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Graduate Student Career Services


Following program completion, many graduate students will seek out employment opportunities inside and outside of academia. The Faculty of Science’s Graduate Student Career Services offers a range of career development supports to graduate students to help them utilize their skills towards an employment goal. We are committed to ensuring that graduate students are supported in finding meaningful career pathways and obtaining the skills that they need for a future career.

What Can Science Graduate Career Services Do For Me?

We offer many different supports tailored to fit individual student needs, such as opportunities for

  • resume and cover letter writing
  • mock interviews
  • job searching skills
  • learning about non-academic career pathways
  • development of important employability skills such as personal branding, networking, and workplace communication

Need assistance with something not listed here? Don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to provide any kind of career-related support.

Current & Upcoming Programming

We are excited to bring you new and informative programming each term. Below is a look at our Winter 2024 programming and registration links for each. Registration for events is open to all science graduate students, regardless of their program. If you are having difficulty with registering through Oscarplus, please email us for assistance.


Information Box Group

Personal Branding for Scientists: Build and Maintain Your Network Register

January 24th, 2pm-3pm. 

Location TBD.

Build connections and turn those connections into new opportunities.

Non-Academic Interviews: Preparation Strategies Register

Tuesday, February 13th, 1pm-2pm.

Location: online

At this workshop, you will learn how to effectively prepare for a non-academic interview.

This is Part 1 of 2 of our February Seminar Series on Non-academic Interviews.

Non Academic Interviews: Succeeding during the interview Register

Thursday, February 22nd, 1pm-2pm.

Location: Online

At this workshop, you will learn how to succeed during a non-academic interview.

This is Part 2 of 2 of our February Seminar Series on Non-academic Interviews.

Employer/Alumni Career Panel - Careers in Sustainability Register

Date will depend on panelists availability. 

Planning for late March.

Book An Appointment

Are you looking for help with your next resume or cover letter? Maybe you’re just getting started with your job search? Or maybe you have questions about different career options? Wherever you are in your career journey, the Science Graduate Career Services team is here to help.

Please note these appointments are only for graduate students currently registered in the Faculty of Science.

In-person and online options available.

Book an Appointment


Meet The Team

Tara Zabella, Program Manager, Career Development

With over 20 years of progressive experience in human resources and career education, I am excited to support the professional goals of science students at McMaster. I am eager to work in partnership with faculty, students, and staff to develop career education programming that will empower our students with self-awareness, labour market knowledge, and opportunities to connect with employers and alumni. I am currently studying part-time for a Masters degree in Higher Education at the University of Toronto, where I am exploring the impact of social and cultural capital on work-integrated learning access and outcomes. I serve as Director at Large on the board of EWO, Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning Ontario.

I am eager to engage in conversations and knowledge sharing with our community about career education for graduate students.

Career Services Newsletter

Science graduate students are invited to subscribe to the Graduate Career Services newsletter. The monthly newsletter includes resources, workshops, and supports for students in one easy to find place, directly to their inbox. Each newsletter also features a theme covering a different aspect of the job search. Subscribe and view past installments below. A new newsletter is circulated at the beginning of every month.