​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. Dec. 10 to 13, 2018Dissertation boot camp

    Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to help dissertation writers get a jump start on meeting their writing goals.

    The December 2018 iteration of Dissertation Boot Camp will be hosted online. This intensive program runs Monday, December 10 to Thursday, December 13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Additional Information: Application required. Please use the Google form to apply by November 1, 2018. 

  2. Dec. 11, 2018Grad writing cafe (every Tuesday)

    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 and your own mug. All grads welcome!

  3. Dec. 18, 2018Professional Skills Foundations: Introductory WorkshopProfessional Skills Foundations logo

    This introductory workshop is a requirement for participating in the Professional Skills Foundations program, a new professional skills credential for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. 

    In this workshop, you will learn about the credential, complete a skills assessment exercise, and begin to create an Individual Development Plan that will guide the rest of your progress through the Professional Skills Foundations program. 

    Additional Information: Registration required through Eventbrite.

All upcoming events
  1. Oct. 31, 2018Cross-cultural leadership from Canada to France to China and back: My Mitacs journey as a global citizenJustine Salam with Globalink Research Interns in Niagara Falls

    This post originally appeared on the Mitacs blog.

    In Summer 2016, I took a three-month paid position as a mentor for Mitacs ... My mentor experience at Mitacs not only shaped me into a leader, emotional supporter, and global citizen, but it also transformed us as we moved from mentor-mentees into peers.

  2. Oct. 16, 2018Collective Competition: The Value of (totally platonic and in no way romantic) Academic Life Partners Paula Sanchez-Nunez De Villavincenci, Devon Moriarty, and Becky Anderson at Congress 2018.

    Upon my entry to the PhD program three years ago, graduate students were cautioned during orientation that grad school—well, academia in general—can be isolating and therefore a real challenge to one's mental health. [...] Little did I know when sitting through those early fire-and-brimstone orientation sessions, I was also sitting adjacent to someone that I would come to refer to adoringly as my "academic life partner".

  3. Sep. 25, 2018GRADventure profile: Justine SalamJustine Salam

    I am a University of Waterloo PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. My research is on oil governance in Alberta, especially the role played by corporate actors, government, NGOs, and civil society groups in making policy. I am also a racket and water sport enthusiast, so I love swimming, kayaking, scuba-diving, and badminton.

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