PhD Career Development Workshops and Events

From March to August 2017, the Vice-Dean, Graduate and the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) are pleased to offer a series of workshops and events to support engineering PhD students and post-docs with career aspirations beyond academia. These workshops will be thought-provoking, fun and tailored specifically to PhDs and post-docs at U of T Engineering looking to ease their transition into the workplace.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Date/TimeRoomTitleFacilitatorRegister
Thurs, March 30, 2-5 pmGB202Who You Are Matters: A Career Clarification GameMark Franklin, Practice Leader, Career Cycles & APS1030 Instructor, ILead
Tues, May 2, 4-6 pmSF1105How Not to Fail in the Workplace: Putting Your PhD to Work to Create ValueModerator: Doug Reeve
Panelists (see below)
Registration now open
Tues, May 9, 1-3 pmSF3202LinkedIn Success:  The Power of Social InfluenceShelly Elsliger, LinkedIn Trainer, Coach & Founder Linked-ExpressRegistration now open
Tues, June 13, 4-6 pmSF1105The Integrated Person: Expert, Leader, Business PersonDavid Colcleugh, Faculty Leadership Development Professor, ILead & Former CEO, Dupont Canada
PART 1: Thurs, June 22, 3-5 pmBA3008PART 1 of 2:
Putting Your Graduate Training to Work: Alumni Insights on Transferable Skills for the Non-academic Workplace
Lydia Wilkinson, Lecturer, Engineering Communications ProgramYou must register for PARTS 1 and 2
PART 2: Fri, July 14, 1-4 pmBA1240PART 2 of 2:
Putting Your Graduate Training to Work: Alumni Insights on Transferable Skills for the Non-academic Workplace
Lydia Wilkinson, Lecturer, Engineering Communications ProgramYou must register for PARTS 1 and 2
Tues, August 8, 3-5 pmGB202Professional NetworkingILead

 

Who You Are Matters: A Career Clarification Game

Thursday March 30 | 2 – 5 pm | GB202

Facilitator: Mark Franklin, Practice Leader, Career Cycles & APS1030 Instructor, ILead

This highly interactive group discovery experience sparks meaningful conversation and helps participants connect the dots in their professional and personal lives. By playing a fun and social game with other like-minded PhD students and post-docs, participants identify unique strengths and desires, learn from others, recognize who and what influences them, and gain valuable feedback to make well-informed career and life choices.

Your takeaways include:

  • Clarity into your unique strengths, influences, and what’s most important to you
  • Your own Career Statement, in positive, professional vocabulary to strengthen your voice
  • Clear steps to answer your important ‘what next?’ questions
  • A fun, meaningful event through positive interaction with like-minded individuals

About Mark Franklin:

The event will be facilitated by Mark Franklin, MEd, PEng, practice leader of CareerCycles.com, co-founder of OneLifeTools.com, and instructor of ILead’s course, Engineering Careers: Theories & Strategies to Manage your Career for the Future (APS1030).  Mark has over 10 years’ experience as a career professional and was the 2015 winner of the Canadian Career Development Foundation’s prestigious Stu Conger Award for Leadership.

 

How Not to Fail in the Workplace: Putting Your PhD to Work to Create Value

Tuesday May 2 | 4 – 6 pm | SF1105

Moderator: Doug Reeve, Director, ILead

Panelists:

  • Michael Smith (General Manager, Aquantia Canada)
  • Tereza Dan (Managing Senior Principal, Stantec)
  • Jim Sarvinis (Managing Director, Hatch)
  • Mirnader Ghazali (Capacity Expansion Project Leader, Sanofi Pasteur)
  • Andrew Ling (Engineering Manager, Intel)

How do PhD students fail in the workplace? What skills do you need to avoid those failures? Come listen to engineering managers who have worked with really successful and not so successful PhD graduates to understand what the industry expects of you. Get ready to enter the workplace and avoid common pitfalls of PhD graduates in order to be your most successful self!

Register here

 

LinkedIn Success:  The Power of Social Influence

Tuesday May 9 | 1 – 3 pm | SF3202

Facilitator: Shelly Elsliger, LinkedIn Trainer, Coach & Founder Linked-Express

This Linkedin Success Workshop will help you perfect your profile and build your influence online.

