Graduate life isn't forever!
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 6 January 2016
Being a grad student isn't a classic job but I treated it as a job nonetheless. I was paid to complete my thesis and teaching was meant to help subsidize my funding for my PhD. Overall I learned a lot about scientific research and analysis, and what to do and what not to do as a team leader (and hopefully supervisor) in the future. I enjoyed collaborating with other professors at the University and I thrived under the supportive academic atmosphere in my program. The best part of being a grad student is the flexibility of my schedule. I was able to accommodate the requirements of my teaching responsibilities while going into lab to complete work on my own projects. However, it was also difficult to put much time and effort into one job (teaching vs. research), there was always a balance that needed to be met, or else I would fall behind in either side of my responsibilities. Time management is key in this situation!
I plan to keep what I learned at McGill in mind and try to recreate that supportive academic atmosphere in my next position.
flexible schedule, teaching undergrads, able to be creative
long hours, not much pay, no time to do anything else