​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. Nov. 23, 2017Literature reviews for grads (Part B): Writing it

    You already know about the Matrix Method from Literature Review Part A and have completed one. Now in Part B, learn to situate your research within the body of existing related scholarship. Bring your completed matrix and your ideas for how best to organize and present the research so that it meshes with your own contribution to the field.

    Register for the workshop through WCONLINE.

  2. Nov. 24, 2017Grad writing cafe (every Friday)

    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!

  3. Nov. 24, 2017How to Make Connections and Interview Effectively (Master’s Students)

    In this interactive half-day workshop, you’ll discuss the value of making connections, learn effective networking strategies and develop a “next steps” action plan. You’ll also improve your interview performance by translating academic language to industry language, applying strategies for answering interview questions and evaluating the effectiveness of responses to interview questions.

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  1. Nov. 8, 2017Experiencing GRADtalks through a kindred spirit’s eyesKaylen Pfisterer and Samantha Biglieri at the September 2017 GRADtalks event

    We are Kaylen Pfisterer and Samantha Biglieri, PhD students at the University of Waterloo. While we come from different disciplines – Systems Design Engineering and Planning – and are interested in different system boundaries – the food plate and the city – what brought us together is our passion and dedication to supporting health, aging and wellbeing through creative approaches.

  2. Oct. 24, 2017Learning personal effectiveness in grad school: Choosing to connect and practice mindfulnessstudent behind pile of books

    Last year, I started grad school. After taking four years away from academics, starting a Master’s program was a big transition. Between the mountain of readings, assignments, duties as a teaching assistant, and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development, I began to feel overwhelmed.

  3. Sep. 27, 2017Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist profile: Sarah HowardSarah Howard

    I am a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo, having just completed my MA in Political Science. My Master’s research focused on policy change initiated by coroner’s inquests following deaths in custody. I am excited to be remaining part of the UWaterloo community as the Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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