​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. Apr. 25, 2018Non-academic career conferenceAttendees at non-academic career conference by registration sign

    Full day open to PhDs and postdocs only. Keynote address is open to all graduate students and postdocs.

    Hosted by GRADventure, in partnership with the Centre for Career Action, this full day conference is designed to better prepare PhD students and postdocs for careers outside of academia. This conference will feature interactive workshops, a panel of employers who have hired employees with PhDs, as well as keynotes from Larry Smith and Robin Mazumder.

    Registration required.

  2. Apr. 27, 2018Grad 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. May 7, 2018Skills of communication (Mitacs)

    Skills of Communication is a full-day session featuring the tools and tips of better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models and for many it may be the first time you learn about the Ladder of Inference, the Johari Window and more.  The goal is to make you more aware of the tools available to help you become a better communicator in both your work and personal lives. The mastery of these skills is a long-term process, but by simply becoming more conscious of the various communication styles, including your own, you can approach conversations differently and change conversational direction to achieve better outcomes.

    **Please note that this workshop is taking place off campus

    Additional information: Registration required.

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  1. Apr. 17, 2018Advancing research and beyond: Impressions of a summer school experiencewoman carrying backpack in warm sunny location

    Summer schools are available around the world in many disciplines, with different time durations. Many of these offer funding opportunities for grad and undergrad students and provide a unique learning environment. This year, I chose to attend ALTER-Net summer school, a laboratory on what it means to be a scientist – personally and professionally.

  2. Mar. 26, 2018Articulating my skills in Project ManagementComputer by project planning board

    Last year, a colleague told me that in my time as a graduate student, I had developed project management skills. I looked at this colleague like they had two heads. To me, project management was some foreign and ambiguous concept, something that only supervisors on construction sites do. They laughed and said; “Of course you have project management skills! What do you think you’re doing when you manage your research project for your thesis?”

  3. Mar. 7, 2018Getting on board: Building leadership skills in graduate schoolBeth Timmers at the Grad House

    A great way to get leadership experience as a grad student is to join a board of directors. In this post, I’ll share my experience as a director with the University of Waterloo’s Graduate Student Association (GSA).

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