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HQP Workshop 2016

 Jobs in the bioeconomy


When? July 6, 2016, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Where? Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver BC (as part of the Advanced Biofuels Symposium)

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The biofuels and bioeconomy sectors are likely to experience sizable growth over the course of the coming decades, much like the fossil fuel sector grew through the 20th century.  A large number of highly trained skilled workers will be required if this emerging industry is to succeed. Many nations are increasingly transitioning to green energy. Green energy jobs are surpassing jobs in the fossil fuel industry in North America, and many commercial-scale advanced biofuels facilities have recently come online internationally.

This workshop will help students and recent graduates:

  • Pinpoint where to find jobs in the bioeconomy
  • Determine which skills are in demand
  • Develop a plan for success to unlock industry opportunities
  • Learn networking techniques and job interview skills

BioTalent Canada, Mitacs and the Vancouver TheatreSports League will be leading various portions of the workshop, which will also include improv theatre training.

See this video from last year’s workshop:

See photos from last year’s event.

Background information on non-academic bioeconomy jobs

Career tools from BioTalent Canada: find job postings on Canada’s #1 bioeconomy job board; map your career on BioCareer Pathways; apply for the wage-subsidy program and much much more!

Sequencing the data: People driving Canada’s bioeconomy. By BioTalent Canada

This labour market report is a goldmine of information for anyone who is or will be seeking a job in Canada’s bioeconomy. The report details to where the jobs are geographically and in which sectors, what skills are most sought after by companies, and explores some of the biggest human resources challenges in the bioeconomy.

Leaving academia. In Science.

A great resource article for any scientist thinking or planning on working outside academia, and for those who are unsure. Over the years, Science Careers has published many articles to help scientists who are unsure about careers in academia make the right decision, deal with the emotional aspects of a career transition, and figure out where to go from there. Here is a snapshot of their best advice.

Resources on choosing a career path

The complete guide to choosing a career

Counterintuitive career adviceSusan Colantuono: The career advice you probably didn’t get. TED Talk

The career advice no one tells you

The Postdoc: A Special Kind of Hell. In Science.

What’s Your Science Degree Worth?. In Science.

Feeling Stuck. In Science.

Job Interview Resources

4 Ways to Be Better at Job Interviews. In Scientific American

Learn to read between the lines of a job ad. In Science.

How to get your job application noticed every time

How to ace the 50 most common interview questions



Canada's largest advanced biofuels meeting, the 2016 Advanced Biofuels Symposium, taking place on July 6-8 in Vancouver! Register now.

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