Career Exploration

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

 Events

Title Description Date Provider
West Coast Virtual Fairs: Jobs & Volunteer Expo

Tue, March 2, 2021 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. The West Coast Virtual Fairs is back for the Jobs & Volunteer Expo! This virtual fair is a collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic).

2 March 2021 - 11:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, alumni UBC
West Coast Virtual Fairs: Jobs & Volunteer Expo

Wed, March 3, 2021 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. The West Coast Virtual Fairs is back for the Jobs & Volunteer Expo! This virtual fair is a collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic).

3 March 2021 - 11:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Pathways to the Post Graduation Work Permit and Permanent Residence

Mon, March 8, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM See description. In this offering, students will learn about the process and benefits of applying for the Post Graduate Work Permit and insights into the PR process. There will be a presentation followed by a Q & A period.

8 March 2021 - 9:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Alumni Office Hour: Post-Covid Career Opportunities with Viet Vu – Economist at The Brookfield Institute for Innovation

Mon, March 8, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM See description. During this office hour, Viet will explore how the possibility of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic has opened new opportunities, as well as created new challenges for international students looking for work in Canada.

8 March 2021 - 4:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer Virtual Information Session: Duke Marine Technical Services

Tue, March 9, 2021 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM See description. Duke Marine specializes in placing Permanent and Contract roles for all levels of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers/Designers. This information session will be a time to discuss with us what Duke Marine’s process is, as well as the roles we are currently working on, along with what our Clients’ expectations are.

9 March 2021 - 8:30am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: How to Find Work & Research Opportunities at UBC

Tue, March 9, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM See description. This offering will give an overview of the various work and research opportunities available to international students at UBC and provide insights to how to apply to programs, as well as making connections with faculty/staff at UBC.

9 March 2021 - 9:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Summer finances and job planning for international students | Webinar

Tue, March 9, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Join Enrolment Services Advisors as well as advisors from the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSI&C) and International Student Advising at this new workshop. We’ll be covering:

9 March 2021 - 11:00am Enrolment Services, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Virtual Networking Event: Meet Alumni Who Successfully Transitioned into The Canadian Labour Market

Tue, March 9, 2021 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM See description. This networking event will provide UBC’s International students an opportunity to connect with the international student alumni network in an effort to learn about the processes of getting hired and establishing career success in Canada. Students will have an opportunity to connect with alumni across Canada and in different industries.

9 March 2021 - 4:30pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer Virtual Information Session: L'OREAL FRANCE - Research & Innovation

Wed, March 10, 2021 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM See description. L’Oreal would like to invite you to an exciting online event, during which you will learn more about Research & Innovation at L’Oréal and be able to listen to testimony of one scientist. Following this presentation, you will have the opportunity to register for an individual interview and might be matched to a job offer.

10 March 2021 - 8:30am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Networking in a Digital Environment

Wed, March 10, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM See description. In this offering, students will learn strategies for online networking through demonstrations using LinkedIn as networking is one piece of the puzzle to job search effectively. (LinkedIn account not required for attendees.)

10 March 2021 - 9:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: My Career Story: My Non-Linear Career Path as an International Student

Wed, March 10, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM See description. Hear from our (4-5) speakers who have had non-linear career paths and have carved new professional opportunities. These panelists will speak about their experiences and how they leveraged their strengths as international students.

10 March 2021 - 4:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Virtual Networking Event: International Edition: Meet Alumni who are currently working in the Americas, Europe, Africa

Thu, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM See description. This networking session will provide international students with an opportunity to meet and mingle with international student alumni who have gone on to build their global careers. Students will have an opportunity to connect with alumni in various industries and global locations.

11 March 2021 - 9:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Networking with International Student Alumni Session: Meet Alumni who are currently working in Asia

Thu, March 11, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM See description. This networking session will provide international students with an opportunity to meet and mingle with international student alumni who have gone on to build their global careers. Students will have an opportunity to connect with alumni in various industries and global locations in Asia and Australia.

11 March 2021 - 7:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Non-academic Career options for STEM PhDs

What can grad students in STEM disciplines do with their PhD? Join Beyond the Professoriate as we host three PhDs for a conversation about career opportunities outside of academia.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

12 March 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
LCIC Presents: Resumes and Cover Letters: How To Leverage Your Experience To Get A Job

Fri, March 12, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. In this offering, students will get their resume ready for job search and learn how to effectively tailor applications to a particular job posting that highlights strengths and achievements.

12 March 2021 - 11:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LCIC Presents: Diversity & Inclusion in Careers with Cicely Blain

Sat, March 13, 2021 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM See description. In this closing event, students will participate in a workshop that investigates diversity and inclusion in a way that explores inclusive language, unconscious bias and respectful team building.

13 March 2021 - 9:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
LinkedIn

In today's world of work, having a professional LinkedIn profile is as important as having a resume. This session will provide suggestions and guidelines for digital networking and using LinkedIn as a career development tool. It will cover the following questions:

25 March 2021 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Non-academic career options for Humanities & Social Sciences

What can grad students in the Humanities and Social Sciences do with their PhD? Join L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) as she talks to three Humanities and Social Science PhDs about their career paths.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

26 March 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Summer finances and job planning for domestic students | Webinar

Wed, March 31, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. Join ES Advisors as well as advisors from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSI&C) to learn more about summer finances and job opportunities at this new workshop.
We'll be covering:

31 March 2021 - 1:00pm Enrolment Services, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Why leaving academia can be harder than it seems

PhDs can work wherever smart people are needed. But leveraging your education to build a new career comes with a range of challenges. Some of these are obvious: you need a resume instead of a C.V. You have to learn the language of non-academic employers. You’ll have to build a new community of practitioners who can help you build your new career.

9 April 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate

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 Services

Title Description Provider
One-to-One Advising, Career

Current UBC graduate students and recent alumni (within 1 year of graduation) can access individual advising appointments via Zoom, Skype, or phone. 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 .

If you are having difficulty identifying an appointment time that works with your schedule, please email to request an alternate time

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Graduate Career Advising

Same-day "drop-in" appointments are available on Friday mornings. These appointments become available for booking at 9am every Friday morning, and can be booked through Careers Online

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Coaching Opportunity: Appointments available to book

Several staff members on campus participated in UBC's Coaching for Career Influencers Program in 2019/20.  As part of our ongoing development as learner coaches, we are required to engage in 30-minute career coaching conversations.  These mutually beneficial one-to-one coaching conversations, exclusive to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, offer you a safe and confidential space to explore a concern or challenge you are experiencing and to work with you towards defining actionable goals for yourself, all while helping us enhance our coaching skills.  

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

 Resources

Title Description Provider
Online Job and Volunteer Board

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

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Resources for Students of Colour

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Resources for Students with Disabilities

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

Navigating your career options and seeking employment are two important components of your experience as a UBC student and future alumnus.  The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers has a resource page dedicated to answering your questions and providing campus & community resources to help you thrive.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Career Planning, Graduate

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

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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.

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.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Graduate Pathways to Success
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).

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, 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.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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.

iBiology
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.

alumni UBC, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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.

alumni UBC, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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?

Graduate Pathways to Success
"Your Next Step" Podcast

Do you want to feel inspired and motivated? Find out how, in the middle of a pandemic, our alumni from around the world are rethinking what it means to be a leader. Your Next Career Step is a podcast miniseries with a new episode airing every two weeks. On the first four episodes, we explore the idea of ‘Adapting through Change’. Now we will be taking you on a journey about exploring your possibilities.

alumni UBC