Stepping towards a dream job

University of Ottawa Master’s student uses Step workshops to help jump start his career

“Certainly searching for a job is much more than sending resumes and waiting for an interview. The business skills I’ve learned through Mitacs Step have provided me with valuable communication and networking abilities, the know-how to create impactful resumes and business cards, as well as appropriate manners and etiquette during an interview or at a industry event, all of which I’ve applied to my present job hunt.”

Alireza has attended nearly all of the Step workshops offered in Ontario. “Team Building Excellence was my favorite workshop because of the novelty and importance of working in a team environment. This workshop provided me with helpful tips and tactics on how to be an effective and cohesive team member in the workplace.”

Looking back on his experience with Mitacs Step, Alireza raves about the benefits of the workshops for students transitioning from academia to industry, “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.” 

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the STEP research internship in this story. Across Canada, the STEP training program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

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