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

No matter which career path you choose to pursue, 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 sometimes postdocs).  

Explore our offerings, which are organized into three series: inquire, connect, and strategize. Or, jump right to our events, below, and join us for an event coming up soon. 

  1. Jan. 23, 2017Teaching Methods (CTE217)

    Most instructors teach the way they were taught, which may or may not be a good thing. This interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom. We will introduce the concept of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. In this workshop we will also discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and help you decide which ones are right for your classroom.

    Additional information: Registration required

  2. Jan. 25, 2017Giving quality feedback (CTE106)

    Academic work is constantly under review as instructors assess students' papers, supervisors guide students on theses, or students evaluate instructors teaching, only to name a few examples. In all of these cases, evaluative information is being given to one person by another as feedback has occurred. But was it helpful? Was it assimilated? Will it make a difference in the future?

  3. Jan. 27, 2017Grad writing cafe

    Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

    We’ll provide free coffee, tea, and snacks. Just come and write!

    Additional information: No need to register. Bring your laptop. All grads welcome!

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  1. Jan. 19, 2017Three PhD candidates join the GRADventure teamWinter 2017 GRADventure Specialists

    Over winter term 2017, PhD candidates Beth Timmers, Richard (Ruiqiang) Li, and Xiao-Bo Li are working on a range of projects in the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) which support graduate professional skills.

  2. Jan. 17, 20173MT: You absolutely can do thisCheryl Chan in the 2016 3MT competition

    Ultimately, I practiced a new skill, accomplished something that I never thought I could, and gained new perspective on my work. If you have registered for this year’s competition and are thinking, “I can’t do this,” I assure you: you absolutely can.

  3. Jan. 5, 2017Exploring Your Options: A Primer on Informational Interviewstwo people talking

    Recently, I decided to conduct an informational interview. I think it was the best decision I made in a long time. If you don't know what an informational interview is, basically, it’s when you interview someone who has a career that you might be interested in. You can find out first-hand what the job really entails, or about the path required to obtain that job.

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