Monthly Archives: November 2012

CREATE Program

The “Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)” program is an initiative from the Canadian government to help develop professional skills in university students and postdoctoral fellows.  Grants are provided to researchers who include personal and professional skills in their work alongside traditional academic training.  The aim of CREATE is, upon graduation, students not only have the education but the necessary interpersonal skills to go along with their chosen careers.

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Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)

Founded in 1996, the PIMS network consists of research universities in Western Canada and the United States. Namely, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University, University of Victory and University of Washington. These universities, under PIMS, collaborate on research in mathematics, provide support to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, build international relationships, and create outreach and educational programs.

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A Brief Overview of Telephone Interviews

Often telephone interviews are the first step to gaining employment.  It is important to prepare for a telephone interview as if it were an in-person interview. Aside from the obvious prep work, such as researching the company and considering questions for the employer, it also includes dressing for the part during the actual time of the telephone call. Most people feel more confident in professional attire and this is carried through in their voice. As well, smile, acknowledge and nod “with your voice” as this conveys you are focused on what the interviewer is saying.

An advantage to phone interviews is that you can have “cheat” sheets in front of you.  These sheets could be your resume, cover letter, description of the position, information about the employer, etc. Be sure that the sound of shuffling paper is not heard in the background. Moreover, ensure that the telephone interview is being held in a quiet room with no noise and no distractions.

Lastly, have a pen and paper at the ready to write done any comments or questions that come to you during the call.

**Much of the above information was learned through attending career workshops at the University of Waterloo.**

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Trudeau Foundation

The Trudeau Foundation supports Canadians involved in the social sciences and humanities. In particular, it focuses on issues encompassing the following four themes:

  • human rights and dignity
  • responsible citizenship
  • Canada in the world, and
  • people and their natural environment.

Over the years, the foundation has developed a strong national community and continues to grow through their workshops, mentorships, annual public policy conference, and outreach programs. They also offer doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

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