PhD in Neuroscience (2017)
- What field of work are you in, and what duties are required in your position?
I am currently a research and policy analyst for a public health organization in the substance use and addiction field. I am primarily involved in synthesizing the available evidence on the health and social impacts on cannabis use, and I work with knowledge brokers and communication specialists on developing public education resources related cannabis. I am also involved in forming cannabis research and policy network across Canada, and in several projects related to the impacts of cannabis use on mental health. Communication (reading, writing and oral), flexibility (multitasking) and teamwork are the most important skills in my field of work.
- What challenges did you face when looking for work after graduating?
My biggest challenge was setting myself apart from everyone else. Most individuals who complete graduate school have pretty good resumes/CVs, and it is often difficult for recruiters to separate one job candidate from another.
- How did you arrive at your current position?
Research, networking and patience. I did a lot of research on organizations that I wanted to work for. Sought advice from friends, classmates and colleagues who were in careers that I was interested in, and always tailored my resume/CV to meet the qualifications of each job that I applied for. All of these things took time.
- What advice would you give to a graduate student looking to follow a career path similar to yours?
Start early, especially with networking. Take advantage of all of your opportunities. You never know when a particular experience or skill will come in handy.