The International Students’ Graduate Game Plan: Strategizing for Success in Graduate School and Beyond

Date & Time

Tuesday, 14 June 2016
09:00 to 11:30


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, International Student Development and Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Registration Closed / Past Event


*Individual immigration questions will NOT be addressed in this workshop. UBC does not advise on permanent residency. To speak one-to-one with an International Student Advisor about temporary residence issues, visit *

Are you an international graduate student at UBC?   Do you know what are you going to be doing 5 years from now? 10 years from now? Next year? What opportunities can you explore while in graduate school? How can you set goals to help ensure success in graduate school and for after graduation?  And how might your plans differ depending on the career path you pursue?

In this workshop, participants will start a personal plan for their own success in graduate school including assessing how to prepare for various future career options, whether in Vancouver, Canada, or abroad. Through creating an individual development plan, participants will examine their strengths, challenges, likes and dislikes and find what motivates them. What career(s) best suit you? How do you build a strategy for your future?  How can you prepare for obstacles to get there from here?


Jacqui Brinkman is the Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success program in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Her current work focuses on improving the graduate student experience through offering professional development programs, orientation, and the Three Minute Thesis competition. Jacqui completed her BSc (Biology) at the University of Victoria and her MSc (Biology) from McGill University. Jacqui’s past experience includes managing postdoctoral and undergraduate student educational programs within the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She also worked as a lab-based researcher both within academia and the biotechnology industry.

Lisa Brunner is an International Student Advisor (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) with International Student Development at International House. She guides international students through immigration, health insurance, and other transition-related issues so they can thrive at UBC. Lisa holds an MA  (Human Geography) from Simon Fraser University, a Certificate in Immigration from UBC, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Studies at UBC. She has studied and worked on five continents with a particular focus on post-secondary teaching, curriculum design, and refugee resettlement policy.

Michael More is the Graduate Student Career Advisor, at UBC's Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, in Brock Hall. In addition to collaborating on workshops like this one, he helps organize campus-wide events where UBC graduate students can meet and interact with employers.  He also offers regular career workshops at Brock Hall, as well as 1-on-1 career advising / coaching.  Previously, he works as an Academic Advisor at UBC.  Michael is an alumni of both the MSc and BSc  programs in Physical Geography in UBC, and continues to dabble in geographic on the side.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, June 6th at 9:00am. Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. 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:


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