Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSI&C) offers a variety of services and resources aimed at assisting graduate students with career guidance and development, including weekly drop in and advising sessions. Events include employer information sessions, recruitment fairs, and workshops.

 

 Events

Title Description Date Theme
Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success

Quick – tell us the top five things you are good at! Can you do it? Or would it be easier to tell us the things you’re not good at? The truth is many of us spend more time focused on (and trying to fix) what we’re not good at, instead of discovering, appreciating, and cultivating our strengths.

20 April 2021 - 11:00am Career Exploration
Community Connection Series: Career Stories with Indigenous Professionals

Thu, May 13, 2021 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM See description. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers invites you to participate in our upcoming Community Connection Event, sponsored by CIBC.

13 May 2021 - 3:30pm Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Alumni Office Hours with Alyssa Koonar | Senior HR Assistant, Amazon | How to Make a Positive First Impression: Start a New Job, First Day, Probationary Period

Tue, May 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. HOW TO MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION: START A NEW JOB, FIRST DAY, PROBATIONARY PERIOD

18 May 2021 - 12:00pm Career Exploration
Confident Public Speaking and Communication: A tactical approach

This will be an interactive session where participants will be presenting in small groups and in front of the larger group. Participants will be expected to communicate through chat, video, and audio. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
 
•    Create impactful opening and closing statements
•    Transition between topics and ideas smoothly

19 May 2021 - 9:30am Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Resume and Cover Letter

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.

26 May 2021 - 2:00pm Career Exploration
Interviews

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

2 June 2021 - 12:00pm Career Exploration
Getting the Most Out of your Academic Experience: Designing your Grad School Strategy

Take the lead of your education and hone your career intentions!
Graduate students today have a plethora of academic and professional opportunities they may engage in during their graduate journey.  There are also many ways to define success both within and after graduate school.

3 June 2021 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Job Negotiation

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.

23 June 2021 - 12:00pm Career Exploration
Academic CV

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.

7 July 2021 - 12:00pm Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration

 Services

Title Description Theme
One-to-One Advising, Career

Current UBC graduate students and recent alumni (within 1 year of graduation) can access individual advising appointments via Zoom, Skype, or phone. Topics for these conversations include: career options/exploration, job search, networking, interviews, resume, academic CVs. etc. To book an appointment, please log in to Careers Online .

If you are having difficulty identifying an appointment time that works with your schedule, please email to request an alternate time

Career Exploration
Graduate Career Advising

Same-day "drop-in" appointments are available on Friday mornings. These appointments become available for booking at 9am every Friday morning, and can be booked through Careers Online

Career Exploration
Career Coaching Opportunity: Appointments available to book

Several staff members on campus participated in UBC's Coaching for Career Influencers Program in 2019/20.  As part of our ongoing development as learner coaches, we are required to engage in 30-minute career coaching conversations.  These mutually beneficial one-to-one coaching conversations, exclusive to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, offer you a safe and confidential space to explore a concern or challenge you are experiencing and to work with you towards defining actionable goals for yourself, all while helping us enhance our coaching skills.  

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration

 Resources

Title Description Theme
Online Job and Volunteer Board

Careers online is an online job and volunteer board for UBC students and alumni

Career Exploration
Career Resources for Students of Colour

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive

Career Exploration, Community and Network Building, Professional Effectiveness
Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive.

Career Exploration, Community and Network Building, Professional Effectiveness
Career Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive.

Career Exploration, Community and Network Building, Professional Effectiveness
Career Planning, Graduate

Visit the graduate student career page for tools, resources, advice, and video stories to help guide your career planning and exploration.

Career Exploration, Community and Network Building, Professional Effectiveness
Individual Development Plan, Sciences

My IDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.  This website was developed by AAAS/Science, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and experts from several universities (see authors on their site). 
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Individual Development Plan, Humanities and Social Sciences

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The ImaginePhD project is powered by the Graduate Career Consortium (https://gradcareerconsortium.org/; GCC).
Note: This website is not hosted in Canada, and your personal information may be stored or accessed outside of Canada.

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Individual Development Plan, Health

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has developed an online Individual Development Plan (IDP) and resources.  The IDP is a tool that supports graduate students and PDFs in actively preparing for the career(s) of their choice by exploring career paths, establishing career goals, and identifying skill gaps, culminating in an action plan to achieve their career goal(s).

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Resumes, Covers Letters, and CVs

This site provides samples and video tutorials to help target and tailor your resumes, cover letters & curricula vitae.

Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
The UBC Hub, Online Career Mentors

Create a free profile on The UBC Hub to connect with a UBC alumni mentor from anywhere in the world. Gain insight on global job markets and industries, receive feedback on your job search materials and online profile, or conduct informational interviews.

Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Your Next Step page

Your Next Step brings together valuable career resources from across UBC to help graduating students and alumni make the most of their talents, interests, and education in a changing world of work.

Career Exploration, Community and Network Building