New site aids grad students in leap into work

Often too busy at work in labs, lecture halls and libraries to plot their career paths, graduate students now have a unique set of online training resources to help them make the leap into the work world and to succeed in any career.

Recognizing the unique experiences of graduate students, Western, along with other Ontario universities, has come together with the help of funding from the Ontario government to develop mygradskills.ca, a set of free online professional skills training tools that will help grad students find their future.

MyGradSkills.ca, developed by the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills, is available to any Ontario graduate student. Using their university email account, students can log in to view 18 short, self-paced training units on topics such as how to write a resume, how to conduct a job search, the art of entrepreneurship, teaching and learning, and academic and professional communications.

The online professional development will benefit those who are interested in a career in academia, as well as those seeking to put their credentials to use in business, government or non-profit organizations.

The seven universities are part of the consortium – McMaster, Queen’s, Guelph, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo and Western.