Academic Careers

A successful academic career is the goal many graduate students have in mind as they build on their undergraduate student experience and begin to specialize in their field of expertise. Although academia can feel like an oasis that eliminates much of the uncertainty of the chaotic labour market, it presents many of the same challenges and pitfalls. In both cases, looking ahead to understand the labour market for your career goal, building your skills and experience to become a competitive candidate, developing your network of contacts, and learning how to conduct an effective job search are skills that maximize success. This section includes information and links covering:

  1. How to investigate academic careers and gain insights into the labour market for academics
  2. How to build experience and prepare for a careers in academia with attention to publication, teaching skills and other professional development pieces
  3. How to develop your professional network within academia in person and electronically, through conferences and associations
  4. How to conduct and effective job search including CVs, academic cover letters, interviews and references

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