​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. Mar. 21, 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

  2. Mar. 22, 2018Literature reviews for grad students (Part A): Organizing research

    Literature reviews are a keystone of academic writing. This workshop explores using the Matrix Method to manage your literature review.  Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can begin applying this method to your own work. 

    Additional information: Registration required.

  3. Mar. 22, 2018Résumé and Cover Letter Writing for PhDs and Postdocs

    Through discussion and hands-on activities in this half-day workshop, you will learn how to prepare an effective résumé and cover letter by analyzing job descriptions, assessing the relevance of your transferable skills and articulating these transferable skills in an action-oriented way.

    Additional information: Registration required.

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  1. 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).

  2. Feb. 6, 2018Merging academia and professional experiences: Skills and lessons learnedTwo business professionals working

    I had many reservations upon entering grad school. One thing I feared most was becoming completely disconnected from the professional world outside of academia. ... That’s why I jumped on the opportunity to work as a research assistant on a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) funded community initiative centered on the effectiveness and transparency of Ontario’s Police Complaints System (PCS).

  3. 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.

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