The Non-Academic Job Search for Graduate Students and Postdocs

October 22, 2015 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Kaneff Tower
North York, ON M3J 2S5
Faculty of Graduate Studies

This session on the non-academic job search will be given by consultant Anne Krook.  Anne began her professional career as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she taught for seven years before moving to Seattle. After a stint in restaurant bartending, she joined During thirteen years at the company, she held various roles in US and international website development, program management, internal audit, and infrastructure. After that, she worked as VP of Operations at a startup, Mindbloom, and then as VP of Operations at Synapse, a product design engineering company in Seattle. In addition to her consulting work at universities, she serves on the board of directors of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.

In this three-part session, Anne will first review her own path through and out of academics and describe the lessons graduate students and postdocs can draw from it. She will then show how graduate students and postdocs can prepare themselves for the non-academic job market at the same time that they do their graduate work and what they must do. Finally, Anne will review the process and mechanics of entering the non-academic job market.  A template exercise will help students learn to identify and define their skillsets, and a blank template and a filled-out example will be provided to participants afterward.