Graduate Pathways to Success

The Graduate Pathways to Success (Pathways) program is a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to complement your graduate program's academic curriculum and mentorship experience. 
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.

 

 Events

Title Description Date Theme
POSTPONED- Submitting your Thesis (via Webinar)

UPDATE, March 30:

This webinar has been postponed. Please visit this website for the previous webinar recording and resources on thesis preparation and checking

 

1 April 2020 - 2:00pm Academic Support and Success
Career Design at Home Webinar Series, Session 1: Self-Assessments and Career Exploration

The current time is challenging and caring for yourself and the important people in your life should be your top priority. If you do find yourself with some newly freed time, you may be thinking about how to design and develop a career path for yourself. The webinar series will provide some actionable suggestions for steps you can take from home to explore and strategize for your career.

2 April 2020 - 12:30pm Career Exploration
Career Design at Home Webinar Series, Session 1 (repeat): Self-Assessments and Career Exploration

The current time is challenging and caring for yourself and the important people in your life should be your top priority. If you do find yourself with some newly freed time, you may be thinking about how to design and develop a career path for yourself. The webinar series will provide some actionable suggestions for steps you can take from home to explore and strategize for your career.

2 April 2020 - 4:30pm Career Exploration
Graduate Community Conversations: Student Parents

Share resources and tips for balancing grad school and parenting

6 April 2020 - 8:00pm Academic Support and Success, Community and Network Building
Career Design at Home Webinar Series, Session 2: Building a Network and a LinkedIn Profile

The current time is challenging and caring for yourself and the important people in your life should be your top priority. If you do find yourself with some newly freed time, you may be thinking about how to design and develop a career path for yourself. The webinar series will provide some actionable suggestions for steps you can take from home to explore and strategize for your career.

7 April 2020 - 12:30pm Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Career Design at Home Webinar Series, Session 2 (Repeat): Building a Network and a LinkedIn Profile

The current time is challenging and caring for yourself and the important people in your life should be your top priority. If you do find yourself with some newly freed time, you may be thinking about how to design and develop a career path for yourself. The webinar series will provide some actionable suggestions for steps you can take from home to explore and strategize for your career.

7 April 2020 - 4:30pm Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Copyright for your Thesis: How to use Images and other material

Are you in the midst of writing your thesis? Are there images or portions of published manuscripts you are planning to use in your thesis?  Do you have concerns over how copyright laws could delay your thesis submission?

8 April 2020 - 11:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Starting to think About Fall Fellowship Applications (webinar)

Writing grant applications is an important part of research. For many graduate students, the first opportunity is to write their own fellowship application. This session will give tips for putting together a strong application. The facilitator will also provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

Learning Objectives

9 April 2020 - 11:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Career Design at Home Webinar Series, Session 3: Drafting Resumes

The current time is challenging and caring for yourself and the important people in your life should be your top priority. If you do find yourself with some newly freed time, you may be thinking about how to design and develop a career path for yourself. The webinar series will provide some actionable suggestions for steps you can take from home to explore and strategize for your career.

15 April 2020 - 12:30pm Career Exploration
Career Design at Home Webinar Series, Session 3 (Repeat): Drafting Resumes

The current time is challenging and caring for yourself and the important people in your life should be your top priority. If you do find yourself with some newly freed time, you may be thinking about how to design and develop a career path for yourself. The webinar series will provide some actionable suggestions for steps you can take from home to explore and strategize for your career.

15 April 2020 - 4:30pm Career Exploration
Repeat: Starting to think About Fall Fellowship Applications (webinar)

Writing grant applications is an important part of research. For many graduate students, the first opportunity is to write their own fellowship application. This session will give tips for putting together a strong application. The facilitator will also provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

Learning Objectives

16 April 2020 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
The Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), and Graduate Pathways to Success are proud to present a workshop that provides you with an essential understanding of intellectual property (IP) and academic technology transfer.

28 April 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
Roadmap to Resilience in Graduate School and Beyond

Have you ever wondered how to tap into your resilience during challenging times? Imagine a situation where you face a critique of your writing from a supervisor, do not get the grant you were counting on, or have to shift your academic focus because of the realities of the job market. With scenarios such as these in mind, this interactive session will:

29 April 2020 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness
Industry Ready Resumes

Many graduate students feel unsure about how to move from an academic-style CV to a resume format (widely used to apply for most types of jobs outside of academia). This workshop will address common questions about how to highlight accomplishments, transferable skills, and appeal to non-academic employers in a range of sectors.

Facilitator

12 May 2020 - 12:30pm Career Exploration
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.

21 May 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success (via Webinar)

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.

21 May 2020 - 1:30pm Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond: Being Strategic in Graduate School

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

18 June 2020 - 9:30am Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond: Being Strategic in Graduate School (via Webinar)

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

18 June 2020 - 1:30pm Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration

 Resources

Title Description Theme
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
Statistics Webinar Series

This 6-part statistics webinar series is annually presented by the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group.  Slides and descriptions of each session are provided.

Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Leaders Dialogue Series: On Making a Difference for Good

The Leaders’ Dialogue series is an opportunity to get to know individuals who have made a difference for good in the world, and hear their thoughts on questions such as ‘What motivates you?’, ‘What does ‘success’ mean to you?’, ‘What have you learned about leadership?’, and ‘What’s wrong/right with the world?’

Professional Effectiveness
Writing with Integrity

A short video in which Drs Susan Porter and Beth Haverkamp discuss the importance of writing with integrity (the importance of writing and contributing new knowledge and scholarlarship with integrity; avoiding plagiarism)

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Video Guides to Writing and Research

A series of videos to introduce students to the fundamentals of academic writing and research: “Writing in Situations”, An interview with Dr. Anthony Paré plus
5 videos (“The Writing Process”, “The Prewriting Stage”, “The Writing Stage”, “The Revision Stage”, and “Managing Time to Write”) featuring conversations with 4 graduate students from Chemistry, Civil Engineering, English Literature, and Linguistics.  (Playlist)

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Scholarships and awards_Presentation materials

Applying for graduate scholarships or awards? Past presentation materials and webinar recordings provide you with guidance.  You may also find the tips and best practices helpful.

Academic Support and Success
Planning for your Doctoral Exam

To help prepare you for a smooth examination process, the doctoral exams team provides tools and resources including a checklist, sample workplan, and past presentation materials and recordings to help you map out a timeline for your final doctoral examination.

Academic Support and Success
Thesis Preparation and Submission

Finishing your thesis or dissertation?  G+PS provides sample templates, checklists, past presentation materials and recordings, as well as information on how to submit your thesis for review and final submission.

Academic Support and Success