​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. Oct. 22 to 26, 2018Speak Like a Scholar

    Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.

    Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their voices as independent scholars and give effective academic presentations with confidence.

    This 20-hour workshop will take place over five mornings From Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26.

    Additional Information: Applications will be available from September 1-14, 2018. Please complete the Google form application

  2. Oct. 22, 2018Teaching with confidence (CTE234)

    Many graduate students experience low confidence in roles as teaching assistants and instructors, as they suddenly find themselves in the role of the "expert", rather than the learner. In this workshop, we will first explore the common roots of this lack of confidence. We will then consider different ways of thinking and strategies that can help all of us to increase our confidence in the classroom.  

    Additional information: Registration required (opens Sept. 14). Difficulty registering? Read the registration help guide

  3. Oct. 22, 2018Motivating students (CTE088)

    In this workshop, we will briefly introduce different forms of motivation.  You will then work in small groups to discuss various elements that affect student motivation.  This will be a highly interactive workshop where you will develop specific strategies to target various element of motivation. 

    Additional information: Registration required (opens Sept. 14). Difficulty registering? Read the registration help guide

All upcoming events
  1. 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".

  2. 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.

  3. Sep. 5, 2018Failing to plan? Planning to fail? Person writing plans in notebook

    There are two questions, which out of common courtesy, one should never ask a graduate student: “when will you finish” and “what are your plans after graduation”. The latter is more dreaded (…and trust me, with good reason).

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