Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

University of Calgary

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Faculty of Graduate Studies
Contact name:Tara Christie, PhD. Manager, My GradSkills
Name of program:My GradSkills
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Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) The University of Calgary offers many workshops for graduate students. To help graduate student determine which workshops are of high quality (with clear learning objectives and expert instructors) and have been designed specifically for them (versus an undergraduate audience), the Faculty of Graduate Studies accepts requests for endorsement of workshops from Partners across Campus. The sessions listed below have been evaluated and approved by the program evaluation committee, and endorsed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, My GradSkills program. Research Services: Understanding my Intellectual Property Rights Graduate Students’ Association: Information Interviewing A Strategic Tool for Job Searching Negotiating Your Dream Job Social Media and the Job Seeker Tips and Strategies to Give You the Cutting Edge Understanding Canadian Business Culture and Hiring Process Taylor Family Digital Library: Managing Your References with EndNote Managing Your References with Mendeley Visualization: Using Tableau (beginner + advanced) Visualization: Using Visual Variables Visualization: Using the TFDL Visualization Studio Copyright: What you Need to Know for Your Thesis and Teaching Turning Your Thesis into a Book Owning Your Research Output Effective Research for Your Literature Review Keeping Current with Your Research: Using Alerting Services Research Data Management Library Health Sciences Library: EndNote (PC + Mac) Mendeley Conducting Systematic Reviews @ HSL Searching MEDLINE Systematically @ HSL Faculty of Graduate Studies: Respect in the Research Environment: Lessons from Neuroscience Effective Presentation Skills: Vocal Presence Scholarship: Graduate Award Competition Scholarship: Vanier Scholarship: NSERC PhD Scholarship: SSHRC PhD Scholarship: CHR PhD Scholarship: CGS Masters Mitacs: Practice Your Presentation Skills 1 Time Management Build your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills Skills of Communication Networking Skills Discovering the Entrepreneur Within Environmental Health and Safety: Biosafety Program Training Biosafety Laboratory Training Biosafety Bloodborne Pathogens Students’ Union Wellness Centre: Building a Successful Supervisory Relationship Moving Beyond Conflict in Supervisory Relationships Preparing to Defend Your Thesis: Managing Your Anxiety Managing Presentation Anxiety Career Services: Interview Strategies for Academic Careers Interview Strategies for Non-Academic Careers Introduction to Job Search for Non-Academic Careers Resumes for Non-Academic Careers Translating Your CV into a Resume for Non-Academic Careers Professional Networking Skills for Graduate Students (Networking 201) Taking the Wheel: Making the Most of Your Graduate Career Development Leadership and Student Engagement: StrengthsQuest Student Success Centre: Writing at the Graduate Level: Getting Started Writing at the Graduate Level: Academic Integrity & Using Sources Effectively Writing at the Graduate Level: Strategies for Developing Research Proposals Writing at the Graduate Level: Strategies for Writing Literature Reviews Writing at the Graduate Level: Revising and Editing Writing at the Graduate Level: Critical Thinking and Scholarly Writing Writing at the Graduate Level: Strategies for Reflective Writing Writing at the Graduate Level: Strategies for Writing Scientific Research Papers Developing Your Presentation Skills Staying Motivated and Managing Your Time Career Services and Graduate Students? Association: Assessing Your Transferable Skills Developed in Your Graduate Program Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning: Teaching Assistant Orientation • Teaching Assistant Badge (about 12 workshops,
Are there sessions specifically for international students?Many of our endorsed sessions either integrate an international component or are delivered in such a way that encompasses a diversity of experiences. Our partners at International Student Services and Career Services are also involved in a number of initiatives geared specifically to serving this population. International Student Orientation: Sessions: What to do After You Graduate Post-Graduation Work Permit Session Canadian Interviews and How to Prepare for One Writing a Canadian Resume and Cover Letter Permanent Resident Information Session The Faculty of Graduate Studies also promotes GradXO (extended orientation) geared towards first year graduate students and international students.
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?Skills-based internships (Transformative Talent Internships): Research-based Internships (Mitacs Accelerate): Graduate Students’ Mentorship Program:
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Expert, Leader, Innovator, Communicator.
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.Sessions have been listed by topic above based on who hosts the session. Given that the delivery of these sessions is based on a distributed model rather than a centralized process, gathering metrics (e.g., program demand) is not possible at this time.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.) Sessions are developed and delivered for a graduate student audience. In some cases postdoctoral fellows are also included (e.g., Mitacs workshops).
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist? UCalgary does not have a mandatory PD requirement, though some graduate programs do offer PD courses that are a requirement (e.g., Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, etc.). A discussion of the benefits of and plans for PD is a component of our supervisor-graduate student check-list and annual report.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants? Graduate Students’ Association: Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning:
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.) The Faculty of Graduate Studies, My GradSkills endorse the following partners: Faculty of Graduate Studies Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Career Services Graduate Students' Association International Student Services Environmental Health & Safety Leadership and Student Engagement Taylor Family Digital Library Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Health Science Library Mitacs Research Services Student Success Centre Students' Union Wellness Some Departments also deliver their own department-specific programming, in many cases partnering together with the above groups.
How are the sessions promoted? The two primary ways for connecting with graduate student are the weekly newsletters of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Gradpost) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA News). These are sent out weekly to all graduate students. Our office also connects with graduate students through Twitter, LinkedIn, and digital screens across campus. Many Departments also promote sessions to graduate students through Department emails. My GradSkills also has a group of volunteer graduate students (My GradSkills Ambassadors, who volunteer to help promote PD to graduate students in their department (they also function to help provide feedback to evolve our programming). Note that the promotion of sessions is not limited to endorsed workshops and/or services.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company) Given that sessions are not organized through a centralized system, the process of registering varies depending on the host. Currently, students can register for sessions by using one of the following methods: Direct email CareerLink ( Survey Monkey
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants? Sessions are typically free to registrants, with the exception of those hosted by Mitacs, where a $50 deposit is required and only charged if the registrant does not show up for the session.

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?Workshops may be held once per year to once per month. There is currently a total of 61 unique endorsed sessions that run each year through the University of Calgary. Many of these sessions are hosted multiple times throughout the academic year.
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?There are 40 staff members who are involved in the administration of the endorsed workshops (i.e. the workshop facilitators).
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)This information is not available at this time.
How is participation in sessions tracked? Facilitators are responsible for manually tracking the number of people who attended the session.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?N/A

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Professional Skills in Health Science Research This mandatory course consists of a series of workshops focusing on skills essential for success in health science research including: research integrity, grant writing, verbal and written communication of research discoveries, and career development and options. School of Engineering, Professional Development I & II Topics covered include communication styles, supervisory relationships, presentation skills, and networking basics.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office? The Cumming School of Medicine based out of our Foothills campus is involved in a collaborative effort with main campus to develop professional development programming, including: Graduate Professional Development Program: Through this program students at the Foothills campus have access to a variety of sessions and events in the areas of: Academic Success, Professional Effectiveness, Career Development

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? N/A
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?Through our internship and mentorship programs we have built a strong network of professional contacts with employers across Canada and internationally. By serving as a liaison between employers and students through these programs, we are able to not only develop positive relationships with employers, but also allow students to do the same. We are also in the process of developing new programming in the areas of business development, entrepreneurship, and consulting by connecting with alumni and members of the business community to work together to develop and deliver programming.
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