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
Graduate Wellness Group Discussion: Career Uncertainty

This is the second event in a 4 part Graduate Wellness Group Discussion Series and will be focused on Career Uncertainty.

Tuesday, Oct 20 | 12 – 1: 30 pm

Register

20 October 2020 - 12:00pm Counselling Services, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Job Search Strategies

Tue, October 20, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. Learn the best ways to go about looking for work both online and in-person, and learn different strategies to access the hidden job market.

To register for this event: RSVP on CareersOnline

20 October 2020 - 1:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Finding and Applying for a Job

Many graduate students feel unsure how to describe their skills and competencies to non-academic employers. This workshop will address common questions about how to highlight accomplishments, transferable skills, and appeal to non-academic employers in a range of sectors. We’ll also cover strategies for looking for work and approaches to access the hidden job market.

21 October 2020 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Interview Preparation

Wed, October 21, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. Want some tried and tested tips for getting interview-ready? Come to this session to learn and practice flexible and effective strategies to maximize your interview preparation.

21 October 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Graduate School: Planning Your Application

Wed, October 21, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM See description. Gain strategies for how to approach the typical graduate school application and respond to questions like “what do you hope to learn?” or “why this program?”. We will review resources for preparing a CV, statement of intent/personal statement, and requesting reference letters.

21 October 2020 - 4:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Resume and Cover Letter

Thu, October 22, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM See description. Get your resume ready and learn to effectively tailor your application to a particular job posting that highlights your achievements. Please bring a resume, cover letter, and a copy of any job posting to which you may be applying.

22 October 2020 - 3:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Community Connection Series: Thriving through Racial Barriers

Thu, October 22, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM See description. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers is excited to introduce and invite you to participate in our new networking series, Community Connection Series.

22 October 2020 - 5:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
What Every STEM PhD Should Know About Working in Industry

How can grad students and postdocs in STEM prepare for work outside of academia? In this panel discussion, three STEM PhDs share their experiences of searching for jobs in industry and what they had to learn in their new careers.

23 October 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Webinar: Panic to Power - Build Your Confidence

Fri, October 23, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM See description. If your stress or nervousness is getting in your way, this workshop will offer useful information and effective coping strategies to turn your unease into motivated, productive energy that will help you approach your goals with increased comfort and confidence.

23 October 2020 - 4:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Feeling Stuck or Unsure

Mon, October 26, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM See description. Bring your questions and get resources that will help you take action towards your goals.

To register for this event: RSVP on CareersOnline

26 October 2020 - 5:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
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.

27 October 2020 - 4:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Designing Your Life

Tue, October 27, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM See description. Each day is an opportunity to think like a designer - to be curious, try things out, collaborate with others, reflect, and be mindful when making choices. In this workshop, we challenge you to think about the multiple possible futures you can design for your life and career.

27 October 2020 - 4:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer Virtual Information Session: Vale Canada

Tue, October 27, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM See description. Vale is a global mining company with headquarters in Brazil, and operations in over 30 countries. We are leaders in the production of iron ore and the second largest producer of nickel.

27 October 2020 - 5:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Interview Preparation

Wed, October 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM See description. Want some tried and tested tips for getting interview-ready? Come to this session to learn and practice flexible and effective strategies to maximize your interview preparation.

28 October 2020 - 12:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Leveraging your Strengths to Strategize for Success

Update October 20th: This session is cancelled due to low registration. Please register for the alternative session on Tuesday, October 27th (here)

29 October 2020 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Job Search Strategies

Thu, October 29, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. Learn the best ways to go about looking for work both online and in-person, and learn different strategies to access the hidden job market.

To register for this event: RSVP on CareersOnline

29 October 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Resume and Cover Letter

Fri, October 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. Get your resume ready and learn to effectively tailor your application to a particular job posting that highlights your achievements. Please bring a resume, cover letter, and a copy of any job posting to which you may be applying.

30 October 2020 - 1:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Designing Your Life

Mon, November 2, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM See description. Each day is an opportunity to think like a designer - to be curious, try things out, collaborate with others, reflect, and be mindful when making choices. In this workshop, we challenge you to think about the multiple possible futures you can design for your life and career.

2 November 2020 - 12:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Job Search Strategies

Tue, November 3, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. Learn the best ways to go about looking for work both online and in-person, and learn different strategies to access the hidden job market.

To register for this event: RSVP on CareersOnline

3 November 2020 - 1:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Webinar: Interview Preparation

Wed, November 4, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM See description. Want some tried and tested tips for getting interview-ready? Come to this session to learn and practice flexible and effective strategies to maximize your interview preparation.

4 November 2020 - 2:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

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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, and will continue throughout the summer months. 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

Over the past several months, several colleagues on campus participated in UBC's Coaching for Career Influencers Program.  As part of our ongoing development as learner coaches, we are required to engage in a minimum of 20 x 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