​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. June 25, 2018Graduate literature reviews 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.

    Additional information: Registration required.

  2. June 26, 2018Teaching methods (CTE217)

    Most instructors teach the way they were taught, which may or may not be a good thing. This interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom. We will introduce the concept of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. In this workshop we will also discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and help you decide which ones are right for your classroom.

    Additional information: Registration required

  3. June 27, 2018Students’ beliefs about learning (CTE241)

    What are the factors that hold students back from learning and performing the best they can? How should students go about learning new content? In this interactive workshop, we will introduce and explore students’ mindsets—their identities, insecurities, and beliefs about intelligence and how one should learn—that enter the classroom with them and that can affect their learning before learning has even begun. You will work in small groups to discuss and develop strategies that can be implemented in your classroom to address these issues.

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  1. June 14, 2018Unexpected benefits: My LaTeX workshop experienceComputer screen with code

    I am an international student from Nigeria, and chose to apply to graduate studies at University of Waterloo because of my quest for innovation. My arrival at Waterloo came with mixed feelings: the joy of starting graduate studies and the sorrow of leaving my friends behind. But, I found a way out.

  2. May 24, 2018"Distract" yourself with general audience presentationsHand holding a photo that matches the surroundings

    When I was invited to be one of two speakers in a recent GRADtalks evening on tipping points in complex systems, I was excited. I thought “great, I just did an academic conference presentation on basically the same topic – tipping point in the energy transition –  I’ll be able to pull this together without distracting from my work or taking too much time.” Well, I was wrong about the time.

  3. May 1, 2018Career crossroads: Expanding your career search beyond academiaBlank street crossing sign

    “A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usually a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.”

    –Tom Freston​

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