​GRADventure is a central hub of professional development resources designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. It is offered by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with campus partners. 

Whether you are pursuing an academic or non-academic career, or you're still exploring your career options, we've got you covered.

GRADventure is a "one-stop shop," where you'll find relevant resources, special events listings, and details about upcoming workshops that were designed for you. We know that graduate students have unique needs when it comes to professional development; that's why GRADventure events and resources are open exclusively to graduate students (and usually postdocs).  

Explore our offerings, which are organized into three series — inquire, connect, and strategize — to focus on skills most important to your unique professional development needs. Or, jump right to our events, below, and join us for an event coming up soon. 

  1. June 19, 2018Giving quality feedback (CTE106)

    In this workshop, we will explore how to become better recipients and givers of feedback in the academic setting. We will discuss relevant concepts regarding feedback, then demonstrate strategies and provide tips to help achieve effective feedback communication. You will also have an opportunity to evaluate and discuss sample feedback practices through group work activities.

    Additional information: Registration required

  2. June 20, 2018Overcoming Impostor Syndrome (CTE184)

    Uncomfortable with the transition from “learner” to “expert”, many new TAs/course instructors question whether they are capable of performing their role. This workshop delves into the “Impostor Phenomenon,” a term used to describe feelings of incompetence despite evidence of competence. In general, the literature suggests that greater awareness of the Impostor Phenomenon, both in oneself and others, is the first step towards breaking the cycle of behaviour.

  3. June 21, 2018Improve Your Interview Skills (for Graduate Students and Postdocs)

    In this interactive workshop, you’ll practice translating academic language to industry language, apply strategies for answering interview questions and evaluate the effectiveness of responses to interview questions.

    Additional information: Registration required.

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  1. June 14, 2018Unexpected benefits: My LaTeX workshop experienceComputer screen with code

    I am an international student from Nigeria, and chose to apply to graduate studies at University of Waterloo because of my quest for innovation. My arrival at Waterloo came with mixed feelings: the joy of starting graduate studies and the sorrow of leaving my friends behind. But, I found a way out.

  2. May 24, 2018"Distract" yourself with general audience presentationsHand holding a photo that matches the surroundings

    When I was invited to be one of two speakers in a recent GRADtalks evening on tipping points in complex systems, I was excited. I thought “great, I just did an academic conference presentation on basically the same topic – tipping point in the energy transition –  I’ll be able to pull this together without distracting from my work or taking too much time.” Well, I was wrong about the time.

  3. May 1, 2018Career crossroads: Expanding your career search beyond academiaBlank street crossing sign

    “A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usually a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.”

    –Tom Freston​

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