Content advisor, presenter, project manager.
Facilitation; presentation skills; creativity; project
management; collaboration; writing.
Innovation by Research and Education (FIBRE) network is the hub network that
builds support and collaboration among eight NSERC-funded R&D networks
working to innovate and improve employment opportunities in Canada’s forest
As part of its annual conference, FIBRE
hosts a day-long workshop to help students develop the skills needed for the narrow
job market for post-graduates in the forest sector. Content and format vary
- Develop content that answers the questions: "Where are the jobs, and how do I get one?"
- Help students
- prepare for job-hunting before they apply;
- learn what skills industry is looking for and what types of positions are available;
- bring out the best in themselves, their CVs, presentations and interviews.
- Finding local speakers (to keep costs down);
- Tracking overlaps/omissions caused by dividing responsibility for content and logistics.
- Developed the agenda in response to the students' perceived challenges;
- Prepared a list of pre-workshop reading for students to familiarize them with terms such as emotional intelligence;
- Brought in
- eight professionals who use post-graduate degrees in biochemistry in their careers. Among them: knowledge broker, patent agent, academic, entrepreneur, industry researchers and managers;
- four recent graduates to tell how they conquered the job market;
- speakers on professional networking (in person and on LinkedIn) and academic presentations;
- Arranged for the students to meet the professionals in small groups, "speed-dating" style to ask questions and start building networks;
- Developed a presentation on plain language to help students better express their academic posters and elevator pitches;
- Organized one-on-one sessions with the students to discuss anything related to finding jobs.
Impact / Benefit
- 110+ participants: up from the year before.
- Excellent informal feedback.
- Personal notes of thanks received after the one-on-one sessions.