Enhanced Career Services and Resources for Graduate Students

TitleEnhanced Career Services and Resources for Graduate Students
Faculty/College/UnitVP Students
StatusCompleted
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2013
Completion05/31/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2013/2014
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorKim Kiloh
Year 1: Funded Amount147,000
Year 1: Team Members

Kim Kiloh, Director, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Susan Porter, Dean, ProTem, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Matt Parson, President, Alma Mater Society
Rabia Khan, VP External, Graduate Student Society
Akram Alfantazi, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Science
Marwan Hassan, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Michael Murphy, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science
Rachel Fernandez, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science
Darlene Birkenhead, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science
Samuel Navarro Ortega, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Eric Mazzi, Clean Energy Research Centre
Rachel Wu, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Cara Dong, Student / Launch a Career in Canada Committee
Jacqui Brinkman, Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Michelle Suderman, Director, International Student Development
Susan Grossman, Director, Community Learning Initiative
Janeen Alliston, Director, Student Communications Services

Year 1: Summary

Approximately 60% of Canadian PhD graduates do not pursue academic careers. And, demand for graduate degrees in the Canadian labour market has increased over the past two decades, from 600,000 jobs in 1990 to over 1.3 million jobs in 2009. Traditionally, graduate education has excelled in the preparation of students for academic careers, but has not adequately addressed the competencies required for alternative pathways. UBC has an opportunity to better prepare graduate students for the non-academic careers that so many will pursue. This proposal for enhanced career services to graduate students will focus on five key initiatives:

(1) workshops and online resources;

(2) a web-based careers forum;

(3) discipline-and industry-specific resources;

(4) experiential learning and entrepreneurship opportunities; and

(5) the Summer Career Institute for Graduate Students.

These initiatives will promote career exploration, workplace readiness, skill development, and, ultimately, an improved ability to obtain and excel in meaningful work after graduation and throughout their career.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2014/2015
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorKim Kiloh
Year 2: Funded Amount103,100
Year 2: Team Members

Kim Kiloh, Director, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2015/2016
Year 3: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorCarol Naylor
Year 3: Funded Amount87,400
Year 3: Team Members

Carol Naylor, Acting Director, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Colum Connolly, President, Graduate Student Society
Gail Murphy, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science
Marwan Hassan, Head, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Rachel Fernandez, Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Student Professional Development
Medhi Piltan Graduate Student, Community Animator
Waged Jafer, Graduate Student, Community Animator
Jacquelyn Brinkman, Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Blair Simonite, Sauder School of Business, entrepreneurship@ubc

Year 3: Summary

Graduate education must continue to prepare students for academic careers, yet also support students in the non-academic careers so many will pursue. This proposal, to continue the development of career services for graduate students, will focus on four key initiatives:

(1) discipline- and industry-specific learning resources, delivered in-person and online;

(2) mentorship opportunities;

(3) experiential learning and entrepreneurship opportunities; and

(4) further developing the Summer Career Symposium for Graduate Students.

These initiatives will support graduate students to effectively prepare for life after graduation, fully contribute their immense value to their communities, places of work, and our society.

Year 3: TLEF ShowcaseYear 3: TLEF Showcase
Project ReportFinal-Report-2015-TLEF-SP-Naylor-WEB.pdf