SHIFT 2021 Professional Development Conference

How can you make a successful shift from your academic studies to life after graduation?

This annual professional development event has something to offer every graduate student at Brock University at every stage of their journey. Whether you are just starting to think about your next steps after graduation or you’re ready to take action to launch your career, SHIFT is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on.

How can attending SHIFT help you?

  • Learn from professional experts and their experiences
  • Get practical ideas about how to leverage your graduate education and experience
  • Prepare for your future career and the professional world
  • Connect with graduate students in your program and other programs

What did SHIFT look like last year? While the in-person conference was cancelled in 2020, we were still about to offer informative webinars from our great roster of professional experts.

View Past SHIFT Sessions

Telling Your Teaching Story

The teaching dossier is a collection of artifacts that documents your teaching expertise and growth. Whether you create one for job search purposes or for instructional development, your dossier can help you articulate who you are as a teacher.

Resumes & CVs

How do you know when an employer is looking for a ‘resume’ or a ‘curriculum vitae’ (CV), when the terms are used interchangeably? Learn how resumes and CV’s differ from one another, when to use each one, and how to tailor your application to your audience.

Rock Your Job Interview

Interviewing is more than just having the right answers! Learn tips and tricks to make you stand out in an interview and be the most prepared that you can be. Topics will include Mastering the Interview Questions, The Psychology of Interviewing and How to Make Them Like You.

In-Demand Skills

In this session, you will look at the Brock Competencies project and how you can connect your competencies to the skills required in the Canadian workforce. Learn how to frame your experience in the context of these core skills and competencies sought after by employers.

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Conference Details

Dates: Wednesday May 19 – Thursday May 20
Times: Sessions will be offered both synchronously and asynchronously.
Locations: Virtual (online)

What Can You Expect at SHIFT?

  • Opening and closing plenary talks from fantastic facilitators
  • Your choice of a variety of engaging workshops
  • Key takeaways from panels of experts sharing their experiences
  • Opportunities to connect with fellow graduate students

More details to follow closer to the event. Questions? Contact Ashley Haroutunian at