I had the pleasure to attend the Alberta Graduate Conference in Edmonton, Canada (my home), over the past few days. As an overseas student from a UK institution, I took advantage of this professional development (PD) event and wrote a post about accessing PD on the Beyond Distance Research Alliance blog at the University of Leicester.
This PD fell into the category of being of interest rather than mandatory skills or to obtain a specified number of hours, as required for professional membership and designations. However, I think I learned a number of lessons that will help my development as a researcher. One lesson is that I should be writing for my thesis prior to doing other activities such as writing a blog post!
P.S. I acknowledge the fact that one of my friends has been telling me to do the writing first for 6 months, as she reminded me. Okay, I’m listening to you now!