Where will a graduate degree take you?

Go beyond your program’s degree requirements and milestones to explore where your studies can take you. Whether you pursue a future career in Academia, Industry, or want to build your own start-up, Waterloo Engineering has supportive programs to help you get there.

Focus on one career path, or explore them all

You can explore the different professional development activities that can lead you to a variety of careers in diverse industries.

The vast number of workshops, training sessions, conferences, certificates, and experiential programming at your disposal will help you pave your path to success and support your individual career development.

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Academic career pathways

Academia

 
Academic career pathways

Enhance your skills and gain the experience that can help you start your career as a professor, teacher or researcher at any university or college.

University of Waterloo has a reputation in academia; our world-renowned faculty members and graduate researchers are known for solving problems that change the world we live in.

 

Teaching instruction courses

TEACHING INSTRUCTION COURSES

Develop and strengthen your teaching skills:

> Fundamentals of University Teaching (FUT)

> Certificate of University Teaching (CUT)

Offered through the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Graduate studies research travel assistantship

GRADUATE STUDIES RESEARCH TRAVEL ASSISTANTSHIP

Apply for funding to attend professional conferences and present your research

Offered through UWaterloo's Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF)

Mitacs step at the centre for career action

MITACS STEP

Training and skill development in:

> Project management

> Interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills

Offered through Co-operative Education & Centre for Career Action, partnered with Mitacs Step

Writing and communications workshops

WRITING AND COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOPS

Attend grad specific workshops on:

> Grad Writing Cafe

> Dissertation Boot Camp

> Speak like a Scholar

> Fundamentals for Writing your Thesis

> Support for Postdoctoral Fellows as Writers

> Support for Predoctoral Fellows as Instructors

Offered through the Writing and Communication Centre

Volunteer with engineering outreach

VOLUNTEER WITH ENGINEERING OUTREACH

Gain experience and give back to the community

Offered through Engineering Community Outreach 

Become a teaching assistant or sessional lecturer

BECOME A TEACHING ASSISTANT OR SESSIONAL LECTURER

Teaching assistantships offer graduate students the chance to support the learning of undergraduates while building skills that will support them in their own academic careers. 

Three minute thesus

THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION (3MT)

Develop and refine your presentation and research communication skills in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Compete in the Engineering division, with the chance to move on to the university, provincial and national level

Academic interview workshops

ACADEMIC INTERVIEW WORKSHOPS

Become better prepared for an academic interview. Learn about a typical campus interview schedule, how to analyze interview questions, and evaluate and develop effective responses.

Offered through Co-operative Education & Centre for Career Action

Writing instruction courses

WRITING INSTRUCTION COURSES

Attend workshops on a variety of communication-related topics throughout the term that are designed to help students engage with a particular topic through participation and practice.

Offered through the Writing and Communication Centre

Leadership certificate

LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE

The Student Leadership Program (SLP) is a broad-based, experiential series of workshops available to current students.

Offered through the Student Success Office

Academic career conference

ACADEMIC CAREER CONFERENCE

Full-day conference to better prepare you for the academic work search, including document and interview preparation as well as advice and insights from faculty members.

Offered through the Centre for Career Action

Teaching assistant training

TEACHING ASSISTANT TRAINING

ExpecTAtions is a mandatory two-day workshop for students who wish to become a Teaching Assistant.  Students who attend and successfully complete all required components receive a certificate noting their achievement.

Offered through the Faculty of Engineering's ExpecTAtions course

 

Industry

 
Industry career pathways

Build your network and develop transferable skills that are highly sought-after by top employers.

Waterloo Region is one of Canada's leading technology hubs; it's a place where industry-leading businesses thrive. Many of our graduate students research solutions for relevant problems in industry and our faculty members are well connected and develop lasting partnerships with key industry players.

 

Career exploration with a graduate career advisor

CAREER EXPLORATION WITH A GRADUATE CAREER ADVISOR

Meet with one of the two career advisors who specialize in graduate students' career development

Offered through the Centre for Career Action

Career fairs and industry networking

CAREER FAIRS AND INDUSTRY NETWORKING

Attend on campus industry events and networking opportunities 

Offered through the Centre for Career Action

Three minute thesus

THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION (3MT)

Develop and refine your presentation and research communication skills in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Compete in the Engineering division, with the chance to move on to the university, provincial and national level

Mitacs step at the centre for career action

MITACS STEP

Training and skill development in:

> Project management

> Interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills

Offered through Co-operative Education & Centre for Career Action, partnered with Mitacs Step

