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SKILLSETS: Unlock Your Potential


February 1, 2019

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Financial Skills for the Real World Series


Income Taxes

February 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm


Would you like to better understand tax slips and learn how to file your income taxes? This workshop will give a brief overview of the Canadian tax system, covering topics such as different types of taxes, tax brackets, and taxes on different incomes.


Investing and Taxation

February 14, 6:30 - 8:30pm


Under what circumstances does an RRSP or a TFSA contribution make more sense? How is the RRSP tax refund calculated? This workshop briefly reviews the basics seen in Introduction to Investing while highlighting how the different tax brackets impact different investments and sources of income. 




Basic Business Skills Series


The Basic Business Skills series provides graduate students with a basic understanding of the principles of business administration. Students with an interest in business will have the opportunity to challenge themselves with engaging discussions and practical case-solving activities, as well as to reflect on business-related post-graduation opportunities.


Introduction to Behavioural Finance

February 11, 6:00 - 8:00pm



February 18, 6:00 - 8:00pm






Leadership Series

Leading Teams for Success

February 4, 3:00 - 5:00pm (Downtown campus)

February 6, 1:00 - 3:00pm (Macdonald campus)


This workshop teaches graduate students core strategies to successfully lead teams using an evidence-based approach. Given increasing globalization, technological change, and task complexity, the use of teams has become a key feature of the work environment.

Motivating and Inspiring as a Leader

February 12, 3:00 - 5:00pm


This workshop is designed based on empirical research to help you improve your leadership skills. In particular, you will learn how to motivate and inspire others by communicating a vision, setting goals, and providing feedback effectively.



Skills for Time Management


February 5, 2:00 - 4:00pm


Feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? In this workshop, you will learn strategies to organize your priorities, increase your productivity, and effectively manage your time.



EndNote Essentials


February 5, 2:00 - 3:30pm


Find out how to build your personal database of references using EndNote. Learn how to organize the references into groups, produce bibliographies, attach files to your references, insert bibliographic citations in your papers according to your chosen style, and more. 



MyResearch Series


February through March


Research management refers to the ability to seek new information and adapt it to your research needs. With our partners at McGill Libraries, we offer opportunities for graduate students to develop their organizational, technical, and project management skills.

Module 1: EndNote Essentials

Module 2: Graduate Research Toolkit

Module 3: Search Strategies and Techniques

Module 4: Getting your Research Out



First Aid Certification


Interested in taking a first aid course? The McGill Student Emergency Response Team is holding several Canadian Red Cross first aid courses this semester. First aid certification is great to have on your CV and in life in general! 



T-PULSE Workshops


Presentation Skills

February 6, 9:15am - 12:15pm


What makes a good scientific presentation? In this 3-hour workshop, we will collectively answer this question. Knowledge gained from this workshop will provide participants with new perspectives on how to improve their slide preparation and delivery skills.



Safer Spaces 


Indigenous Perspectives

February 6, 1:30 - 4:00pm


This workshop examines, from multiple perspectives, issues related to the inclusion of Indigenous peoples on our campuses. Participants will have the opportunity to apply new ideas and awareness and build skills by working through practical scenarios drawn from everyday work and life at McGill.





Foundations of Project Management

February 6 and 7, 9:00am - 5:00pm


This 2-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience that will enable you to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics, and leadership that you can apply immediately and in your future career and life. 


Time Management

February 12, 9:00am - 5:00pm


This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your work week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.



Under Pressure: Stress Management for Better Brain Health


February 7, 12:00 - 1:30pm

How does stress affect the brain and behaviour? How can you reduce and manage stress? At this workshop, you will learn about the neuroscience of stress, as well as research-supported tips for stress management.





Jump-start your Blog

February 8, 10:00am - 12:00pm


Looking to start a blog or inject new energy into your existing one? This workshop provides an opportunity for you to hone your blog writing so that it is clear, concise, and catchy.


Engaging the Media

February 22, 12:30 - 2:30pm


Even though peer-reviewed articles are the holy grail of publishing, do not neglect the power of a well-crafted press release to increase your impact. Attend this workshop to be introduced to the form, function, and style of an effective press release.


Overcoming Writing Blocks

March 1, 12:30 - 2:30pm


Being a graduate student involves a lot of writing, but writing is rarely a smooth and effortless process. Most of us have felt stuck and unable to write at some point for various reasons. Whatever the cause, this workshop provides strategies that can keep your writing moving forward.



Literature Review for the Humanities and Social Sciences


February 11, 2:00 - 3:30pm


This workshop covers the main steps for creating a literature review for humanities and social sciences topics. Selecting topics, finding and evaluating information sources, and structuring the literature review will be discussed.



Conflict Management


February 13, 3:30 - 5:00pm


Through this highly interactive workshop, graduate students and postdocs will work across potential disputes to balance their positionality and needs with the potentially conflicting desires of others. Learn about conflict management styles by reflecting individually and with peers to better understand oneself and effective collaboration with others.



Persuasive Public Speaking


February 21, 1:00 - 3:00pm


Do you get nervous before giving a speech? Want to feel more confident while presenting? In this workshop, persuasion researcher Jay Olson will cover the communication skills necessary to give an effective presentation. 





February 21, 3:30 - 5:00pm


This is a highly interactive workshop for participants to work across effective methods for communication and consider potential obstacles when communicating cross-culturally. Acquire a toolkit of communication strategies, including methods for active listening.



Leading Effective Discussions: Facilitation Skills


March 3, 10:00am - 1:30pm


Improve your facilitation of group discussions and sharpen your leadership, presentation, and communication skills! This workshop is an opportunity to explore the emerging skills used by individuals and groups to manage change towards professional excellence based on authenticity, autonomy, and integrity.



ATOC 185x: Natural Disasters 


Course launches: March 6, 12:00pm


In this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you will learn the science behind different types of natural disasters, and our ability, or inability, to control and predict these events. In this 9 week MOOC on edX, you will learn about a different natural disaster each week. This course is open to anyone interested. We encourage you to invite a friend!



Prepping for your Lit Review: Organizing, Summarizing, and Critiquing Studies


March 7, 10:00 - 11:30am (Downtown campus)

March 8, 1:00 - 2:30pm (Macdonald campus)


Feel overwhelmed by the amount of papers you found for your literature review? Learn how to efficiently keep track of authors’ relevant points and critically comment on the literature so that your own voice shines through. 






Rise and Write in the Morning


Despite our best intentions to knuckle down and write productively on a regular basis, competing demands and distractions—both personal and professional—can make it difficult to stick to a writing routine. Book time now and join our popular "Rise and Write in the Morning" series this winter!



Weston Fellowship in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


Application deadline: March 13, 2019 


Are you passionate about teaching and learning in higher education? Do you have research questions you would like to explore? Consider applying for the Weston Fellowship, which supports a full-time graduate student—in any discipline—conducting research on university teaching and learning.



Have your say


The Campus Planning and Development Office (CPDO) is committed to engaging with stakeholders throughout the planning processes that they lead. In order to promote a shared understanding of a common vision and enable the integration of community feedback, they want to hear from you! You can participate by taking their short survey about McGill Space






McGill Career Planning Service

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer jobs, as well as internships, by providing workshops, individual advising, a comprehensive job posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre.




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