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industry link


Preparing the talent of today for the industry of tomorrow

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industry link


Preparing the talent of today for the industry of tomorrow

 

 

INDUSTRY LINK is a novel student-led initiative dedicated towards connecting academia with industry through first-hand experiences.

 

 
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The Mission


Committed to creating opportunity.

The Mission


Committed to creating opportunity.

EXPOSE graduate students to Ontario’s innovative health science industry through experiential opportunities and creative engagement strategies.

EQUIP graduate students with pragmatic skills, and provide companies with cost-effective access to academic talent.

ESTABLISH stronger partnerships between the academic and industrial worlds that will cultivate greater success for tomorrow’s health science sector in Ontario.

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The Programs


Innovative Solutions for the Age-Old Issues. 

 

The Programs


Innovative Solutions for the Age-Old Issues. 

 

Four out of five graduate students do not find current career services to be sufficiently helpful for gaining industry exposure and experience. With less than a quarter of PhD graduates predicted to secure full-time, academic positions, creating the proper education infrastructure to transition students from academia into industry will be vital towards retaining and utilizing talent that took years of schooling to nurture.

INDUSTRY LINK COMPANY TOURS

Industry Link Company Tours will bring graduate students inside local health science organizations to visit the workplace, form connections with employees, and engage in company culture first-hand. In return, companies may leverage the opportunity to engage top-tier students in company-directed focus groups and discussions to gain valuable insights and market research.

 

INDUSTRY LINK PART-TIME INTERNSHIP

The novel aspect of the Industry Link Part-Time Internship is that it may be run in conjunction with the student’s academic research. Therefore, there will be no compromise on academic productivity in order to gain valuable industry experience. As a result, we believe this will:

 

  1. Overcome the resistance that graduate supervisors previously had for full-time internships, increasing the pool of eligible talent for companies to select from.
  2. Serve as low-cost opportunities to screen for potential future candidates of employment. 

 
 

Industry Link Consulting

Within the ivory towers of academia, there is arguably no greater manifestation of scientific expertise than among the minds of graduate students who dedicate years of their life to pioneering specific areas of health research. To make this more accessible to local health science companies, we created the Industry Link Consulting service, a graduate-student-led, scientific consulting service. We believe this will: 

 
  1. Offer cost-effective research and development consulting for local health science start-ups, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies.
  2. Provide students with the platform to apply their training to solve real-world industry problems.
  3. Connect the appropriate scientific expertise to the specific problem by utilizing Industry Link’s proprietary skill-matching matrix. 
 
 

industry link careers conference

The Industry Link Careers Conference is tentatively set for March 2018 and will provide a forum for up to 200 graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals to learn from one another, discuss the future of the industry, and network. This program will run in collaboration with Queen's University’s Science-to-Business Network, and will feature a keynote address, panel discussions, and a company information and recruiting fair. 

 
  1. Expose graduate students to exciting industry careers options and equip them with relevant information and skills.

  2. Discuss potential career opportunities in the health science industry, and how graduate students can best prepare themselves for these careers.

  3. Provide companies a cost-effective platform to screen and recruit strong candidates for companies during the information fair, and an opportunity for students to network and form partnerships with industry professionals.

 
 

Are you a current McMaster graduate student or post-doctoral fellow? Please subscribe to our mailing list to receiving exciting and exclusive updates on upcoming programming.  

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Interested in making a difference in tomorrow's health science industry? Contact us for more information.