05 avril 2014

U of S rally held for transgender rights

By Jason Warick. 'We're standing up for human rights,' says organizer, citing systematic oppression.
The University of Saskatchewan has come a long way in its support for the rights of transgender people, and organizers of a rally on campus Thursday said they hope other provincial institutions will do the same.
"We're here standing up for human rights. Trans folks are very much systematically and socially oppressed," said Jack Saddleback, a newly elected University of Saskatchewan Students' Union vice-president. More...

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It’s the interns who lose in crackdown on unpaid internships

By . I once had to hire some freelancers for one of those ad-filled “special reports” newspapers sometimes run. Sorting through the stack of resumes we kept on file, I soon developed a system. If they had ever been published anywhere, they went in the A pile. If they had never been published before, they went in the B pile. I always meant to get to the B pile but, well, you know.
I imagine I’m not the only editor who has ever hired this way. Indeed, the paradox will be familiar to most people venturing onto the labour market for the first time: can’t get a job because they don’t have experience, can’t get experience because they don’t have a job. If you’re lucky, an employer will give you that first job despite your lack of experience. But sometimes the only way to break out of that infernal cycle — to jump from the B pile to the A pile — is just to get your hands on some experience, job or no job. That, in a nutshell, is the case for internships. More...

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Social media has brought students, faculty too close

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Janni Aragon. I stopped reading RateMyProfessors (RMP) years ago. I would occasionally log in and read the comments. Most of the comments were positive, but no good came out of the experience overall. I was amused with some of the comments, but I did not have that moment when a comment made me rethink my course, change a book on the reading list, or delete an assignment. More...

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Many arts graduates are overqualified for jobs

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Caroline Alphonso. One in three university graduates with a humanities degree are overqualified for their jobs, a new study has found. A Statistics Canada study, released Wednesday, found that even as the percentage of university graduates has risen over the past two decades, the proportion that is overqualified has remained stable. More...

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Start creating career options for yourself

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy Jonathan Thon - The Black Hole. I was recently invited to give a keynote address at the Human Disease Mapping conference at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland that was fully coordinated by a small group of the college’s PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. The scope was to share my experience and story of my academic career in a period where the global financial and humanitarian crisis is affecting young scientists’ hopes of doing what they love most – science. More...

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How a career sponsor can help your job search

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk - From PhD to Life. A couple days ago I picked up a “Business Self-Help” book (so says the back cover) that my dad recommended to me. He suggested (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor because it explains why women and people of colour should seek out sponsors in addition to mentors. Doing so, research shows, will significantly increase their chances of career success. My dad was looking out for me, and in picking up the book from the public library, my aim was to learn more about the world of jobs and careers. More...

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Beyond the Professoriate conference

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk - From PhD to Life. The virtual conference I’m co-hosting in May is coming together wonderfully. Maren and I are thrilled with the line-up of panellists and presenters. We’ve got 23 PhDs lined up to speak about their career journeys and provide helpful advice. Although I share transition stories on this blog in the special Q & A posts, the conference is an opportunity for attendees to ask doctorates in non-faculty jobs questions about their journeys. We hope Beyond the Professoriate fills a need: connecting current students and PhDs curious about their employment options to people they tend not to come across in graduate school. More...

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The realities of unemployed Ontario teachers

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogCareersCafe.jpgBy . This is a guest post from Rod Missaghian, an Ontario Certified Teacher and academic coach in the greater Toronto area. Check out his coaching website.
I graduated in 2010 with a Master of Teaching degree, which at the time represented a rare two-year pre-service degree. I initially chose my program and the extra year of instruction, with the hopes that it would make me a more informed and marketable teacher upon graduation. In addition, I relished the opportunity to take graduate level classes and contribute a major research paper that would help pre-service teachers as they prepared to enter the profession. More...

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The lost generation of university graduates

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Thomas Klassen. Their grades are mediocre, so it’s tough to promote themselves to employers and grad. According to poet T.S. Eliot, April is the cruelest month. And this indeed is so for many recent university graduates, and some not so recent. By April many of the students who completed studies in 2013 have had nearly a year of experience in the labour market. Sadly, too many had their dreams of landing a full-time job related to their studies shattered. Some have found no employment at all. Most are underemployed in precarious jobs. A few are in danger of having to declare bankruptcy before even starting full-time employment. More...

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University of Toronto targets non-traditional university students

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Sparrow McGowan. Only a few Canadian universities have transitional programs that offer access to people who wouldn’t normally qualify for university. One of the oldest is the Transitional Year Program at the University of Toronto. More...

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