Spring Career Symposium Day 1: Building Clarity and Confidence

Date & Time

Tuesday, 11 May 2021
12:30 to 17:15


Online via Zoom

Offered by

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

The Spring Career Symposium for UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows spans two afternoons.  On day 1, as highlighted below, we feature a series of keynote events and workshops with the theme of building career confidence and communication strategies.  Day 2 will feature a Roadmap to Careers series with panels of professionals, and, through interactive Q&A, will explore opportunities in the various sectors, how to learn more and get connected, how to discover and apply for opportunities, and more. 

Day 1 Event Schedule
12:30-2:00 PM: Communicating Your Value in a Way that Works 
2:15-3:45 PM: Panic to Power: Make Stress Work for You 
4:00-5:15 PM: Small Talk IQ 
When you register, select the session(s) you want to attend. Zoom details will be sent one day prior to the event
See below for more information on each session.

Communicating your value in a way that works

12:30 – 2:00 PM
This will be an interactive working session in which participants will be encouraged to have their cameras and microphones on and available. Participants will participate in small breakout groups and may also deliver a brief pitch to the larger group. By the end of this workshop participants will be able to: 
•    Communicate their value in a way that will create curiosity
•    Create impactful personal value statements
•    Deliver an elevator pitch that speaks to their ‘why’


“I want to make you Batman! There is no one right way to speak, but there are tools that you can apply depending on the situation."
Ivan Wanis Ruiz is a communications expert and a guest instructor at several top universities across Canada from, UBC in the west to UofT and Bishops in the east. Ivan also works with several Fortune 500 companies across North America in industries ranging from Financial Services to Oil and Gas to Industrial Design.
When he is not teaching how to speak, he is doing it as the official spokesperson for both the PanAm Games in 2015 and The Invictus Games 2017.  He is also regularly hosting and emcee'ing large events across Canada to audience from 3 to 30000.  He is a top rated instructor on Coursera and Udemy virtual training platforms with over 150,000 students worldwide.  When he's not speaking or teaching you can find him on the dance floor as a professional salsa dancer and instructor.

Panic to Power: Make Stress Work for You

2:15 – 3:45 PM
Are you feeling uncertain or worried about getting experiences and making connections necessary for your journey at UBC and into meaningful work? Is the stress around pursuing your goals making you feel avoidant and unmotivated rather than confident and focused? You are not alone! If your stress or nervousness is getting in your way, this workshop will offer useful information and effective coping strategies to turn your unease into motivated, productive energy that will help you approach your career development with increased comfort and confidence.

Danielle Barkley, PhD is a Career Educator who works with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers to support graduate students at UBC. She completed her PhD in English literature at McGill University and has previous experience as a university instructor and writing consultant.

Kelly Lyons, M.A student in Counselling Psychology

Small Talk IQ

4:00 – 5:15 PM
Goodbye awkward silences and drawn-out discussions on rain. Hello best practices in today’s small talk!
Learn how to approach and engage your conversations in a way that builds value for you and your network. Improve your practice and Interpersonal IQ with this skills-booster, and leave with practical tips you can immediately use. Yes, you! This is a communication skill that anyone can learn and practice.  This session will help you:
•    Empower your conversational IQ and bust old myths.
•    Learn new tactics that build genuine relationship value.
•    Practice + leave with the How 


As an educator, Rose Hastreiter is known for her energy and effective tactics-based approaches. She has instructed 25,000 professionals to date, and is ranked by national organizations as one of Canada’s top facilitators. Hosts for Lead Her Alliance Canada, as well as donates 20% of her time towards not-for-profit and social enterprise projects. She’s also the founder of LMG creative audio, a Canadian creative agency that provides audio for commercial TV and film projects.

Rose is also the founder of L3C. L3C helps professionals empower themselves with practical tactics and approaches in human-centered, principles-based project-management.  20+ years of project management and facilitation experience in various sectors. Her focus is on helping groups dial into the human factor in professional scenarios: Topic Specialties include: Communication, self management, time management, professional project management, collaboration and change management.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, April 26th at 9:00 AM PDT.

Priority will be given to current UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Session 1, Communicating Your Value in a Way that Works, is being co-hosted by the PDFO and postdocs may register here.

After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2-3 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail graduate.pathways@ubc.ca.


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.