Tuesday, 2 March 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

This session will walk students through the doctoral examination process, and strategies for defending in a virtual environment.

It includes:
•    Steps in the doctoral examination
•    Timelines and pressure points
•    Defending virtually (what has changed and what is the same)

There will be time for Q&A.


Robyn Starkey's work is focused on assisting UBC doctoral candidates with preparing for their final examinations.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role. Whether you’re handling dynamic timelines alone or within a team, you’ll be able to reach your project targets with the knowledge gained in this course.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Working on your thesis? This session will review the UBC formatting and submission requirements and include:
•    Planning ahead
•    Thesis formatting requirements
•    Electronic submission of theses


Nick Rizzo, Senior Thesis/Information Clerk, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Friday, 12 March 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

In this interactive session, we will share some key principles and practices for supervising graduate students (thesis students - e.g. MA, MSc, PhD), especially in the current context of Covid-19, and provide a range of strategies, cases, and resources.  Designed for new research stream faculty, but open to all interested faculty members.

Topics will include:

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases. Using team simulation exercises, participants work from a clear understanding of personal strengths and an appreciation of the differences in others will be the foundation of success in the future.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Developed by a team of masterful project managers and adult instructors, Project Management 2020 delivers a balance of “core” project management knowledge and skills. These are blended with practical learning on key interpersonal skills essential to successfully achieving project goals.

Friday, 19 March 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Publishing in academic journals is crucial for academic knowledge dissemination and can enhance your academic CV. However, the scholarly publishing landscape is complex, and navigating it can be challenging for scholars and authors. One way of publishing your research is in Open Access (OA) journals that have become more favoured in the last years.

This session will cover the following:

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Putting things off to the last minute? Having a hard time starting a project? Or is it hard to finish and actually put a close to something you are working on? This workshop is here to help you procrastinate less and get more done. Contrary to what most people think, procrastination is not fundamentally a time management problem, which is why just trying to manage your schedule better is limited in effectiveness in changing this pattern of behaviour.

In this workshop you will learn:

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Are you in the midst of writing your thesis? Are there images or portions of published manuscripts you are planning to use in your thesis?  Do you have concerns over how copyright laws could delay your thesis submission?

In this session you will learn:

Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In today's world of work, having a professional LinkedIn profile is as important as having a resume. This session will provide suggestions and guidelines for digital networking and using LinkedIn as a career development tool. It will cover the following questions:

  • Why use LinkedIn?
  • How to create a strong profile?
  • How to use LinkedIn strategically
  • How to use LinkedIn to develop new, engaging connections

There will be opportunities for Q &A.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Many graduate students feel unsure how to describe their skills and competencies to non-academic employers. This workshop will address questions about: 

  • Highlighting accomplishments, transferable skills, and appeal to non-academic employers
  • Strategies for looking for work and approaches to access the hidden job market.
  • Informational interviews, and how they can help with the job search
  • Finding and understanding job postings

There will be opportunities for Q & A.

Thursday, 22 April 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

We live in a culture that emphasizes being perfect as a virtue in everything from body image to relationships to career achievements. The problem is that life and being human, in spite of our best efforts, is messier than this. Having high standards is one thing, but taking a perfectionistic approach to life can actually get in the way of your success.

Friday, 30 April 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

In this interactive session, we will share some key principles and practices for maintaining a strong graduate program with a focus on supervision, especially in the current context of Covid-19. We will provide a range of strategies, cases, and resources.  Open to all graduate advisors.

Topics will include:

Wednesday, 5 May 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever wondered how to tap into your resilience during challenging times? Imagine a situation where you face a critique of your writing from a supervisor, do not get the grant you were counting on, or have to shift your academic focus because of the realities of the job market. With scenarios such as these in mind, this interactive session will:

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Cover Letters and Resumes are crucial elements of a job application package. This workshop will help you understand:

  • The purpose of a resume versus a cover letter
  • How they are structured, and
  • Strategies for using those document to highlight your accomplishments and motivations

The live session will include opportunities for Q & A.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Interviews are one of the most stressful elements in the job search process. This workshop will cover the following aspects of the interview process:

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Negotiation is a common part of the hiring process, and many applicants find this part intimidating. This workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of negotiating your job offer
  • Things you can negotiate, and
  • Tips and strategies for job negotiation

This session also includes an interactive part to practice job negotiation with your peers.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Your CV is one of the most important components of your profile as an academic and researcher. If you have questions about organization, structure, or how to use the CV to highlight your accomplishments, you may benefit from this workshop. We’ll cover typical sections, what makes the CV different from a business-style resume, and how to understand the ways in which the hiring committee will use the CV.