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Graduate Student Professional Day & Interview Blitz

Graduate Professional Day & Interview Blitz           

 Wednesday, March 6, 2013     9:30 am – 4:00 pm          

University of Toronto Scarborough

This free one-day program offers a mix of workshops, seminars, and a roundtable discussion that will enable graduate students to enhance their professional development and preparation for the workplace.  In the afternoon, concurrent sessions will include recruitment interviews (for UTSC Master’s of Environmental Science internship students) and mock interviews for other interested participants. 

This event is open to all U of T graduate students, affiliated with any of the three campuses, but it is only offered at UTSC.  GPS credit is available (see below for details).   


Schedule of Events              

Location: Room  SW403                                                          

9:30        Coffee/tea and sign in

10:00      Personal Branding: From Plato to Placement            -- Roger Francis (Director, UTSC Arts & Science Co-op)

11:00      Networking and Job-Searching (Roundtable) – Perry Sheppard (Manager, UTSC Web & New Media), Bebhinn Treanor (Assistant

Professor, Biological Sciences, UTSC), & Dallas Boyer (Manager-Operations, Arts & Science Co-op)

12:00      Lunch provided by the Centre for Teaching & Learning, with remarks by William Gough (UTSC Vice-Dean, Graduate Education)

From 1:00 – 3:00, recruitment interviews and mock interviews will be held in separate locations (TBA)

1:00        Advanced Presentation Skills  -- Sarah Forbes (UTSC Library) & Adon Irani (Centre for Teaching & Learning)

2:00        Writing an Effective Grant Proposal -- Malcolm Campbell (UTSC Vice-Principal, Research)

3:00        Closing Reception and Remarks


Please register by Friday, March 1:


Contact Dr. Sheryl Stevenson ( if you need more information or would like to be scheduled for a mock interview session; include your field and the type of interview you want—whether for an academic or non-academic job.  Affiliation with GPS is not a requirement for having a mock interview, but space is limited, so be sure to put in your interview request as soon as possible.

For credit in the Graduate Professional Skills program ( students/profdev/gps.htm), you will need to attend at least three sessions and fill out or email a reflective assessment form, describing ways the individual sessions augmented your professional skills.  


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