Get involved by exploring experiences, networks, and identity and utilizing tools and resources to help prepare for your next steps after graduate school.


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One-to-One Advising, Career

Current UBC graduate students and recent alumni (within 1 year of graduation) can access individual advising appointments in person or as virtual appointments. Topics for these conversations include: career options/exploration, job search, networking, interviews, resume, academic CVs, etc. To book an appointment, please log in to Careers Online .

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Online Job and Volunteer Board

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

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Career resources for students from historically marginalized communities

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The UBC Career Centre has a resource page dedicated to answering questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive. The page includes information for groups including, but not limited to:

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Career Planning, Graduate

Visit the graduate student career page for tools, resources, advice, and video stories to help guide your career planning and exploration.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Resumes and Cover Letters

This site provides samples and video tutorials to help target and tailor your resumes and cover letters. See here for additional examples of grad-specific resume and cover letter templates.

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Business Concepts for Life Scientists (Online, Self-paced)

The purpose of this online, on-demand course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.

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.

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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?

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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)

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Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning

The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning is a year-long teaching development program that supports graduate students seeking future roles as faculty. Learn more.

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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)

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Curricula Vitae

This site provides samples and information about curricula vitae . See here for additional examples of grad-specific CV and samples.

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