Career workshops for graduate students

Career and professional development series

What lies beyond graduate school for you? Explore future career paths at these free sessions offered this fall.

  • Learn how to transition from grad school to a career
  • Discover current labour market info for academic and non-academic careers
  • Hear from panels and speakers on landing an academic job or carving out a career outside academia

... and more!

Also check out the online Graduate Student Resource Hub (see below) for free access to grad student resources anytime!

Register for this event (in the LIM calendar under the 'events' tab) or stop by on the day.

If accessibility accommodations are needed for this event, please let us know as far in advance as possible.

JANUARY 2017 SESSIONS

Click on a session name for the description. Register for these graduate student sessions at learninginmotion.uvic.ca (under the events tab), unless otherwise indicated. Locations will be announced in late December/early January.

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Thurs, Jan 12
3-4:30 p.m.

Clearihue A206


Landing an Academic Job: the Role of the Teaching Dossier and the LATHE Program


Learning and Teaching Centre
Register

Fri, Jan 20
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

Professional Presentation Skills

Co-op and Career
Register

FEBRUARY 2017 SESSIONS

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Fri, Feb 3
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

Interview Clinic

Co-op and Career
Register

Thurs, Feb 23
3 - 4:30 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

Developing Strong Professional Relationships to Support your Career Goals

Co-op and Career
Register

MARCH 2017 SESSIONS

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Thurs, Mar 16
3-4:30 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

The Labour Market and Work Search Strategies

Co-op and Career

Register

APRIL 2017 SESSIONS

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Thurs, Apr 20
3 - 4:30 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

Maintaining Momentum

Co-op and Career/Counselling Services
Register

Session descriptions - January 2017:

Landing an Academic Job: the Role of the Teaching Dossier and the LATHE Program: Experienced TAs and senior PhD students who are considering pursuing an academic career will be interested in attending this session about the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) Graduate Certificate. LATHE prepares graduate students to teach effectively in higher education in order to compete in the academic job market. The teaching dossier is the most effective way to document your teaching for future job applications. The most important part of the dossier is the narrative statement that guides the reader through the supporting documentary evidence. This workshop will inform you of the LATHE program, assist you in developing your narrative, and outline an effective structure for organizing your materials. The workshop is for graduate students who plan to apply for teaching jobs! Register

Professional Presentation Skills
Graduate students present in class all the time, but presenting your research to your peers, an academic committee or a conference group is a bit different. Sometimes, they know more than you do; sometimes, they know less. Sometimes they want to hear you, and sometimes they’d rather be out sailing. How do great presenters get their material across successfully? They make the topic understandable, relate it to what the audience already knows and encourage feedback. Key points we’ll cover in this 1.5 hour session include knowing your audience, preparing your materials and delivery, and making it look effortless. Register

Session descriptions - February 2017:

Interview Clinic For Graduate Students
Getting ready to interview for part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities or the career-track position of your dreams? Check out this interactive workshop led by our career educators, where you'll learn about the most common types of interview questions, practice your answers and get feedback to help you handle interviews with confidence. Register

Developing Strong Professional Relationships to Support Your Career Goals
At least 70% of jobs are found through networking—this is a session you can’t afford to miss! Discover how using the “right approach” in person and online can help you turn your existing academic and business connections into future career opportunities. We’ll discuss strategies to strengthen and widen your professional network, including the dos and don’ts of networking, tips on how to make the process easier and what to keep in mind when networking online. Register

Session descriptions - March 2017:

The Labour Market and Work Search Strategies
What does it take to find meaningful work? In this interactive session designed specifically for graduate students, you’ll learn about trends in the labour market that impact academic and non-academic careers as well as effective strategies for your work search. Register

Session descriptions - April 2017:

Maintaining Momentum
Whether you’re searching for work or completing your graduate program, this session will provide tools, strategies and support to help you maintain momentum while you find work and create the career you want. Register

Join the online Graduate Student Resource Hub for free access to career information, services and tools especially for grad students like you!

To get access, just email careers@uvic.ca: please mark the subject as "Graduate Student Resource Hub" and include your name and student number. You can also call 250-721-8421 with your information.

In addition to the workshop slides, you'll find articles, videos and other materials to help you:

  • connect with potential employers interested in your education and experience
  • find satisfying work that uses what you've learned in grad school
  • build relationships while in grad school to support your career development
  • write a strong CV and résumé
  • develop skills that employers are looking for

The conference took page on November 9, 2016. We'll be hosting another conference in November 2017 - here's the 2016 conference schedule to give you an idea of next year's schedule.

