Are you a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow?
Are you an undergraduate student?
Skills development opportunities for McGill undergraduate students are provided by SKILLS21
- SKILLSETS categories
- Expand your expertise
- Solve problems
- Lead projects
- Work with others
- Be well
- Plan your career
Our activities are organized into seven themes of professional development. Navigate the tabs on the left for an overview of each category.
Expand your expertise
SKILLSETS offers workshops to help you strengthen your knowledge in your field. You will learn practical applications of various tools and technologies to develop innovative solutions to problems and enrich your knowledge of your chosen discipline.
MyResearch Modules: With our partners at McGill Libraries, we offer opportunities for you to develop your organizational, technical and project management skills as it pertains to your research. Read More
Throughout your academic and professional career, you may encounter challenges that require critical thinking, ingenuity, and innovative solutions. Workshops in this category help you develop and enhance necessary skills to face problems and implement solutions that are effective and efficient
Basic Business Skills: This 10-week series will introduce you to a variety of business topics through weekly lectures and hands-on case studies. Read More
From conceptualization to evaluation, projects require resource allocation, time management, ethical conduct, and strategic goals to ensure success. Offerings will impart knowledge and skills necessary for successful project management as well as means to obtain funding.
Leadership Workshop Series: This series of 7 workshops will introduce you to the general concept of leadership, and provide an overview of the different skills that are crucial to succeeding in management roles. Read More
Academic Integrity Day: Open to all disciplines, this workshop (typically held in winter) highlights the importance of questioning and discussing ethical issues regarding graduate research. Topics discussed include authorship, predatory publishing, and intellectual property. Read More
Would You Fund It?: You have the opportunity to have your two-page project summary reviewed by a former Tri-council or Quebec committee reviewer in a 20 minute one-on-one consultation. Read More
Tri-Council Award: These agency-specific (NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC) webinars will discuss the guidelines required for applications, and give tips on how to excel at writing your research proposal and ask for reference letters. Read More
Tri-Council Funding Clinics: Through interactive workshops, meet former student award winners and professors with experience as fellowship reviewers to get helpful advice on applying to Tri-council funding agencies (NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC). Read More
As graduate students, it is important to clearly communicate ideas to diverse audiences and summarize your research. SKILLSETS offers workshops on effective communication using written, oral, and digital media.
Talking It Up: During this interactive session, you will learn practical techniques to explain the complex nuances of your research in plain terms.
The Elevator Pitch: Learn how to craft a compelling ‘elevator pitch’ to explain your work in 30 seconds or less.
Leading Effective Discussions: Improve your presentation skills and Increase your impact in group meetings through this interactive workshop.
Graphos Workshops & Courses: Graphos offers credit courses, workshops, peer writing groups, and tutorial services designed to address three focal points of the graduate and postdoctoral experience: research, funding, and publication.
Work with others
Examine the impact of collaboration and learn to leverage interpersonal skills to work effectively in a diverse team. Workshops will also help you building an understanding of problems affecting the local and wider/global community.
Managing Your Supervisor: A Closed Door Discussion: In this panel discussion, learn strategies to handle disputes and misunderstandings as well as to distinguish between your responsibilities and those of your supervisor. Read More
Meaningful Science: Meaningful Science is a 10-week series in a guided conversation format led by graduate students for graduate students in STEM-fields. Our aim is to initiate personal reflections on meaningful work, responsible group leadership, and societal impact within scientific research. Read More
- Indigenous Perspectives
- Understanding Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Race and Cultural Identity
- Disability, Access and Universal Design
- About Sexual Assault: How to Respond to and Support Disclosures
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance as a graduate student can be a difficult task. McGill offers workshops and events that will help you build strategies to manage the heavy workload that comes with graduate school.
Financial Skills: This workshop series will cover personal finance topics as diverse as setting up a budget, dealing with debt, types of bank and investment accounts and their respective features, taxation basics, types of investment vehicles, and types of insurance. Read more
McGill's Counselling Services offers a number of other valuable resources. Read More
Plan your career
It’s never too early to start thinking about career development! We offer workshops and panel discussions that will help you explore a variety of career options and help you prepare applications.
Academic Career Series: This series of panels will discuss a broad range of topics related to a career in academia including writing CVs, interviewing, and the job talk.
Basic Business Skills: Basic Business Skills: This 10-week series will introduce you to a variety of business topics through weekly lectures and hands-on case studies. Read More
Graduate Career Month: Panel discussions and workshops will be hosted over the course of the month on topics such as pharma careers, making a career transition for Post-Docs, think tanks, how to build a career in international cooperation and much more.
Women in Academia: This panel discussion brings together women currently in academic positions to discuss the challenges and achievements of women in academia.
Cancellation & no-show fee: In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your space to another participant.
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