GPS: Graduate Pathways to Success

Our Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) program is a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to complement your graduate program's academic curriculum and mentorship experience. In 2011, the program, represented by Dr. Susan Porter, Assoc. Dean of Professional Development when GPS was being launched, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, Manager of GPS for the first three years, received the Helen McCrae Award for excellence in UBC program development.

Our offerings cover a wide range of personal and professional development topics to support you throughout your time in graduate school and to allow you to develop some of the skills and competencies needed to thrive as professionals and to make meaningful contributions to society. As you move forward in your studies and on into your career, it will be important for you to develop competencies for:

  • Success in Graduate School:  Skills in academic writing and applying for funding, for example, help you to complete your program successfully and graduate in a timely fashion.
  • Self Management:  The ability to manage stress and time are among the many needed to help you achieve balance in life and effectiveness in educational and work environments.
  • Professional Effectiveness:  Success as a professional, whether in academia or outside, requires a range of skills and knowledge related to areas such as communication, management, interaction with people, and ethical conduct.
  • Career Building:  A proactive approach to career preparation involves investigating options, developing competencies, and learning how to present yourself for career opportunities.
  • Constructive Leadership:  As professionals, you will likely be (or already are being) called upon to lead others. Acquiring leadership skills and learning from accomplished leaders will contribute towards your success as a constructive leader.

Integral to all the above areas is development in critical thinking, creativity, integrity, and a recognition of our global and societal responsibility

We invite you to participate in our workshops and events, and to use The Graduate Game Plan, the Guides and the GPS Resources that are available on this website:

GPS Workshops and Events

Check our Calendar of Workshops and Events.

The Graduate Game Plan

The Graduate Game Plan provides advice and guidance for graduate students at all stages of their graduate careers.  We encourage all graduate students to read and follow the suggestions provided, whether you have just arrived at UBC, or are well into your program. Don't get lost in your graduate journey, just follow the steps to cross the finish line successfully!

Graduate Guides 

We have assembled many guides that will help you with your studies, and provide advice for developing personal and professional effectiveness and career planning. If you're looking for information, ideas or contacts, you may find exactly what you need.

GPS Resources

A collection of resource documents and web links have been assembled for your convenience. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please send an email to graduate.pathways@ubc.ca

 

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Did You Know That?

Doctor of Musical Arts

The School of Music at UBC established Canada's first DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) program in the 1970s.

Helen McCrae Award