The Non-Academic Job Search for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Date & Time

Tuesday, 22 May 2018
09:30 to 12:00


Various (See description)

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


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 .

Funding and support for this session is also provided by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.

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 and postdoctoral fellows 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 graduate work or postdoctoral studies 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 and postdocs 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.

Available Sessions

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


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 Information

Priority will be given to current UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. You will be asked to indicate which session you intend to attend. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at Postdoctoral fellows should register through the Postdoctoral Fellows Office Events Page.


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.