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.



Title Description Date Theme
Getting the Most Out of your Academic Experience: Designing your Grad School Strategy

Graduate students today have a plethora of academic and professional obligations as well as opportunities they may engage in during their graduate journey. There are also many ways to define success both within and after graduate school.

How do you choose which opportunities to take advantage of?

25 May 2022 - 12:00pm Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Doctoral Defence: Doctoral Examination and Defence Procedures

Doctoral Defence information session walk students through the doctoral examination process, and explains the different defence modes - in person, virtual, and hybrid. The session includes:

•    Steps in the doctoral examination,
•    Timelines and pressure points, and
•    a Q&A.

1 June 2022 - 2:00pm Academic Support and Success
Copyright for Graduate Student Creators: Preparing your research for publication

Graduate students are both creators and users of copyrighted works. From teaching to research and publication, copyright considerations can impact how and what you share from others in your work while accurately attributing their academic contribution, and how you make your own work available.

2 June 2022 - 11:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills, Writing and Communication
Mitacs Internship Info Session: Advance your career with community partnerships - all disciplines

In this session, you will learn how to develop collaborations with industry and community organizations through Mitacs Accelerate. This will include strategies for identifying and connecting with potential partners, examples of previously successful projects, and information about the Mitacs Accelerate application process.

8 June 2022 - 11:30am Career Exploration
Discover your Power Intelligence to Transform your Impact

We often talk about emotional intelligence but have you thought about your power intelligence? Power exists but we rarely talk about it. Amidst changing demands for equity and justice, it’s essential for us to step into our courage and transform power within ourselves, our relationships, and the teams and organizations we a part of.  

9 June 2022 - 10:00am Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
Preparing Excellent Fellowship Applications

Writing grant applications is an important part of research and of your development as researchers. The first opportunity to put together something like a grant application for many graduate students is to apply for fellowships. But, why do these fellowships even exist? How do they relate to my time at UBC and my career? How are recipients for fellowships selected?

21 June 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness


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 (; 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 scholarship 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
InterSECT Job Simulations

InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options. Our goal is to provide true-to-life job simulation exercises that help individuals consider the following questions:

What are my professional interests and skills?
How do my interests and skills translate to potential careers?
What are my career options?
Which careers haven’t I considered?

Career Exploration
GPS Workshop Materials, Recordings

Materials, handouts, and recordings from many past Graduate Pathways to Success sessions, including our career and statistics series, are posted online here (cwl login required)

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration, Research Skills
Book List: Succeeding in Grad School and your Career

Below is a list of recommended reading to help you navigate grad school and strategize for your career.  These are some examples and there are many more!  Many have very similar topics.  Pick one or two depending on where you are in your program.  You do not need to read them all! They range from helping you choose your research project, to navigating each stage of your program, to helping you select opportunities for career planning. (Note: many of these are available through the UBC library)

Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration, Writing and Communication