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
Alumni Office Hours with Alyssa Koonar | Senior HR Assistant, Amazon | How to Make a Positive First Impression: Start a New Job, First Day, Probationary Period

Tue, May 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM See description. HOW TO MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION: START A NEW JOB, FIRST DAY, PROBATIONARY PERIOD

18 May 2021 - 12:00pm alumni UBC, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Confident Public Speaking and Communication: A tactical approach

This will be an interactive session where participants will be presenting in small groups and in front of the larger group. Participants will be expected to communicate through chat, video, and audio. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
 
•    Create impactful opening and closing statements
•    Transition between topics and ideas smoothly

19 May 2021 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Careers in FinTech - Connect with Professionals from RBC and more in the FinTech sector!

Tue, May 25, 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM See description. Financial technology - or “FinTech” has disrupted the traditional finance industry by offering a diverse and contemporary alternative to conventional financial services. As of 2019, Canadian FinTech adoption has increased from 8% in 2015 to 50%. Canada recorded $2.7 billion of investment in the Industry in 2019.

25 May 2021 - 3:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Resume and Cover Letter

Cover Letters and Resumes are crucial elements of a job application package. This workshop will help you understand:

  • The purpose of a resume versus a cover letter
  • How they are structured, and
  • Strategies for using those document to highlight your accomplishments and motivations

The live session will include opportunities for Q & A.

26 May 2021 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Interviews

Interviews are one of the most stressful elements in the job search process. This workshop will cover the following aspects of the interview process:

2 June 2021 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Getting the Most Out of your Academic Experience: Designing your Grad School Strategy

Take the lead of your education and hone your career intentions!
Graduate students today have a plethora of academic and professional opportunities they may engage in during their graduate journey.  There are also many ways to define success both within and after graduate school.

3 June 2021 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Personal Statements: Writing

Tue, June 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. The personal statement is written for admission to graduate and professional programs at academic institutions like UBC. But what does personal mean in an academic context? How do writers construct an appropriate professional identity?

8 June 2021 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
COVID-19 and its Impact on the Labour Market

The COVID-19 crisis has led to great uncertainty around the job market and the availability of work for advanced degree holders from across multiple sectors.

22 June 2021 - 9:00am Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Alumni Office Hours with Mareike Entzian | Senior Product Specialist, Google | How to Start Out in Tech, Without Being Techy?

Tue, June 22, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM See description. The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, in partnership with the UBC Hub of Ten Thousand Coffees, is excited to bring you a virtual mentorship and networking opportunity to connect with UBC Alumna, Mareike Entzian. This event is open to all students and alumni.

22 June 2021 - 11:00am Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Job Negotiation

Negotiation is a common part of the hiring process, and many applicants find this part intimidating. This workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of negotiating your job offer
  • Things you can negotiate, and
  • Tips and strategies for job negotiation

This session also includes an interactive part to practice job negotiation with your peers.

23 June 2021 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Academic CV

Your CV is one of the most important components of your profile as an academic and researcher. If you have questions about organization, structure, or how to use the CV to highlight your accomplishments, you may benefit from this workshop.

7 July 2021 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Statements of Teaching Philosophy: Writing

Thu, August 12, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Increasingly, faculty positions in research and teaching streams require a statement of teaching philosophy as one component of a teaching portfolio or dossier. Teaching statements reflect personal beliefs about teaching and learning, but also reflect disciplinary cultures and institutional structures and norms in a particular context.

12 August 2021 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

 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
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)

Graduate Pathways to Success