What Career Path Will You Take? What Every Graduate Student Needs to Know & Do

Date & Time

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
09:00 to 15:30


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Registration Closed / Past Event


Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. $10.50 (includes your online code for StrengthsFinders, light lunch and refreshments). Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:graduate.pathways@ubc.ca

In a world offering a bewildering range of career options, knowing about your skills and strengths can help you better articulate the value you bring to an employer.  This all-day workshop will help you self-reflect and provide insight to the nuances of effective job search.

Part 1: Articulating your Strengths.  We spend a lot of time improving ourselves and managing our weaknesses. Often, this means we forget or neglect our strengths. As graduate students, we can also get so deeply absorbed in our research and enhancing our technical skills or discipline-specific knowledge that we lose sight of the bigger picture. The StrengthsFinder personal assessment, coupled with facilitated dialogue and reflection, helps individuals to gain a deeper awareness of their natural talents and perspectives. This session is designed to give graduate students the necessary language and strategies to talk about their best assets with employers.

You must complete the assessment before the session. (information/code provided with registration)

Part 2: “What’s Next?”  Work with career advisors on a framework to:

1)  Explore career alternatives that align with your own priorities, strengths, and goals.

2)  Identity methods to evaluate and prioritize career alternatives that link to your graduate school experiences

3)  Gain tools to refine and verify viable work options and to create and implement an actionable career strategy

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to generate actionable career ideas that leverage your graduate degree.

Presenters, from UBC's Centre for Student Involvement & Careers:

Kimberley Rawes,  BA, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Career Educator: Kimberley studied Political Science and First Nations Studies during her time on campus. After graduation, she started her career in workshop facilitating, program planning, and advising with UBC. Since then, she has gone on to learn more about career development and coaching. She is Canada's first, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and loves connecting with university students to help them find what excites them.
During her undergrad, Kimberley "made connections" with campus life and has been a part of the community here at UBC ever since.

Marlene Delanghe, MEd, Career Advisor – Graduate Students: Marlene has coached hundreds of graduate students’ transition to non‐academic careers and is passionate about opening students’ minds to the variety of career options available to them. Outside of UBC, she is the Principal of Career Solutions, a human resources consulting firm that assists growing, small to mid-size entrepreneurial firms attract and retain staff. She is a member of BC Human Resource Management Association and is also a contributing volunteer for Dress for Success.

Michael More, MA, Graduate Career Advisor: Michael helps UBC graduate students with everything from job searching and career skills to help with applications and interviews.   He also plans and runs both campus-wide and department-specific career events for graduate students.  Previous to working at CSI&C, he was an academic advisor. He is a UBC Geography alumni, with an MSc focusing on map-making and river science.

For information on upcoming Graduate Pathways to Success Events, please visit: www.grad.ubc.ca/pathways


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email graduate.pathways@ubc.ca, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.