Stepped up networking skills
The networking workshop has helped boost his confidence in sharing his research outcomes. “I am a social person naturally, but I lacked the formal training in how to act in a proper networking event. Learning the little things, like carrying business cards, building a LinkedIn profile and simply how to approach a stranger and make small talk were all very beneficial, and the instructors were excellent. Since I took the workshop, I have found that when I go to large events, I am better prepared to make meaningful connections with people in a natural way.”
Brett is a Mitacs Step veteran, having completed five workshops which have taught him a plethora of practical business skills, from how to register a prawn trap design patent to project management skills. “It’s very rare that someone in ecology has to worry about patents or intellectual property - we don’t usually design things - so there was no capacity within our group for understanding the patent or commercialization processes. This was very important when designing a device to be used in a commercial fishery.”
He’s looking forward to transitioning from the research world into the business world after completing his studies, a move that Mitacs Step has made much easier. “While I have received great training in statistics, how to be a scientist, and how to get jobs in academia, I found that I lacked a lot of the skills needed to transition out of academia and into a more industrial field. Mitacs Step offered a great opportunity to fill in these educational gaps.”
Mitacs thanks the Government of British Columbia for their support of Mitacs Step.