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
Employer On Campus: Sense Engineering

Mon, January 27, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM See description. Sense Engineering is a client-centric, building science and structural engineering consulting firm specializing in both existing and new buildings. We put our Clients’ needs first, explain their options clearly, and offer sensible solutions.

27 January 2020 - 5:30pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Preparing for the Non-Academic Job Market

This session teaches you how to think about the non-academic job search, and how non-academic employers think about people with graduate training and about job applicants in general. It shows you how to prepare to conduct a non-academic job search, should you ever want or need to, and discusses the mechanics of a search.

28 January 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Design Your Life

What do you want out of life, at UBC and beyond? This interactive session draws on the principles of Design Thinking to help participants begin to orient their plans and philosophy regarding their career and professional life, and for locating career within life overall. We’ll also use practical skills and exercises to develop tools for evaluating and investigating alternatives and choices.

28 January 2020 - 12:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer On Campus: Ledcor

Tue, January 28, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM See description. The Ledcor Group of Companies is one of North America's most diversified construction companies, serving the civil & infrastructure, oil & gas, pipeline, building, mining, power, and telecommunications sectors. Ledcor also owns operations in property investment, forestry, aviation, and marine transportation services.

28 January 2020 - 6:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer On Campus: Splunk

Tue, January 28, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM See description. Splunk offers the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. It enables the curious to look closely at what others ignore—machine data—and find what others never see: insights that can help make companies more productive, profitable, competitive and secure. What can you do with Splunk? Come and find out.

28 January 2020 - 6:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer On Campus: Communications Security Establishment

Wed, January 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. Imagine yourself working for an organization where you can explore a variety of new experiences, new ways of working… and make a real difference.

29 January 2020 - 12:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
My Career Story: Journeys in Entrepreneurship

Wed, January 29, 2020 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM See description. Considering entrepreneurship as a potential career direction or interested in learning more about what it means to be an entrepreneur? Join fellow UBC students for a special afternoon session hosted by UBC President & Vice-Chancellor, Santa J. Ono and Director, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Kim Kiloh.

29 January 2020 - 4:30pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer On Campus: Asana

Wed, January 29, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM See description. We believe interviewing is a skill that can be learned and practiced, and we want to empower you to showcase your engineering skills in technical interviews.

29 January 2020 - 6:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
How to Get Hired: Advice to PhDs from Hiring Managers (Webinar)

What do hiring managers look for in new employees? How can graduate students and PhDs communicate their value to potential employers and land a great post-PhD job? In this webinar, two PhDs — Josh Magsam, PhD (English, University of Oregon) and Melanie Nelson PhD (biochemistry, Scripps Research) — demystify the hiring process.

31 January 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Calgary Economic Development Information Session

Tue, February 11, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See description. Why consider Calgary to kick-start your career?
There’s a lot more happening in Calgary than you might expect.

11 February 2020 - 12:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer On Campus: New Gold Inc.

Tue, February 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM See description. New Gold is a Canadian-focused intermediate gold mining company. The Company has a portfolio of two core producing assets in a top-rated jurisdiction: the Rainy River Mine and New Afton Mine, both located in Canada. The Company also operates the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico (which transitioned to residual leaching in 2016).

11 February 2020 - 6:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Employer On Campus: Teck

Wed, February 12, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM See description. Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.

12 February 2020 - 6:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
PhD Careers in UX Research (Webinar)

User Experience (UX) Research is a growing career field where PhDs from humanities, social sciences, and STEM backgrounds have found and launched successful careers. In this webinar, Ali Colleen Neff, PhD (Senior UX Researcher, New Relic) and Timothy Price, PhD (Principal UX Researcher, WellSky) will talk about how they launched their careers in UX research.

14 February 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Panic to Power

Are you feeling uncertain or worried about getting experiences and making connections necessary for your journey at UBC and into meaningful work? Is the stress around pursuing your goals making you feel avoidant and unmotivated rather than confident and focused? You are not alone!

18 February 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

Discovering the Entrepreneur Within has participants analyze successful entrepreneurial ventures and identify what it took for those entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Using an interactive, team-based approach, this full-day workshop builds awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

19 February 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
What every PhD should know about using LinkedIn (Webinar)

Join Beyond the Professoriate co-founder L. Maren Wood, PhD for this 30 min webinar to learn how (and why!) every graduate student and PhD should be on LinkedIn!

20 February 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Using myIDP to Plan and Launch Your Post-PhD career (Webinar)

MyIDP (https://myidp.sciencecareers.org/) is a free tool designed to empower graduate students and postdocs in STEM to explore career options and leverage their training.

26 February 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
How to Navigate Academic Hiring (Webinar)

Are you on the academic job market or planning to apply for jobs soon? In this webinar, Loleen Berdahl, PhD (Professor and Head, Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan) will give you insight into what hiring committees expect of applicants and how you can confidently navigate the hiring process.

28 February 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
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.

21 April 2020 - 3:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
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.

23 April 2020 - 3:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training

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 Services

Title Description Provider
One-to-One Advising, Career

Advising is available by appointment at the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers in Brock Hall.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Graduate Career Advising

Graduate drop-in career advising hours take place on Fridays, from 10:00 a.m-12:00 pm. No appointment required-- please come to the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (Brock Hall, Room 1036, 1874 East Mall), and check in at the front desk.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

 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 you 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.

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