The non-academic job search for graduate students and postdocs

Date & Time

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
09:00 to 13:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Registration Closed / Past Event


In this three-part session, Dr. Anne Krook will first review her own path through and out of academics and describe the lessons graduate students can draw from it.  She will then show how graduate students can prepare themselves for the non-academic job market at the same time that they do their 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 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.

Presenter: 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 serves on the board of director 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.  

Refreshments: Beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own mug.  Lunch will NOT be served although attendees are welcome to bring their own.

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Registration Information

Priority will be given to current UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to: .


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.