Strategies workshops help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop the skills and knowledge they need to perform effective research and analysis and to ensure that their research secures funding and has an impact, whether that’s through teaching, community engagement, scholarly or popular publication, or online. We offer resources and workshops on performing and managing research, applying for scholarships and fellowships, completing your major graduate degree requirements with the most success and the minimum level of stress, and translating your research to students, academic audiences, and the wider world.

Session Descriptions

Understanding and Negotiating Intellectual Property (IP)

What is intellectual property? Why is it important? What issues do you need to consider in protecting your intellectual property? How can you commercialize your intellectual property? As a graduate student or postdoc, do you have intellectual property rights? How are these rights determined within the university or when working in partnership with an outside organization or business? How do you negotiate intellectual property rights with supervisors? If you are looking for answers to any or all of these questions, this workshop can help.
Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies & Innovation York
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: TBD

Practise Your Conference Presentation Skills

Presentations at conferences can be exciting, and also anxiety provoking experiences, especially if you’ve never given a conference paper before. Don’t wait until you’re faced with giving a paper to an audience of the top scholars in your field! Come work out the jitters, and hone your presentation skills, by giving a sample ten-minute paper to a group of experienced (and friendly!) retired York faculty members. They’ll provide you with detailed feedback on how to perfect those essential conference presentation skills like volume, pace, body language, eye contact, and effective use of visual aids.

Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies & York University Retirees Association
Date:  November 21, 2018
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: 305 YL
Please register for this workshop.

Knowledge Mobilization Planning

Granting councils are asking more and more for research teams to present their KMb strategy. In this hands-on session, learn strategic elements, new and emerging planning tools and the critical components of KMb strategy development. With an objective of maximizing the impact of your research, the KMb Unit will share their work and understanding around ‘impact’ to help you plan, resource and implement a KMb strategy that is clear, comprehensive and effective.
Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies & the Knowledge Moblization Unit
Date:  TBD

Social Media in Research

This session will help people who want to start using social media tools without falling victim to ‘shiny object syndrome’. This hands-on session will focus on building an appropriate plan with steps to support its successful implementation. This session can be tailored to a class, small group, project team or department who have specific social media interests.
Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies & the Knowledge Moblization Unit
Date:  TBD

The GPPS Program overall aims to connect you with people, organizations and resources that will help you develop your professional plans and goals and strategically meet those goals. These workshops will help get you connected, as will this list of links, groups and resources on campus and beyond.

Complementary Mitacs Workshops

Mitacs training bridges the gap between university learning and career success through professional skills development. Mitacs workshops are open to graduate students and postdocs and cover one or more of the following competencies:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Communication & Relationship Building
  • Personal & Professional Management
  • Entrepreneurialism

Mitacs training registration information