5 “How To” Resources for Students and Young Professionals in Global Health

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It has been six months since we launched our exclusive Facebook forum for CCGHR Student and Young Professional members (not a member yet?). To celebrate we have rounded up our Top 5 resources that have been shared on the forum’s weekly “How-to Tuesdays” feature. All of these resources provide a great starting point to furthering a career in global health research!

How to…conduct a lit review

One skill that every researcher must master early in their career is how to systematically search and review academic literature. These presentation slides from the NCCEH underscore the importance of having a protocol for carrying out these tasks and break down the literature search and critical appraisal processes into helpful steps. The slides also cover the different types of reviews you can conduct, which each serve a different purpose. NCCEH >

How to…choose a title for an article or chapter

Choosing an informative title for your written work should not be overlooked; it can make the difference between having your work ignored, or read and cited! Writing For Research provides four steps to help you think critically about word choice and specificity. Writing For Research >

How to…defend your dissertation

After the blood, sweat, and tears that can go into conceiving, researching, and writing a dissertation, passing the Master’s or PhD defence is the final hurdle to successfully completing the degree! So, why not prepare well for it to go out with a bang?! The ten easy steps described in this Hook & Eye blog post will help you do so. The defence can be an enjoyable process — we know this from first hand experience and this article helped us get there! Hook & Eye blog >

How to…increase your likelihood of getting published

This short article from the LSE blog is great to read well before you’re ready to submit a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal. The author assures us that having multiple drafts is all part of the process, as is getting critical feedback from others. Being a successful researcher requires humility and openness to reviewers’ comments which have been carefully constructed to help you improve your manuscript. Additionally, knowing how to respond to reviewers’ comments in a respectful way, using reasoned and well-evidenced arguments, will serve your manuscript well! LSE blog >

How to…seek a non-faculty job

For PhDs, job options outside of academia are not always obvious. This article from University Affairs explains why it’s important to look at your degree as a collection of skills and gives advice on how to translate them into other career paths. You may be surprised by how many strengths that make you an effective researcher make you effective in other roles too! University Affairs >

Like these resources or know of others that have helped you build a career in global health? Join the conversation that’s happening on our Students and Young Professionals Network forum that’s exclusive to CCGHR members for more!

Stephanie Lu and Lonnie Embleton are the SYPN’s Professional Development Executives. Stephanie recently completed a PhD at the University of Waterloo and is now working as a researcher in the realm of dementia and person-centred care. Lonnie is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto where she is leading an innovative HIV prevention intervention for street-connected young people in Kenya.