Transferable Professional Skills

GPPS - Transferable Professional SkillsSession 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. Other exercises could be taken directly from materials provided by the client.

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 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
Dates: Fall 2017

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Project Management

Although collaborative project management is an increasingly core and critical skill in academic and non-academic careers alike, many people with graduate degrees have no explicit or formal preparation in managing collaborative projects, large or small. This one-day practical training session will explore some of the project management skills and tools that can help optimize work performance in a range of professional contexts. The workshop will introduce a standard approach to managing a project, as well as easy-to-use project management tools. Participants will be taken through a 10 step project planning process and receive hands on training in the use of Project Charter, Work Breakdown Structure, Resource Planning, Gantt Chart, and Risk Management tools.

Presenter: Laura Isabella has been with York University for over 7 years in the Talent Acquisition & Development department as the Talent Management Consultant. She is a seasoned corporate adult educator specializing in facilitation, project management, coaching, career planning and leadership development.

Host: Faculty of Graduate Studies & Talent Acquisition & Development
Dates: Spring 2018
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