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
Foundations of Project Management I (2 days - Online)

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.

8 July 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness
Preparing Excellent Applications for Fall Fellowship Competitions (10:00 am)

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 July 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Preparing Excellent Applications for Fall Fellowship Competitions (4:00 pm)

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 July 2020 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Foundations of Project Management II (Online - 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.

19 August 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness
Defending the Doctoral Exam in a Virtual Environment

This session will walk students through strategies for defending in a virtual environment and it will include:

  • What has changed about the Doctoral Examination process (and what is the same), and
  • Answers to questions about the Doctoral Examination process.

FACILITATOR

26 August 2020 - 2:00pm Academic Support and Success
Submitting your Thesis

Working on your thesis? This session will review the UBC formatting and submission requirements and include:

  •         Planning ahead
  •         Thesis formatting requirements
  •         Electronic submission of theses

FACILITATOR

Nick Rizzo, Senior Thesis/Information Clerk, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

17 September 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success
Mitacs Internship Info Session: Advance your career with non-academic collaborations – STEM

In this session, you will learn about 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.

7 October 2020 - 3:00pm Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Mitacs Internship Info Session: Advance your career with community partnerships – Arts and Social Sciences

In this session, you will learn about 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 October 2020 - 3:00pm Career Exploration, Community and Network Building
Networking Skills

You’ve all heard the saying “you are only as good as your network,” but have you ever wondered how to get one? This full-day course is designed to provide insight and interaction along with the know how to build and stabilize business relationships through effective networking.  We will cover who-what-where-when and why to network and participants will have the opportunity to practice what they

15 October 2020 - 9:00am Career Exploration, Community and Network Building, 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.

26 October 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness
Business Writing

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.

28 October 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

29 October 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
Overcoming Perfectionism

We live in a culture that emphasizes being perfect as a virtue in everything from body image to relationships to career achievements. The problem is that life and being human, in spite of our best efforts, is messier than this. Having high standards is one thing, but taking a perfectionistic approach to life can actually get in the way of your success.

3 November 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness
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.

4 November 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 November 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness
Career Professionalism

When working with others, we often forget the impressions and impact we have on those around us. We often dismiss just how important our personal reputation impacts the way we are perceived and in turn, how others relate to us and ultimately, what opportunities are opened to us.

26 November 2020 - 9:00am Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills (2 Days)

Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two-day, hands-on course 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. 

25 January 2021 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Presentation Skills

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.

27 January 2021 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

3 March 2021 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness
Business Writing

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.

4 March 2021 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication

Pages

 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