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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 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 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 talent that took years 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 experience company culture first-hand. In return, companies may gain direct access to a large pool of talent for future employment. 


INDUSTRY LINK PART-TIME INTERNSHIPS

Industry Link Part-Time Internship are unique work or volunteer placements that may 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 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 Industry Link Consulting, a graduate-student-led, consulting service. We believe this will: 

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

ACADEMIA-TO-INDUSTRY (AIM) MEETING

AIM is a multi-university careers conference that will provide a forum for up to 200 graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals to share career advice, discuss the future of the life science industry, and network. This meeting will take place on March 3rd, 2018 at McMaster Innovation Park. 

 
  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.