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

Titlesort descending Description Date Theme
Assertiveness: Speaking Up for Yourself in Difficult Conversation

Are you looking for ways to build confidence and be assertive in challenging situations? You may find yourself in conflict situations where there is a difference of power or unclear expectations but you lack the courage or tools to address the situation. This practical course will give you the skills necessary to engage in difficult conversations and express yourself with conviction.

6 November 2019 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
Build your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills

Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on workshop is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding.

5 February 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Business Writing for Today's Profesional

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

5 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Business Writing for Today's Professional

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes. 

30 October 2019 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Career Planning & Job Search Strategies

Wondering where to get started with exploring career options? Not sure how to connect your graduate degree to career paths? This workshop will help students at the Masters and PhD level to identify areas of interest, articulate skills, and develop strategies for the job search process.

22 October 2019 - 12:00pm Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Dealing with Criticism: Giving and Receiving Feedback

From the comments in red pen in the margins of papers to the peer review process to the eye-rolls and laughter of an audience during a presentation, much of the academic exercise of advancing knowledge is based on the concept of giving and receiving feedback.

26 November 2019 - 1:00pm Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Designing to Succeed in Graduate School and Beyond

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

21 November 2019 - 9:30am Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Designing to Success in Graduate School and Beyond (via Webinar)

Take the lead of your education and your career objectives!

21 November 2019 - 1:30pm Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

Discovering the Entrepreneur Within has participants analyze successful entrepreneurial ventures and identify what it took for those entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Using an interactive, team-based approach, this full-day workshop builds awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

19 February 2020 - 9:00am Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
Essentials of Productive Teams

More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases.

31 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness
Foundations of Project Management I (2 Days)

Learning teams of approximately five people each will be formed at the beginning of this session and will work together throughout the session. This will enable the participants to enhance their learning from each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create and execute their projects.

24 October 2019 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness
Foundations of Project Management II (2 Days)

Participants will work in learning teams of approximately 5 people formed at the beginning of the two-day course. Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this course will emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

17 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness
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.

14 November 2019 - 10:00am 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.

14 November 2019 - 1:00pm Career Exploration
Managing Difficult Conversations

Both academic and non-academic workplaces are fraught with difficult conversations, many of which take place across power differentials. This day-long workshop provides practical skills in how graduate students, recent grads and junior professionals can navigate situations in which they need to raise a difficult issue with a supervisor, or respond to a problem.

13 November 2019 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Practice your Presentation Skills I

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

31 January 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Scholarship and Award Opportunities: CGS-M Masters

This session will provide a detailed overview of the CGS-M award competition*, including advice on writing a successful application. Eligibility criteria for major funding agencies will be reviewed, as well as application procedures and tips for putting together a strong application. A faculty member will provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

28 October 2019 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success
Scholarship and Award Opportunities: CGS-M Masters (via Webinar)

This session will provide a detailed overview of the CGS-M award competition*, including advice on writing a successful application. Eligibility criteria for major funding agencies will be reviewed, as well as application procedures and tips for putting together a strong application. A faculty member will provide an adjudicator’s perspective on the review process.

28 October 2019 - 1:30pm Academic Support and Success
Statistics II: Statistical Considerations when Planning your Research Project (via Webinar)

This is a general introduction to the important role statistics play in the planning stage of a research project. We will discuss both observational studies and controlled experiments, including the study population, the scientific question, sampling and randomization. We will focus on the experimental design, the effects of confounding, and methods for computing sample size and power.

7 November 2019 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Statistics III: Two Group Comparisons and ANOVA Models (via Webinar)

We will introduce some statistical concepts such as mean, variance, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and distribution of the sample mean. We will provide a detailed discussion of how to compare data from two groups or conditions using a t-test and discuss the assumptions involved. Non-parametric alternatives to t-tests will also be covered.

10 December 2019 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills

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