Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy
UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
Office responsible for graduate development programs:
Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with other units across campus, such as Student Life, Research Services, Library, etc.
Name of program:
Graduate Professional Skills Program (pilot program)
Social media accounts related to program:
No special social media account
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?
Michelle Heslip, Recruitment and Communications Coordinator
Office of Graduate Studies
Graduate Professional Development Programs
What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.)
In person workshops, links to online resources
Are there sessions specifically for international students?
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?
No. Mentorship and internships are currently addressed by other units.
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?
The program includes, but not limited to, workshops on team building, effective and confident communication, intercultural competence skills, stress management, and presentation skills.
The graduate professional skills program continues to explore new areas in demand, with recent additions of the non-academic job search and non-academic interview workshops
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Career Development (most popular), communication, leadership, interpersonal skills, academic success
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)
All graduate students and postdocs are eligible to participate.
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?
Participation in the workshops are not mandatory
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?
This currently a non-credit program
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)
The Office of Graduate Studies works with other university partners or non-university partners to create and facilitate workshops. We are currently exploring how we might integrate our postdoctoral fellows into the development and facilitation of workshops.
How are the sessions promoted?
UOIT website, emails, social media, UOIT online portal for students (MyCampus), at orientations for new students.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)
Students register on-line through a registration system developed by our communications and marketing team. This information is maintained by the Office of Graduate Studies
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?
Students are not charged additional fees for attending workshops.
How many sessions run each year?
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)
Max number of participants per session is 25.
Total enrolment: not limited
Breakdown in number of students/ postdocs: 99%/1% (small number of postdoc)
How is participation in sessions tracked?
Students are asked to sign-in upon arrival. A master list of a student?s overall participation in workshops is maintained.
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?
Not at this time.
Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?
Some Faculties may host workshops on specific subject matter that they feel is relevant to their students. These are not currently monitored by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?
The Office of Graduate Studies partners with a number of university and non-university partners to deliver workshops.
Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs?
Not at this time
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?
Yes. Non-academic Job Search, CV and Academic Job Search, Interview Skills, etc.
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) was founded in 1962 to promote graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy. The Association brings together 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs and the three federal research-granting agencies, as well as other institutions and organizations having an interest in graduate studies.