The Non-Academic Job Search for Postdocs and Graduate Students

Date & Time

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm




Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate Pathways to Success



Vivien M. Srivastava Lecture

This event is supported in memory of Dr. Vivien M. Srivastava – first woman to receive a PhD in Zoology at UBC: . We thank them for their generous support of this event .​

In this three-part session, Dr. Anne Krook will first review her own path through and out of academics and describe the lessons postdoctoral fellows and graduate students can draw from it. She will then show how graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can prepare themselves for the non-academic job market at the same time that they do their postdoctoral studies or graduate work and what they must do. Finally, she will review the process and mechanics of entering the non-academic job market. A template exercise helps postdocs and grad students learn to identify and define their skillsets, and the blank template and a filled-out example will be provided to the students and postdoctoral fellows after the session.

This session will be followed by From Surviving to Thriving: Supporting Your Wellbeing through Self-care. This in-person session will focus on increasing mental health literacy through self-care. You will learn about the body’s stress response and how to identify these responses in yourself, assess your stress levels, explore the meaning of personal self-care, and discover resources and strategies for supporting your wellbeing as a postdoctoral fellow. Separate registration in this session is required. For more information and to register, please visit the From Surviving to Thriving event page.


Anne Krook 

Anne Krook

Anne Krook began her professional career as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she taught for seven years before moving to Seattle. After a stint in restaurant bartending, she joined During thirteen years at the company, she held various roles in US and international website development, program management, internal audit, and infrastructure. After that, she worked as VP of Operations at a startup, Mindbloom, and then as VP of Operations at Synapse, a product design engineering company in Seattle. In addition to her consulting work at universities, she chairs on the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.


    Registration in this session is required, and is now open. Those postdocs who are successfully registered will receive a confirmation email within one week of the workshop date.

    Registration in the following session, From Surviving to Thriving: Supporting Your Wellbeing through Self-care, is separate. For more information and to register, please visit the From Surviving to Thriving event page.

    Graduate students, please register through the Graduate Pathways to Success Program

    Available Sessions 
    • Theatre 1, Life Sciences Institute (In-person session)
    • CHAN 2111, BC Children's Hospital (via video conferencing)
    • DHCC 1020, Vancouver General Hospital (via video conferencing)
    • Room 260, Reichwald Health Sciences Centre @UBC-O (via video conferencing)



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