​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. July 17, 2018Writing CVs and Cover Letters for Academic Job Applications

    In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to prepare an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as how to write a professional and compelling cover letter for academic and postdoc positions.

    Additional information: Registration required.

  2. July 18, 2018Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects

    Have you made a New Year’s resolution to finish your thesis, dissertation, or other writing project? In this workshop, you’ll learn what writing experts have discovered about how to set up a writing schedule, avoid procrastination, and set goals in order to make consistent, sustainable progress.

    Additional information: Registration required.

  3. July 24, 2018Teaching Diverse Learners (CTE257)

    Our classrooms are filled with students who represent a broad range of racial, cultural, linguistic, physical, and intellectual backgrounds. This workshop provides a starting point for honouring and benefiting from this diversity in our classrooms. Through self-reflection and discussion, we'll provide teaching strategies for optimising our diverse students' engagement, comprehension, and retention.

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  1. July 10, 2018How are you planning your professional development activities?Phones open to calendars sitting beside a paper calendar

    Have you ever found yourself thinking that you need to start engaging in professional development activities, but feel so overwhelmed because you have no idea where to start? If this is you, I have the perfect resource for you.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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