LinkedIn is a complex, interactive branding tool that should be working for you actively, proactively, and passively.  We will go through the algorithm of LinkedIn so you increase your chances of being found in searches and learn lots of LinkedIn tips and tricks to brand yourself effectively as well as reach your goals. There are over 460,000,000 professionals on LinkedIn. Many are on LinkedIn but not LinkedIn. Don’t be one of them!

You will learn:

  • How to create a killer profile that can be found via search
  • How to enhance your credibility and expertise
  • How you can effectively search to find your target audience
  • How to build your network and your personal brand
  • Netiquette and best practices

About Shelly Elsliger:

Based in Toronto, Shelly Elsliger is an engaging leadership development facilitator, career specialist, LinkedIn trainer, certified coach and President and Founder of Linked-Express. She coaches executives, leaders, diverse students and job seekers, as well as teams; inspiring them to maximize their personal and professional branding potential on LinkedIn. Shelly is also a Relationship Manager at Rotman Commerce.

Shelly is member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), was recognized as a Woman You Need to Know in 2015 by the National Women Speakers Association, and in 2016 was awarded the Global LinkedIn Ambassador Award by the Richard Dipilla Association. Shelly’s diverse experience as a professional LinkedIn Trainer and Coach allows her to bring a unique breadth of knowledge, as well as an aspect of fun and passion, to all her workshops.

Register here

 

The Integrated Person: Expert, Leader, Business Person

Tuesday June 13 | 4 – 6 pm | SF1105

Facilitator: David Colcleugh, Faculty Leadership Development Professor, ILead & Former CEO, Dupont Canada

David Colcleugh, former CEO of Dupont Canada and Faculty Leadership Development Professor at ILead, will introduce two frameworks to support you in being high performing employees.

About David Colcleugh:

Dr. Colcleugh is a U of T graduate (BASc, MASc, PhD) in Chemical Engineering and did postdoctoral research at Cambridge University in Physical Chemistry. He is retired after a 39-year career in the global DuPont Company, with many varied roles in Canada, USA, and Asia. His first role after graduating was as a Research Engineer in the DuPont R&D organization. He had many managing and leading roles in manufacturing, marketing, R&D, and business teams. In addition, he has served as a consultant, advisor, and board member of more than a dozen for profit and not for profit organizations.  For the past seven years he has been teaching ILead’s course called Leadership and Leading in Groups and Organizations (APS1501H) and is the author of Everyone a Leader: A Guide to Leading High-performance Organizations for Engineers and Scientists.

 

Putting Your Graduate Training to Work: Alumni Insights on Transferable Skills for the Non-academic Workplace

Thurs June 22 | 3 – 5 pm | BA3008 (Part I)

Friday July 14 | 1 – 4 pm | BA1240 (Part II)

*Note: This is a two-part workshop. You must attend both Part I and Part II.

Facilitator: Lydia Wilkinson, Lecturer, Engineering Communications Program

All too often research intensive degrees are viewed as preparation for a single career path: academia, and those professional skills that develop within a research setting—in communication, project management, data analysis and a range of other areas—are overlooked. Analyzing your degree to identify these skill areas for non-academic work, can provide important insights for career readiness, and motivate continued improvement in these areas. As a graduate student, you have access to a diverse network of alumni, who have useful insights about opportunities, experiences and resources that they gained (or wished they had gained) during graduate school, and how these have impacted their career success. At the same time, as a professional, networking with alumni can expose you to different career paths and possibilities post-graduation.

This two-part workshop gives you an opportunity to connect with an alumnus to learn from their experience and gain insight into the elements of their grad school experience that have helped them succeed. Following this conversation, you’ll share your new insights with the rest of the group to contribute to a larger database of methods and resources to optimize your graduate school experience for non-academic career success.

 

Professional Networking

Tuesday August 8 | 3 – 5 pm | GB202

Facilitator: Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering

Did you know that 70-85% of all jobs are secured through informal networks? Networking is an important element to any job search. Come learn and practice the fundamentals of networking. You will leave this workshop ready to introduce yourself and leave a lasting impression at your next networking event!