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 Modern Day Job Search
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Date October 19, 2018 Presenters Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 consultant, international speaker, bestselling author and the CEO of Cheeky Scientist Description Most academics approach their transition with an academic mindset, which…

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Careers in Medical Writing
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Date October 18, 2018 Presenters Dr. Aisha Shamas-Din ( Scientific Communications Specialist) Description In this interactive workshop, you will get an overview of a day in the life of a…

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Industry Networking Event
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Date September 20, 2018 Presenters Dr. Nick Timmins (VP Process Sciences, BlueRock Therapeutics) Dr. Natalie Venier (Medical Science Liaison, Merck) Dr. Bharti Ranavaya (Principal, Business Development & Commercialization, University Health…

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Academia Networking Event
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Date September 19, 2018 Presenters Dr. Shane Harding (Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) Dr. Mathieu Lupien (Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) Dr. Phedias Diamandis (Affiliate Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer…

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Stop Staring at a Blank Page- A Writing Workshop
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Date September 25, 2018 Presenters Melissa E. Anders, MSc ( Senior Program Manager at University Health Network and Writing Coach at Melissa E. Anders Coaching) Description In this workshop learn…

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Career Seminar with Dr. Bettina Hamelin (CEO and President of Ontario Genomics)
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Date June 25, 2018 Presenters Dr. Bettina Hamelin, PharmD, EMBA (President and CEO, Ontario Genomics) Description This interactive seminar will highlight Dr. Hamelin’s career path and give you a chance to…

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Science Writing: Leading Practices
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Date June 26, 2018 Presenters Dr. Aisha Shamas-Din, Science and Medical Content Writer. Aisha holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from McMaster University.  Aisha has…

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The ORT and University of Toronto Transplant Institute (TTI) Summer Program Presents: Career Seminar
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Date July 26, 2018 Presenters Celine Bauwens, Scientific Manager, Medicine by Design Dr. Siba Haykal, Surgeon, Department of Surgery, University Health Network Stephanie Holbik, Operations Manager, Ontario Brain Institute John…

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The ORT Presents: Improving your Success Through Social Media
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Date May 30th, 2018 Presenters Aristotle Eliopoulos and Peter Majewski, members at 9th Co Description Learn how to use some of the most popular tools for establishing and effectively managing…

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The ORT Presents: Networking, An Art and Science
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Facilitator Dr. Isaiah Hankel Date April 20th, 2018 More Information To register, please contact ort.admin@uhnresearch.ca Presenter(s) Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 consultant, international speaker, bestselling author and the CEO of Cheeky…

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The ORT Presents: Industry Resume Workshop
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Facilitator Dr. Isaiah Hankel Date March 16, 2018 More Information To register, please contact ort.admin@uhnresearch.ca Back to Workshops

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The ORT Presents: Translating Bioinformatics for Everyday Biology
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Facilitators CRISPR/Cas9 screens: Understanding the basic concepts of gene editing and of the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, and getting able to design a screen Presented by: Drs. Jason De Melo and Fraser…

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A Brief Blitz of Scientific Writing Tips
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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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From Academia to Corporate: Alternative careers for PhD’s
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Facilitator Dr. Maurice Shen, Academic Head, BenchSci Dr. Emily MacLeod, Research Associate at the Applied Educational Research Department at the Michener Institute of Education Dr. Daniel Bacinello, Manager, Research &…

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The ORT Presents: UHN’s Technology Development and Commercialization Department
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Facilitator UHN’s Technology Development and Commercialization Department Date March 9, 2017 More Information Register via https://technology-development-and-commercialization.eventbrite.ca. Back to Workshops

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The Modern Job Search
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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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Translating Bioninformatics for Everyday Biology
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Facilitator Hosted by UHN PDFs Date January 31, 2017 More Information Free Event! Register by January 20, 2017 via translatingbioinformatics.eventbrite.ca Back to Workshops

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Careers in Industry, Academia, Government
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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 https://careerevent2016.eventbrite.ca Registration…

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Résumés
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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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Improve Your Career Success Through Social Media
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Facilitator Justin Cook, Partner, Director of Internet Marketing 9thCO Date January 15, 2016 More Information Register by January 11, 2016 via ortsocialmedia.eventbrite.ca Back to Workshops

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Careers in Industry
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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:

Stop Staring at a Blank Page- A writing workshop 

  • Description: Learn how the writing process works, how to design your own unique writing process and practical ways to not only get started but also to maintain your momentum and complete your projects.
  • Workshop Instructor: Melissa Anders, MSc ( Senior Program Manager at University Health Network and Writing Coach at Melissa E. Anders Coaching)
  • Date:  September 25th, 2018
  • Time: 1:30-2:30
  • Location: Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower, 101 College Street, 4th floor, 4-204
  • Register: https://writingcopingstrat2018.eventbrite.ca 

Modern Day Job Search

  • Description: Become a more competitive candidate by understanding how to think like a recruiter or industry hiring manager. In addition, learn key elements to maximize your chance of landing your dream job!
  • Workshop Instructor: Dr. Isaiah Hankel, Fortune 500 Consultant and CEO Of Cheeky Scientist
  • Date: October 19, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-3:00
  • Location: Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Avenue, Munk Elevators, 11th floor, Astellas Conference Room 11PMB190
  • Registration: Please contact ort.admin@uhnresearch.ca

Past Events 2018:

  1. Money Matters: A Finance Workshop
  2. Translating Bioinformatics for Everyday Biology
  3. Resume Writing Workshop
  4. Art and Science of Networking
  5. Career Seminar with Dr. Bettina Hamelin
  6.  Academia Networking Event in honour of PDF Appreciation Week
  7. Industry Networking Event in honour of PDF Appreciation Week
  8. Predatory Journals
  9. Science Writing: Leading Practices
  10. Career Seminar
  11. Improving your Success Through Social Media 

Past Events 2017:

  • 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.