Centre for career action graduate workshops

CENTRE FOR CAREER ACTION GRADUATE WORKSHOPS

Attend workshops covering topics such as:

> Parallel Career Planning

> Translating Academic Experience to Industry

Offered through the Co-operative Education & Centre for Career Action

Conference for non-academic careers

CONFERENCE FOR NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS

Take part in conferences designed to better prepare PhD students and post docs for careers outside of academia

Offered through  GRADventure Professional Skills initiative

Volunteer with engineering outreach

VOLUNTEER WITH ENGINEERING OUTREACH

Gain experience and give back to the community

Offered through Engineering Community Outreach 

Writing instruction courses

WRITING INSTRUCTION COURSES

Attend workshops on a variety of communication-related topics throughout the term that are designed to help students engage with a particular topic through participation and practice.

Offered through the Writing and Communication Centre

 

Build a start-up

 
Startup pathways

Access the space, tools resources and mentorship you need to take your idea from product creation to commercialization.

In the pursuit of tackling real-world problems through their research, many of our graduate students turn their solutions into real businesses. Local incubator programs, coupled with a thriving start-up ecosystem make Waterloo the spot where entrepreneurial dreams become a reality.

 

Writing and communications workshops

WRITING AND COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOPS

Attend grad specific workshops on:

> Grad Writing Cafe

> Dissertation Boot Camp

> Speak like a Scholar

> Fundamentals for Writing your Thesis

> Support for Postdoctoral Fellows as Writers

> Support for Predoctoral Fellows as Instructors

Offered through the Writing and Communication Centre

Mitacs step at the centre for career action

MITACS STEP

Training and skill development in:

> Project management

> Interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills

Offered through Co-operative Education & Centre for Career Action, partnered with Mitacs Step

Accelerator centre workshops

ACCELERATOR CENTRE WORKSHOPS

The Accelerator Centre is an award-winning startup accelerator dedicated to building and scaling sustainable, globally competitive companies and giving startups the highest probability of long-term success.

Learn more about services offered through Accelerator Centre

Volunteer with engineering outreach

VOLUNTEER WITH ENGINEERING OUTREACH

Gain experience and give back to the community

Offered through Engineering Community Outreach 

Graduate studies research travel assistantship

GRADUATE STUDIES RESEARCH TRAVEL ASSISTANTSHIP

Apply for funding to attend professional conferences and present your research

Offered through UWaterloo's Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF)

Velocity

VELOCITY

A one-stop-shop for all things entrepreneurship:

> Velocity Workshops

> Velocity Garage incubator

> Velocity Residence

> Start-up coaching

Learn more about how Velocity can support you

Take business, entrepreneurship and technology courses

TAKE BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND TECHNOLOGY COURSES

The Conrad School is the academic engine for entrepreneurship on campus, offering programs that are entrepreneurial by design.

Offered through the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business

Entrepreneurship workshops

ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOPS

Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur through on-going workshops hosted in partnership with Velocity . 

Offered through Co-operative Education & Centre for Career Action

Conference for non-academic careers

CONFERENCE FOR NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS

Take part in conferences designed to better prepare PhD students and post docs for careers outside of academia

Offered through  GRADventure Professional Skills initiative

Leadership certificate

LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE

The Student Leadership Program (SLP) is a broad-based, experiential series of workshops available to current students.

Offered through the Student Success Office

Three minute thesus

THREE MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION (3MT)

Develop and refine your presentation and research communication skills in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Compete in the Engineering division, with the chance to move on to the university, provincial and national level

 
 

Student Stories

 
Mohammed Nasser

Mohammed Nasser

While pursuing his PhD, Mohammed discovered a passion for teaching, starting as a Teaching Assistant with a dream of becoming a teacher. He leveraged the professional development resources on-campus to help him turn that passion into a fulfilling career as an Instructor and Lab Developer at University of Waterloo.

Mohammed earned numerous teaching awards throughout his graduate career, including the Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional teaching by a student and was included each term on the Dean’s List for outstanding teaching.

"My success is largely due to the many options offered free of charge to all students. These opportunities have greatly enriched my study and career here at UWaterloo." - Mohammed Nasser, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Anjie Liu

Anjie Liu

Anjie Liu, a civil engineering graduate student, is using simulation software to help traffic controllers decrease vehicle emissions. Her research leverages technology and data from Miovision, a world-leading company in smart cities.

This past year, Anjie competed in the University's 3MT competition. Participating in this competition helped her develop presentation and communication skills, while providing invaluable networking opportunities.

 
 

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