Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development Competency

What is Career and Professional Development Competency?

  • Career and professional development competency focuses on three major areas to aid in the effective transition from student to professional
      1. Researching and understanding career options including identifying personal long and short-term career goals and the required paths and alternatives for that career
      2. Development of job search skills (e.g. research, networking), creation of professional and effective job search documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, CVs and portfolios) and understanding and practicing for industry and academic interviews
      3. Identifying and developing competencies and strategies to effectively transition to academic and non-academic employment and maintain and/or appropriately change careers
  • Hands-on workshops, programs and one-on-one counselling aid students in such tasks as building an effective curriculum vitae and/or resume, recognizing and developing transferable skills, researching and applying for academic and non-academic jobs and preparing for academic and industry job interviews

Programs with Career and Professional Development as Main Competency

Career Counselling Appointment(s)
Meet one-on-one in a confidential and professional environment to discuss job search strategies and career related decisions.
Drop-in Career Counselling
Brief, career counselling appointments, approximately 15-30 minutes in length.
Graduate Career Day
This event provides graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to gain valuable information about landing both academic and non-academic positions and will be comprised of a series of workshops on networking to a non-academic position, preparing for academic and non-academic interviews, negotiating first faculty contracts, and alumni panel discussions.
Group Career Counselling - Just for International Students!
Small group sessions for 15 international graduate and undergraduate students close to graduation. Receive help and guidance from a Career Counsellor and other international students in finding and keeping employment in Canada.
Mock Interview
Practice your interview skills and receive feedback In this 1hr, video-captured mock interview.
Post-doctoral Leadership Training and Career Support
Teaching Portfolio Consultation
Individual coaching and consultation is available for graduate students preparing their teaching portfolios for the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or for those who are putting together teaching portfolios for use in applications for faculty positions.

Programs with Career and Professional Development as Secondary Competency

Graduate Student Teaching Award
Each year, students and course instructors are able to recognize outstanding graduate student TAs by nominating them for a Graduate Student Teaching Award.
Graduate Studies 9500: Theory And Practice Of University Teaching
A 10-week graduate course that introduces students to the theory and practice of university teaching and includes four micro-teaching sessions and preparation of a teaching portfolio.
Graduate Writing Day
A half-day event to address specific graduate writing concerns and an opportunity to learn about best practices from faculty.
GradWrite: Graduate Writing Workshops
Writing lectures on a variety of topics aimed at helping you gain confidence and success in writing graduate level papers are offered throughout the year.
Indigenous Services
The Student Development Centre's Indigenous Services provides culturally supportive services and programs to Indigenous Students at Western University.
ITA Day: International Graduate Student Conference on Teaching
International TA Day is a half-day introduction to teaching resources and programs for international graduate students preparing to teach in Canada.
Lead TA Program
The Lead TA Program is a new initiative on campus to facilitate the professional development of teaching assistants at a discipline-specific level.
Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Leadership Opportunities
SOGS presents graduate students with numerous opportunities to get involved in university governance with several committees and its executive council.
TA Day: Graduate Student Conference On Teaching
TA Day is a one-day conference that introduces new graduate students to teaching at Western and helps them prepare for their role as teaching assistants.
The Language of Advanced Discussions
This 20 hour workshop is designed for international and new resident graduate students who are already highly effective communicators in English and who would like to enhance their academic, interpersonal, and professional communication skills further.
The Language of Conference Presentations
This 8 hour workshop series will help international students prepare to present their research at academic conferences.
The Language of Difficult Conversations
This 12 hour workshop will help international graduate students develop the interpersonal and linguistic skills required to engage in difficult discussions in and out of the classroom.
The Teaching Mentor Program For Graduate Students
The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students is a unique opportunity for graduate students to be observed in their personal teaching environment and to receive valuable feedback from peers.
Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication
This Certificate is designed to enhance the academic and professional communication skills of international graduate students in order to help them make a successful transition to Canadian academia and to prepare them for success in international research and professional settings.
Western Certificate In University Teaching And Learning
The goal of the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning program is to enhance the teaching skills of graduate teaching assistants and to prepare graduate students for future faculty careers.
Western Research Forum
The Western Research Forum (WRF) is an annual, multidisciplinary conference organized by the SOGS Academic Committee and held at Western University as an opportunity for the dynamic and prodigious graduate students in all disciplines to showcase their innovative research and creative products to their colleagues and other members of the Western community. Students are encouraged to engage in networking and professional development opportunities at the conference.
Winter Conference On Teaching
Join us for a day of workshops to continue learning about effective teaching and become re-energized for a second term in the classroom.