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Invest In Your Future: A career exploration symposium for graduate students

Submitted by tloehr on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:37am

Your graduate degree means you have a myriad of career options. It’s no longer the norm for graduate students to become career academics. Learn about the skills employers are looking for, the diversity of jobs available to graduate degree holders, and build your network and career-focused skills in this two-day symposium.


Registration is open to all Campus Alberta graduate students. Registration for the symposium includes admittance to all symposium events and workshops at UCalgary. Come and go throughout the day, networking and attending the sessions that you are most interested in. Tell us you plan on coming by clicking the big red button.

Save the Date!

November 15, 2017

Planning is underway for the 2017 Invest in Your Future Career Symposium. 

Coming from a different Campus Alberta university? Ask your graduate studies office about travel accommodation.

When and where

Invest in Your Future: A Career Exploration Symposium for Graduate Students

November 15, 2017
University of Calgary

Workshops and panels will be in the MacEwan Conference and Event Centre (MacEwan Hall, second floor).

Why attend

Students with Master’s or Doctoral level research education are well equipped to pursue careers in industry, government, and the not-for-profit sector. According to recent research by the Conference Board of Canada, employment outcomes for Canadians who hold advanced degrees are generally very positive (in terms of employment rates and salaries) but individuals holding PhDs tend to experience a challenging transition when they move outside the academic sector.

MyGradSkills can help you identify and hone your transferable skills, and plan your career transition.

After attending the Invest in Your Future symposium at UCalgary, you will

  • be motivated  to reflect upon, and have the skills to plan for a career outside of academia
  • be able to discuss how specific skills acquired during a graduate degree are relevant to employers
  • have a greater awareness of the diversity of career options available those with a graduate degree
  • have an expanded network of other graduate students, graduate student alumni, and possibly even local employers

Workshops and panels

The schedule will be posted closer to the event. The program will include panel discussions, workshops, resume reviews and more. 

Workshops and panels presented by:

  • Career Services
  • Graduate Students' Association
  • International Student Services
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • and more

Other free stuff

Your ticket to this symposium is free and includes all workshops and panels.

You'll also receive a welcome package that includes:

  • a reusable bag to carry all your stuff
  • a note book for keeping track of all the things you learn
  • a pen to write those notes with
  • a career toolkit to help guide you in your career planning

Every graduate student who attends will also have the opportunity to:

  • meet and chat with campus career service providers
  • network with other graduate students, and alumni
  • drink free coffee and tea

Come meet our PhD, Master's and International Student Career Specialists. 

All three graduate student Career Development Specialists will be facilitating workshops and resume reviews at the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Invest In Your Future: A Career Exploration Symposium For Graduate Students event on Nov. 15.


Have questions about the symposium? Email

*This project is made possible by funding from the Government of Alberta