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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 alumni UBC, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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 Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
Writing Strategic Business Reports (online course)

In this online, on-demand course you will learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.  Learn to:

  • Tailor a report for its intended function and audience
  • How to make a positive impression with the readers

Register

Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication Mitacs Training
Writing Effective Emails (online course)

In this online, on-demand course, you will gain the confidence to communicate effectively and learn valuable ways to finesse your email etiquette. Learn how to:

  • Draft concise emails with clear information and direction
  • Use email appropriately within the work environment

Register

Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication Mitacs Training
WriteNow Summer Session, online supportive writing community

This new program ($145US), exclusively for graduate students and postdocs, offers 12 weeks (May 17- Aug 8, 2020) of access to the WriteNow platform and timer for increased writing productivity, goal setting, and community support. Register through UBC's subscription.

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
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 Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
Understanding Stress

Tips, resources, and in-person support for managing stress

Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness Wellness Centre
Time Management (online course)

If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this course is here to help. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

Register

Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness Mitacs Training
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 Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Pathways to Success
Thesis Formatting Guides

Templates and How-to-Guides for Formatting your thesis in PC and MAC

Academic Support and Success Library Research Commons
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 alumni UBC, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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 Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, Graduate Pathways to Success
Science Writing Resources

Study guides, videos, and quizzes to help with Communicating Science, Finding, Integrating, and Citing Sources, Grammar and Style, Developing an Effective Writing Process, and more.  There are also resources, including podcasts, that provide strategies for teaching writing, grading assignments, using peer review, giving feedback, and more.

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication Science Writing Resources for Learning (ScWRL)
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 Graduate Pathways to Success
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 Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Practical Tips for Growing Your Network (online course)

This short online, on-demand course will help you get the knowledge you need to build your network! Your time at graduate school will be filled with opportunities to make connections in and outside of your field. This course will give you the information you’ll need to make the most of each opportunity.

Building a strong personal and professional network may be one of the single most important things you can do for your career.  Learn how to plan, prepare, build and foster your network and watch opportunities unfold in front of you.

Community and Network Building, Professional Effectiveness Mitacs Training
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 Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Graduate Pathways to Success
Pivoting to Online Teaching, Webinar Recording and Resources

In this webinar Sara Schley, PhD, walks you through a practical framework for moving your course online quickly.

Academic Support and Success, Teaching Development National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Online Responsible Conduct and Clinical Research Courses

Available online, on-demand are courses on Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)- Life Science and Physical Science, Biomedical Research Ethics, Social and Behavioral Research, Transportation of Dangerous Goods TDG/IATA, Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects, and CITI Canada Privacy.  These are available through a UBC subscription and are free to UBC students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

Academic Support and Success, Research Skills N2 Network of Networks
Online Job and Volunteer Board

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

Career Exploration Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Managing Project Timelines (online course)

This online, on-demand course will help you to reach project deadlines with less stress. Gain techniques and tools to help you create realistic project timelines and manage your time and energy. At the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand how to define tasks, task duration, milestones, and deadlines
  • Know how to use planning techniques to implement and adapt project timelines
  • Learn processes and techniques to communicate your project status to your research team

Register

Professional Effectiveness, Research Skills Mitacs Training
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 Graduate Pathways to 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 Graduate Pathways to Success
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 Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate Pathways to Success
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 Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate Pathways to Success

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