​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. Feb. 15 to Mar. 1, 2018Communicating your research (Mitacs) - Online workshop

    Good communication skills are essential to a successful research career. This short online workshop highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis:

    • Presentation skills;
    • Writing skills; and
    • Poster creation

    Facilitated by Dr. Jenn Gardy, you will learn more about the latest tips and techniques to make sure your next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.

    Additional Information: Register online. The workshop can be accessed any time during the workshop's start and end date (February 15 to March 1) but must be completed within the two week period.

  2. Feb. 21, 2018GRADnavigate compass

    Academic and professional success in grad school requires navigating a variety of different academic, professional and interpersonal situations. How should you respond to a student who seems to be struggling with mental health? How can you remain motivated and productive when writing your thesis? And, what strategies do you use to manage stress during a busy term? This event will equip you with practical skills and tools to achieve success academically, professionally and personally. In addition to a series of valuable workshops and sessions, we’ll provide you with some tasty food and time to connect with other graduate students.

    Additional Information: Registration required. Full day or half day registration available.

  3. Feb. 22, 2018Fundamentals for writing your thesistwo people working on laptops

    You’re about to finish your course work or comprehensive exams and have started to think about writing your thesis or dissertation. Where do you begin?

    Fundamentals for Writing your Thesis is a full-day workshop that will guide early stage graduate students through some of the first phases of planning and writing a thesis or dissertation.

    Additional information: Registration required. Registration opens February 2, 2018.

All upcoming events
  1. Feb. 6, 2018Merging academia and professional experiences: Skills and lessons learnedTwo business professionals working

  2. Jan. 4, 2018Saying "Yes!" to the 3MTAndria Bianchi presents at the 2017 3MT University Finals

    In early 2017, a colleague encouraged me to sign up for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) at the University of Waterloo. I was told that the 3MT is a competition where graduate students present a memorized script about their research in three minutes or less to a non-specialist audience.

  3. Jan. 3, 2018From student to facilitator: My experience with the Student Leadership Programstudent talking in a group

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