Career Planning Seminars

CSGS and the Department of Computer Science are pleased to present two career planning seminars this month.
Event #1: Thursday, April 5, 4 PM @ ICT 516
Non-Academic Career planning: Making the Move from Academia to Industry
We have some great speakers lined up and they're going to show you:
* how to prepare for your job search (resume and cover letter writing, networking)
* what companies are looking for from graduate students (how to prepare for interviews, leveraging your training, making your job search a career search)
* how to extend your training even further (further certifications, lifelong learning)
Julie Brown is the GSA's Employer Relations and Transitions Coordinator, who helps graduate students transition to permanent careers during and after the completion of their studies.
Michael Boyle previously acquired his PhD in 2004 from the Department of Computer Science at the U of C, and is now a Distinguished Developer at SMART Technologies.
Vincent Chiew is the President of the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Information Processing Society, the professional association for the IT industry in the country
Please join us for this special presentation. Refreshments will be provided, but we encourage you to provide your own mug.
Event #2: Mon, Apr 16 (11am) @ ICT 516
Almost got my PhD, but now what? Career mentoring advice for graduate students considering careers in academia
An informal talk and Q&A session with professors who were faced with the "academia vs. industry" dilemma, and the path they took to stay/get back into academia. 
Three professorss (Michael Locasto, Jonathan Sillito, and Tony Tang) share their experiences, providing insight into post-doc positions, the faculty job application and interview process (from both sides of the table). We'll make sure to have plenty of time to answer your questions! We invite all interested graduate students and post-docs, as well as any faculty members who want to add their perspective! 
Light refreshments will be provided.
Bonus announcement!
Interested in setting up your own startup? A limited number of passes are available for AccelerateAB ( ), which is a leading community event for tech entrepreneurs, held in Edmonton on May 30. This event will see senior students and young entrepreneurs get an insane crash course in all things startup related and then challenged to try their hands at building an idea/software/business of their own. Other attendees will include companies like Facebook that are slated to be there to recruit high-end talent. 
Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations. 
Please contact Leanne Wu ( if interested.