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SCS Webinars

Students have expressed a need for more guidance about how to navigate both academic and non-academic career paths. To help address this need, the Canadian Sociological Association’s Student Concerns Subcommittee has organized a professional development webinar series for students. Each webinar will feature a guest speaker, either an academic or practitioner, and will focus on a different aspect of professional development.

Professional development is integral to strengthening students’ transferable skills and their understanding of how the core competencies of the discipline can be used in both academic and non-academic settings. Students enter graduate programs with varying levels of information and awareness of the importance of such knowledge, and access to professional development resources also varies by institution, department, and individual supervisors. Discipline-specific information and perspectives from sociologists at different institutions/in different settings may provide new and valuable insights for all students.

These webinars are meant to be interactive, so they will feature both a presentation from the guest speakers as well as an open Q&A period.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Archive

Visit our Resource Hub for information on the following webinars (several include infographs and transcripts).  Recordings may be posted on the CSA's YouTube channel (refer to the 'Student Professional Development Webinar Series' playlist).

  • Autoethnography & The Therapeutic Potential of Academic Writing
  • Be prepared, not (too) scared! How sociology graduate students can slay the conference thing
  • Build Your Research Impact – Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences hosted webinar
  • Canada Versus America Job Market
  • Casting the Net Wide: Exploring Careers other than Faculty Positions
  • Communicate Research in Visual Ways with Research Retold
  • Community Based Research: At the Intersections of Queerness and Gender
  • Community-Based Research: An Introductory Discussion
  • Community-Based Research: At the Intersections of Queerness and Disability
  • Community-Based Research: At the Intersections of Race and Indigeneity
  • Converting Your CV to a Resume
  • Effective Social Media Use for Grad Students
  • From draft to article: The process of publishing in an academic journal
  • From Presentation to Publication
  • Getting It Done – Tips and Tricks for Successful Dissertation Completion
  • How to Communicate Your Research to the Public via Social Media or News Outlets
  • It's Turtles All the Way Down: The Epistemic and Theoretical Considerations and Impact of Indigenous Methodologies
  • Let’s Talk Systemic Racism / Parlons de racisme systémique
  • Methodological Dialogue: Digital Sociology
  • Methodological Dialogue: Visual Sociology
  • Navigating the Non-academic Job Market
  • Publishing & Public Sociology
  • Pushing Research Beyond Academia
  • Qualitative Research Careers Outside of Academia
  • Taking care of yourself in an uncaring institution
  • The Academic Job Market
  • Writing a Successful Conference Abstract: Practical Tips to Getting Your Abstract Accepted
  • Writing Social Theory
  • Writing Winning Grant / Scholarship Applications