Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy

Carleton University

General Information

Office responsible for graduate development programs:Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with other offices on campus
Contact name:David Lafferty
Contact information:Coordinator of Graduate Professional Development, 512 Tory Building, Carleton University, 613-520-2600 x3229
Name of program:Grad Navigate
Website:https://gradstudents.carleton.ca/professionaldevelopment/
Social media accounts related to program:@CUGradStudies
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?David Lafferty (Grad Navigate), Lin Moody, Greg Aulenback

Graduate Professional Development Programs

What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.) We promote sessions that have been organized by various groups on campus, such as the Library, Career Services, and the Centre for Student Academic Support. On occasion, we host and/or organize special events related to graduate professional development.
Are there sessions specifically for international students?This year, Career Services is hosting a five-session series titled, ûI want a job in Canada. Where do I start?Ë These sessions were designed specifically for international students.
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?No
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?Some of our sessions focus on skills required for academic employment (such as publishing and data management) while others focus on skills required for non-academic employment (such as resume writing and how to identify career opportunities).
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.career exploration outside academia, citation management, copyright, developing a framework for teaching, essentials of productive teams (MITACS Step workshop), facilitating discussion groups, finding jobs in Canada, giving presentations, imposter syndrome, literature reviews, managing challenging teaching situations, managing stress, measuring research impact, media training, mindfulness, motivating students in online and blended learning environments, NVivo, predatory publishers, procrastination, providing and receiving feedback, research data management, resume writing, self-care, time management, writing for scholarly journals highest demand: writing for scholarly journals, imposter syndrome
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)Current Graduate Students
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?They are not mandatory. For those students who are working as TAs, professional development workshops can count toward their five paid pedagogical training hours per year.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?No
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.) They are largely developed and delivered by staff members, although some are developed and delivered by professors and TAs.
How are the sessions promoted?On our Grad Navigate website, on Twitter, on handouts at Orientation, and through our graduate newsletter.
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)Registration method varies. Depending on the workshop, participants can register through Wordpress forms on our graduate studies website, the Carleton Central online service for students, or email.
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?No, aside from deposits for workshops arranged with MITACS.

Statistic Information

How many sessions run each year?Approximately 35 per term, or 70 per year (although some are repeats of the same session or sessions in a series).
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?Approximately 8 or 9 staff members are involved in administering the sessions, but the individual sessions are led by a variety of staff members.
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)Most workshops have a limit of 20 students. Not everyone shows up, so the participation rates are probably 75% of those who register.
How is participation in sessions tracked? Attendance is recorded on attendance sheets, which are filed with the Coordinator of Graduate Professional Development
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?No.

Departmental Level

Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?Some departments do offer their own PD programs.
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?Our PhD Writing Bootcamps developed out of collaboration between departments.

General Questions

Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs? Broadly speaking, I believe a number of our workshops?especially those run by Career Services?would address this topic, but we don?t have any workshops or initiatives that are focused on this exclusively.
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?It is very likely that some of the offices that provide professional development workshops take this kind of data into account.
Is there any additional information you would like to share?Both the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and the International Student Services Office run Orientation events at which we publicize our professional development offerings. We also run a 3-Minute-Thesis (3MT) competition every year that is beneficial for the professional development of the students involved. On our Grad Research Link site we post opportunities for grad students to showcase their research or attend research-related events on campus.