Professional development and careers

Jill Doucette founded Synergy, a green business consulting company, which was awarded the 2009 Nicol Entrepreneurial Award.
Jill Doucette founded Synergy, a green business consulting company, which was awarded the 2009 Nicol Entrepreneurial Award.

What is graduate student professional development?

Complementing academic and disciplinary knowledge, professional development is focused on expanding and/or integrating knowledge, skills and capacities to support you in meeting your career and life aspirations. 

As a UVic graduate student, we encourage you to engage in professional development planning throughout your time here. 

You can draw upon the expertise of your supervisor(s), graduate adviser and the university community to seek out resources related to your professional learning goals.

Check out the accordions below for resources available across campus.

Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) Graduate Certificate

The LATHE Program combines knowledge about teaching and learning across the disciplines to create a future professoriate fluent in the foundation principles of post-secondary instruction. It will challenge participants to reflect on their practical teaching activities in a scholarly way within their disciplinary context. Graduates of the LATHE program will be able to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in their own fields, thus preparing them to become life-long reflective and scholarly teachers.

  • Earn this graduate certifcate concurrently with UVic graduate degree
  • Be part of a program that is focused on your future. Enroll in the 16-month, part-time, 6.0-unit Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.

Learn more about why to earn a LATHE graduate certificate.

Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC)

The Learning and Teaching Centre offers teaching assistant (TA) and graduate student professional development programs. Choose from a range of training and professional development options to help you prepare for a role as future faculty. Visit the LTC website and check out their newsletter for more program and workshop information. 

Teaching assistant (TA) , Research Assistant (RA), Lab Instructor and more...


You can apply through your academic unit for paid employment as a teaching assistant (TA), research assistant (RA), scientific assistant, or laboratory instructor. TA employment is through your academic unit, not through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at rates of pay determined by the university. As a TA, you are covered by a collective agreement between CUPE local 4163 and UVic.

Individual faculty members with external research grants might employ you as an RA. The details of these appointments (salary, hours, etc.) are worked out between you and the faculty member.

Contact the graduate adviser in your academic unit and proposed supervisor for information about TA and RA positions. Get useful information for TAs through the Learning and Teaching Centre.

Work study

UVic's work study program provides on-campus work experience for students demonstrating financial need. The number of positions available is limited so there is no guarantee of job placement if you are qualified to participate in the program.

Co-operative Education and Career Services

Find out about co-operative education and career resources for graduate students on the Co-op and Career website.

There you'll find:

  • access to job postings for part-time, full-time, on-campus and off-campus jobs
  • how to meet with a career educator to discuss your career goals and how best to achieve them
  • career services to help you become highly employable through diverse resources such as:
    • The journey kit resources: research your career options, network and build professional relationships and explore job opportunities
    • The competency kit resources: build and understand core competencies and program-specific competencies valued by employers as well as professional competencies
    • The tool kit resources: put together a strong resume and cover letters, prepare for interviews, develop a career portfolio and apply to graduate or professional schools
    • Learn about what it takes to work abroad
    • Learn what it takes to work in Canada
    • Find out what you can do with your degree

Contact Co-operative Education and Career Services to make arrangements for one-on-one coaching related to:

  • career research and planning
  • work search process
  • skills assessment
  • resume/cv/cover letter review
  • interview preparation

The Centre for Academic Communications

The Centre for Academic Communications offers one-on-one tutoring and workshops to help you become a more effective and efficient writer.

Check out resources and workshops available for graduate students.

Pathways to Success - Graduate Student Professional Development Program

A suite of expert panels and workshops are offered throughout the academic year to the graduate student community as a forum to share ideas and develop skills in support of academic and career success. Sessions focus on the exploration of post-degree opportunties, incorporating career development and preparation as part of one's academic studies, assessment and project management strategies and tips for finding an academic job.

Program schedule is available from Co-operative Education and Career Services

The Pathways to Success - Graduate Student Professional Development Program is an annual event organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Learning and Teaching Centre, Co-operative Education and Career Services and Counselling Services.

Presentation videos

The videos below cover many of the presentations offered as part of the 2011 program.

Plenary: Professional development in graduate education

Gweneth Doane, Associate Dean
Faculty of Graduate Studies

Examine the professional development within your own graduate education including the knowledge and skills that might complement your academic credentials, enhance employability and support the successful transition from your graduate program to a meaningful work life.

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Session: Getting from here to there: career planning for life after grad school

Norah McRae, Executive Director
Co-operative Education and Career Services

An overview of suggestions for preparing your own career journey and the resources available to you at UVic. Topics covered include career preparation, planning and development with a focus on discovering and developing your unique competencies to be successful in your career search.

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Session: CVs and resumes for graduate students

Ian Robertson, Career Educator
Lynn McCaughey, Career Educator
Co-operative Education and Career Services

A review of the purposes and structures of resumes and CVs to help you assess whether you will need both. Resources and services available to you on campus to support you in building your resume and CV are also considered.

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Session: Attracting the attention of a hiring committee

Marty Wall, Teaching Consultant
Cynthia Korpan
, TA Training Program Coordinator
Learning and Teaching Centre

UVic's PD-PUT program provides graduate students with certification for participating in a sequence of workshops, practica, and teaching activities including hands-on preparation for post degree job seeking. The program also guides the production of a teaching dossier that will make you stand out from other job applicants.

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Slides, handouts and additional resources

Presentation slides, handouts and resource lists from the 2011 Pathways to Success summit:

Professional development
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Graduate Students' Society

Program information