Career Development

The ORT is committed to providing support and resources enabling trainees to achieve their full potential during their training at UHN and as they venture into the next steps of their careers. As part of this mandate, the ORT is offering the following workshops and resources to UHN research trainees.

The ORT Presents: Networking, An Art and Science

Facilitator Dr. Isaiah Hankel Date April 20th, 2018 More Information To register, please contact Presenter(s) Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 consultant, international speaker, bestselling author and the CEO of Cheeky…

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The ORT Presents: Money Matters, Personal Finance Workshop

Facilitator Money Matters: Personal Finance Workshop Date February 21, 2018 More Information Register via Presenters Stacey He, Owner of Financial Life Planning Description Understanding the essentials of good money…

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A Brief Blitz of Scientific Writing Tips

Facilitator Dr. Dionne Aleman, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering Date September 20, 2017 More Information The Office of Research Trainees (ORT) will be hosting a two hour Scientific Writing Lecture Workshop …

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The Modern Job Search

Facilitator Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant, Best Selling Author Date February 2, 2017 More Information Become a more competitive candidate by understanding how to think like a recruiter or industry…

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Careers in Industry, Academia, Government

Facilitator Various career panelists Date July 28, 2016 More Information Did you ever think about where your science degree could get you? Register by July 22, 2016 via Registration…

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Facilitator Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant, Best Selling Author Date January 15, 2016 More Information Why an academic CV won’t secure you an industry job, and how to create an…

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Careers in Industry

Facilitator Various career panelists Date December 17, 2015 More Information CIHR Training Program in Regenerative Medicine Register here Back to Workshops

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Past Articles from the ORT Times Newsletter

Several past articles in the ORT Times provide valuable content for your career development, including:

Upcoming Events:

Networking, An Art and Science Webinar

  • Description: Discover the best strategies for networking to help you land your perfect job, whether it be in the industry or academia!
  • Workshop Instructor: Dr. Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant and CEO Of Cheeky Scientist
  • Date: April 20th, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-3:00
  • Location: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave, 6th floor, 6-604 (Dr. Bob Bell Auditorium)
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2018 Events:

Industry Resume Workshop

  • Description: Learn how to maximize your chance of getting an industry job by highlighting your transferable skills
  • Workshop Instructor: Dr. Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant and CEO Of Cheeky Scientist
  • Date: March 16th, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-3:00
  • Location: Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Avenue, Munk Elevators, 11th floor, Astellas Conference Room 11PMB190
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Translating Bioinformatics for Everyday Biology

  • Description: This trainee drive workshop provides our attendees an opportunity to learn about key bioinformatics and computation biology concepts which are of interest to experimentalists and biologists that wish to incorporate informatics into their scientific analysis.
  • Workshop Instructors: Drs. Davide Chicco, Jason De Melo, Ann-Christin Hauschild and Fraser Soares
  • Date: March 20th, 2018
  • Time: 8:30-3:30
  • Location: Toronto Medical Discovery Tower (101 College Street), 4th floor, 4-204
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Money Matters: Personal Finance Workshop

  • Description: Learn the essential of good money management and the costly mistakes and pitfalls that should be avoided to create a successful financial life.
  • Workshop Instructor: Stacey He, CEO of Financial Life Planning
  • Date: February 21, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-3:00
  • Location: Toronto Medical Discovery Tower (101 College Street), 4th floor, 4-204
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Past Events :

  • From  Academia to Corporate: Alternative careers for PhD’s September 18 2017
  • A Brief Blitz of Scientific Writing Tips September 20 2017
  • From the Bench to Business: The BenchSci Story October 10, 2017
  • Personal Finance and Your Future October 2015
  • Drive Your Way Into a Job: Using CAR Statements to Compose an Impactful Résumé.
  • October 2015
  • Finding $$Funding$$ with the COS Pivot Database
  • June 2013
  • Matching Scientists with Clinicians: Advice for a Fruitful Union
  • November 2014 You are more marketable than you realize September 2014 Toronto Collaborations: The Local Benefit May 2015 To PhD or Not to PhD, That is the Question February 2015
  • Dude, Where’s My Article? How Getting Organized Will Make You More Productive February 2014
  • Passive Diffusion of Science April 2014
Skill Development

Developing your skills, and learning how to market the transferrable skills you learn in your research training can help with your future career. Some skill development resources include:

Mitacs STEP Workshops: these workshops focus on a variety of skills that can be important in research and industry, including writing, project management, and networking. note that you can register for some STEP workshops without having a Mitacs fellowship.

Life Sciences Career Development Society: this UofT-based student society seeks to bridge help bridge academia and industry and holds many seminars and networking events.

Graduate Professional Skills Program: from UofT School of Graduate Studies, this program offers sessions on communication, business, and research-related skills. 

How to create great illustrations using powerpoint

How to write your Thesis Videos

Science Careers: the careers section of the popular journal has many resources and topical articles on career development for young scientists. They also have the Individual Development Plan portal to help you identify your career goals and strengths.

Also be sure to look for networking events and skills development sessions associated with scientific conferences you may attend as part of your research training.

Career Searches

These resources will help you find postings for positions.

University of Toronto Career Centre provides job listings, as well as resources on resume writing and interviewing.

Nature Jobs

Also look at Versatile PhD for non-academic career paths and job listings.