About SHIFT 2017

The SHIFT Professional Development Conference for graduate students.


Connecting ideas and connecting people.


Connecting Ideas:

We’ve planned a day of learning that will orbit around the themes of:

Self-discovery + Transferable Graduate Skills + Career Action

Self-discovery begins with a curiosity that leads to new insights about your latent/hidden passions, skills and talents.  We anticipate that you will leave this day with more fascinating insights about yourself . (see *Self-discovery track)

Understanding and articulating your graduate level and broader life skills and experiences can help you make sense of these experiences but also assist you in contextualizing those experiences for an employer.  How will you tell YOUR story?  Learn key tips when presenting yourself online, in personon paper and in an interview.  (see *Career Action track)

Considering a life in academia?  Wondering about next steps? Join a full day of discussion that weaves through the academic interview process with post-doc travel stories and possibilities for the enterprising researcher.  (see *Academic track)

Wondering if you are suited for the entrepreneurial path? Or considered how you might connect your academic work with a life passion?  Are you curious about how your research connects with emerging new fields in big data? Learn about how former Brock students have taken their passion and academic training to launch a successful ‘research forward’ businesses.   (see *Entrepreneurial track).

*To explore the various themes or tracks, select the ‘filter session’ prompt located in the grey bar/banner on the ‘Full Schedule’ page.

Making Connections:

Conferences are a great place to make meaningful professional connections that can extend beyond your graduate life. Campus staff, faculty, presenters and employers will be onsite, to share their wisdom and career paths during our Career Stories session and the SHIFT Mixer.   Each Career Story session will include 2-3 professionals who will share career path adventure stories providing wisdom, humour and insights.

Career Stories + Conversation themes:


Our Career Storytellers will also attend the SHIFT Mixer, so you will have an opportunity to continue your conversation or connect there as well.

Whether you are just beginning to think about what comes next, wanting to kick-start or energize some career action, there is something for you at SHIFT!

We have a great roster of dynamic and passionate facilitators who have some fresh ideas about graduate school and work life!

Hope you will join us.


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