Register for this free kick-off conference to:

  • discover how your strengths as a graduate student can contribute to your career success
  • hear from professionals who are working in academia, government, not-for-profit and private industry
  • learn skills to maximize your career exploration and work search

Register at learninginmotion.uvic.ca (under the events tab). Registrants must attend the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. sessions and are encouraged to attend the full conference.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Explore the sessions below (click on a session name for the description and use the Register link to sign up). All sessions for the kick-off conference take place in David Turpin A102.

9 - 9:30 a.m. - Registration and welcome

The formal program begins at 9:30 - stop by early to register and get settled.

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - You, Graduate School and Your Career (a two-part workshop)*

*You must register for both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop series if you want to take part.

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Part 1: Connecting Yourself, Your Studies and Your Career Presented by Counselling Services
Register
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Part 2: Finding Meaningful Work Presented by Co-op and Career
Register

12:45 - 4:30 p.m. - Afternoon sessions

12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Panel: Landing Your First Academic Job Presented by the Learning and Teaching Centre
Register
2:30 - 4 p.m. Panel: Career Paths Outside of Academia Presented by Co-op and Career
Register

Session descriptions:

You, Graduate School and Your Career: Part 1 - Connecting your self, your studies and your career*
How can your graduate education best contribute to your career development? What transferrable skills do you want to use in your next job? How do you connect your values, skills and lifestyle to your career path? This workshop focuses on professional development for graduate students. It will help you recognize your core motivators, research careers, network and understand more about how to move towards a rewarding career. *This is a two-part workshop. Participants must register for Part 1 and Part 2. Register

You, Graduate School and Your Career: Part 2 - Finding meaningful work*
What does it take to find meaningful work? In this interactive session designed specifically for graduate students, you’ll learn about trends in the labour market that impact academic and non-academic careers as well as effective strategies for your work search. It will help you research careers, network and understand more about how to move towards a rewarding career. *This is a two-part workshop. Participants must register for Part 1 and Part 2. Register

Landing Your First Academic Job (panel)
A successful career as a faculty member takes planning. This workshop is a great opportunity for graduate students to consider what you can do now to prepare for an academic career and the academic job market. You’ll learn about the application process and what to expect from interviews for faculty positions. A panel of new and experienced professors will share their experiences and tips for impressing the search committee. Finally, we’ll talk about strategies for negotiating your first offer of employment as a faculty member. Register

Career Paths Outside of Academia (panel)
Not sure what career options are available outside of academia? In the current labour market, many areas of industry are actively recruiting graduate students for their strong research skills and areas of specialization. This panel will discuss how to transfer your skills from an academic environment to other sectors. Our panelists will share with you their own success stories and strategies for moving into industry. Register

PANELISTS:

Michael Kuzyk (PhD Microbiology and Biochemistry), Head Brewer and Founder with Category 12 Brewing
Category 12’s head brewer and founder, Michael Kuzyk, has been brewing beer for nearly 20 years and received his doctorate in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Victoria. After stints at various biotech and academic research institutions, Michael and his partner Karen embarked on starting Category 12 Brewing.
 Category 12 Brewing has been 20 years in the making as Michael started brewing his own beer in the mid-1990s, during graduate studies. Decades later, his passion for brewing finally prevailed. After winning a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in their first year, Category 12 Brewing is poised to become one of Victoria’s preeminent destination craft breweries. Local residents and community are all welcomed into their West Coast growler filling shop, where craft beer always comes first. To repeatedly produce top quality craft beers that stand out from the crowd–and keep customers returning for more–requires both creativity and intense attention to detail. We’ve got both. Welcome to our lab.

Jenn Neilson (PhD Philosophy), Provincial Coordinator, French Education Branch with the BC Government
Jenn is originally from Vancouver, and completed a BA and MA at UBC before pursuing her PhD in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 201 After exploring graphic design as a possible career path, in 2012 Jenn began working as a grant administrator with the Culture Division of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Since 2015, she has been with the BC Ministry of Education, where she runs French bursary and exchange programs for teachers and students. In 2013, Jenn launched Jill and Jack Kids, a clothing label that aims to fight gender stereotypes in kids’ clothing, on Kickstarter, raising over $20,000. Jill and Jack Kids has been featured in The Globe and Mail, and on CNN.com, Today.com, and Upworthy as part of Clothes Without Limits. Jenn is a volunteer member of the Advisory Group for Create Victoria the 5-year Arts and Culture Master Plan that is currently being developed by the City of Victoria.

