Monthly Archives: July 2010

Career Websites

Listed below (in no particular order) are a few career websites.  They contain opportunities for networking, employment, funding and links to other useful career websites.
  1. Search Engine for Jobs in Canada                                                                http://www.indeed.ca/ and http://www.eluta.ca/
  2. Careers in the Federal Public Service:                                                          http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/
  3. Career and Job Resource for Graduate Students:                                      http://www.phds.org/ and http://graduateschool.topuniversities.com/
  4. Research Funding from the Government of Canada:                             http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/
  5. Waterloo (Ontario) Region’s Technology Hub:  http://www.communitech.ca/en/
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Tech Recruitment

There is a technology recruitment event  on August 10, 2010 from 7 to 9 PM at the Teatro Conference and Event Centre in Milton, Ontario.  This event is geared towards tech professionals and highlights the strong technology community in the Waterloo region.  Admission is free and registration is available here.   Don’t forget to dress professionally and  bring some resumes and business cards.

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Associations

Associations are a way of connecting to people who share a common interest with you.  Often you can set up email alerts to receive exclusive job postings or invitations to social activities, share personal experiences, read newsletters and learn of upcoming seminars or conferences.   Some useful associations for graduate students are alumni groups, women’s groups and associations dedicated specifically to your research field.

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Volunteering

Volunteering introduces you to new people, ideas and activities.  Furthermore, having a strong service record on your CV puts you another step ahead of other potential candidates.  For example, last year I became involved with the University of Waterloo Graduate Student Associate (GSA).  The GSA governs many of the policies that affect graduate students such as child care, housing, tuition, salary, health care, supervisor conflicts, etc.   In my role as GSA departmental councillor, I have helped graduate students learn of all the services, opportunities and activities available to them and I have also organized many departmental socials such as an upcoming math music night.  Personally, being on the GSA has made me much more aware and appreciative of all that is involved in running a Graduate program.  I have meet a lot of passionate people who volunteer their time to improving the lives of graduate students.

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Panel Discussion

Yesterday I attended a panel discussion for female mathematicians.  The speakers were all female professionals with PhD degrees in mathematics, while the audience consisted of young female mathematicians in training.  The event was an unique way for the panelists to share their experiences as professional mathematicians and for the audience, this was an opportunity to ask questions about what a math degree means for their future.  The evening turned out to be very candid and intimate, and it was inspiring to watch current mathematicians share their words of wisdom to future generations.  The event was sponsored by the University of Waterloo Women in Math and Canadian Mathematical Society.

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Conferences

Conferences are great opportunities to network and meet people in your research field.   Do not be shy.  Introduce yourself to people you’d like to collaborate with.  Exchange business cards and keep in touch.

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