“The hiring process came down to me and another person, and — in addition to my scientific expertise — what tipped the balance in my favour was my participation in Mitacs Step. The skills I learned from the workshops are what employers are looking for.”
Through his University’s Graduate Professional Skills program, Ali heard that Mitacs Step workshops provide business-ready skills to up-and-coming researchers. He participated in nine workshops that helped him develop skills in areas such as project management, team building and entrepreneurship.
Junjie came to Canada four years ago (via China and then the Netherlands) to complete his PhD in geomatics engineering because he wanted to become part of Canada’s geomatics community. What he didn’t expect while completing his PhD abroad was the vital business and professional skills training he’s received through Mitacs Step.
I would suggest Mitacs Step workshops to all grad students. The practical skills I’ve learned in these workshops have been invaluable during my job hunt, and have provided me with the confidence that I will in fact land the job of my dreams.
As a graduate student, and Kukuzoo Studio’s new research media director, Gurjeev needed to learn how to effectively build a team of like-minded individuals with various expertises. He turned to two Mitacs Step workshops, team building and effective communication, to develop the business skills he was lacking.
AllerGen’s 50+ trainees learned how to refresh, build and make the most of their existing networks at the Mitacs Step workshop. For AllerGen’s trainees, the benefits of the workshop were immediate with many reporting having put a number of networking tips into practice shortly after the event.
For Mitacs Step student So-Ra Chung, her specialty is in developing micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technologies for use in the aerospace industry using team building and project management skills she learned through Mitacs Step.
When Ali Ahmadi came to Canada to complete a doctorate in applied science, he had a very personal goal of making a difference within cancer research. Using the many skills which he developed through Mitacs Step workshops, Dr. Ahmadi has contributed to a team whose device may do just that.