Byron Plant (PhD History), Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst, Policy and Strategic Initiatives Branch, RoadSafetyBC, with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Byron is a Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Part of the Policy and Strategic Initiatives Branch in RoadSafetyBC, Byron works on policies and legislation aimed at reducing driving-related fatalities and accidents in BC. He previously worked as a Legislative Analyst in the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. Prior to joining the BC public service, Byron was a Parliamentary Committee Research Analyst at the Legislative Assembly of BC from 2010 to 2014. He also worked as a Reference Researcher at the Legislative Library from 2008 to 2010. Byron has a PhD in History from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MA and BA from the University of Victoria.

Tami Tate (MA in Sports Administration), CEO of 365 Day Media Group
Tami Tate graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in Recreation Administration and an MA in Sports Administration. Since graduating in 1992, her career path has taken a number of turns, starting with the Provincial Government and eventually becoming the owner of Triple T Consulting & Event Management for 17 years. Over the years, her love for the marketing and promotions side of event planning grew which saw the eventual launch of 365 Day Media Group in 2015. Her passion is creating relationships, with an emphasis on connecting people and businesses. Rather than just being another marketing company, she decided to develop a unique business model. One that would benefit university students, who she saw as needing flexible work hours and experience. With strong leadership and training, the perfect partnership was formed. 365 Day Media Group provides clients with excellent and engaging social media marketing while using the creative minds of university students. It is a partnership that benefits both the business community and the bright futures of tomorrow. Passionate about her community, Tami is also on the organizing committee for 100+ Women Who Care Victoria, helping to raise funds for charities in Victoria.

Jessica Natale Wollard (MA English), Communications Officer with the Greater Victoria Public Library
Jessica Natale Woollard, MA '07, is a communications officer with the Greater Victoria Public Library, where she helps to promote the library’s services and programs. Storytelling is her specialty, whether she communicates through creative marketing copy, social media, public relations, or feature writing. Over the last decade, she has worked as a researcher, teacher, freelance writer, and communications professional for not-for-profits in Greater Victoria. Pursuing a side career as a freelancer, Jessica writes for magazines, blogs, and corporate publications. Her work has appeared in Fresh Cup Magazine, BC Ferries OnBoard and UVic’s Torch, to name a few.

The following sessions took page in November 2017. Additional sessions are taking place in the spring of 2017.

OTHER NOVEMBER 2016 SESSIONS

Register for these graduate student sessions at learninginmotion.uvic.ca (under the events tab), unless otherwise indicated. Click on a session name for the description.

WHEN

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Tues, Nov 15
9 - 11 a.m.

McPherson Library 129

Impress Employers by Knowing your Strengths

Co-op and Career
Register

Thurs, Nov 17
3 - 4:30 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

Build Effective CVs, Résumés and Cover Letters

Co-op and Career
Register

Thurs, Nov 24
3 - 4:30 p.m.

McPherson Library A003

Interview Clinic

Co-op and Career
Register

Tues, Nov 29
3 - 4:30 p.m.

McPherson Library A209

Building your Professional Profile on LinkedIn

Co-op and Career
Register

Session descriptions:

Impress Employers by Knowing your Strengths: As graduate students you develop valuable skills and knowledge through coursework, research, thesis writing, TAing and other activities. The challenge is to express the value of these strengths to potential employers. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and describe these strengths to employers to clearly demonstrate the value you can bring to their organizations. Register

Build Effective CVs, Résumés and Cover Letters: Through instruction and hands-on activities, this workshop will help you:

  • Design and use résumés and CVs effectively
  • Deconstruct job postings to assess employers’ needs and guide your application process
  • Market your education, skills and experience on résumés, CVs and cover letters to demonstrate your value to employers
  • Register

Interview Clinic
Getting ready to interview for part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities or the career-track position of your dreams? Check out this interactive workshop led by our career educators, where you'll learn about the most common types of interview questions, practice your answers and get feedback to help you handle interviews with confidence. Register

Building Your Professional Profile on LinkedIn
Learn how to monitor your online presence and use LinkedIn to find less-advertised job opportunities and build your network. Register