Workshop Series

Career and Professional Development

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in partnership with Career and Volunteer Services is launching a new three-part series for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll proactively tap into the jumble of thoughts and feelings about your career and professional development, get clearer about possibilities, and design an intentional action plan to guide your next steps and career management strategies. You’ll walk away with substantive takeaways and tools that you may return to again and again. 

You can register for these workshops and more through myInvolvement.

For Students in the APEX Certificate Program - registration for the APEX Certificate program has been discontinued and participants currently enrolled in the program have until Summer 2019 to earn their certificate.

If you are currently in the APEX Certificate Program and are hoping to complete, please contact us at and we can work with you to make sure your requirements are met.

Session 1 -- Getting Started

You’ll take stock of your current situation, interests and strengths; explore your values and priorities; and identify future possibilities using an evidence-based approach that allows for a deep dive into your stories and experiences from different chapters of your life.

  • September 20, 9:30am to 11:30am, Library Room 7010
  • October 23rd, 9:30am to 11:30am, Library Room 7010

Pre-requisites: none 
Registration required using myInvolvement 

Registration Deadline is 2 business days before the workshop: September 18th & October 19th

Session 2 -- Connecting the Dots and Prioritizing 

You’ll distill and prioritize what matters most to you and craft a Career Statement that will act like a compass and set you up for creating, recognizing and acting upon clues and opportunities to move forward.

  • October 16, 9:30am to 11:30am, Library Room 7010
  • November 21st 9:30am to 11:30am, Library Room 7010

Pre-requisites: Session 1 
Registration required using myInvolvement 

Registration Deadline is 2 business days before the workshop: October 12th & November 15th

Session 3 -- Taking Action and Moving Forward

Intentional exploration and taking action is 'where the rubber hits the road'. You’ll devise an action plan and identify ways to take meaningful actions to make well-informed career, work, and life choices.

  • November 6th,  9:30am to 11:30am, Library Room 7010
  • December 4th, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Library Room 7200

Pre-requisites: Session 1 & 2
Registration required using myInvolvement 

Registration Deadline is 2 business days before the workshop: November 2nd & November 30th

More About the Tools

Career Sketch.  A snapshot of your desires, strengths, assets, and possibilities from your significant career and life events and experiences; essential bits of data that will help you frame choices for creating your inspired next move with confidence. 

Career Statement.  The Career Statement captures the essence of who you are, what matters to you, and how you want to be in the world in your own words. You will use this tool to navigate our unpredictable and changing world, in conversations, and have concrete language for your LinkedIn Profile, resumes and cover letters.

Exploration Plan. An interactive worksheet to help you notice clues and identify intentional actions which will set you up to strategically explore possible future scenarios.

Job Search Support Group

Are you an international graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, or an international partner of a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, in search of a non-academic job?

Join the free weekly job search support group with a Career Educator from SFU Career and Volunteer Services. Learn about job search, resumes, and cover letters in Canada. Receive feedback on your job applications. Celebrate success with your fellow job-seekers.

Registration required, maximum 20 participants.

Have kids?

If you have children and would need childcare to attend the group's meetings, please indicate so on the registration form. We will help to match participants with children to alternate going to the meetings and taking care of the children. 

Fall 2018 Schedule

Date: Tuesdays, October 30—December 18, 2018
Time: 4:00—5:00 PM

Location: Research Commons Seminar room (7010)
(except for November 20th, December 4th and 18th: SFU Library Room 7301). See Burnaby campus map

Registration for the fall term is now closed. Please check back for registrations for the spring term.

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