Events and Training

Professional Development Days

About Professional Development Days

Professional Development Days is a series of free professional development workshops for graduate students who wish to learn professional skills to help them excel in their chosen field. Post-doctoral fellows are welcome. The next workshops will be hosted from June 15-19, 2020. For a complete listing of our PD offerings, please consult campusBRIDGE, FGSR Events & Training. To register for individual sessions, please see below:

These sessions may be used towards the University of Alberta Professional Development Requirement which includes an individualized career plan document called an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and the completion of eight hours of professional development activities inspired by your career plan.

The IDP outlines seven competencies. You will find IDP competency information in the workshop descriptions to help you determine which workshop will expand your desired skill areas.  


The next workshops will be hosted from June 15-19, 2020. For a complete listing of our PD offerings, please consult campusBRIDGE (FGSR Events & Training). To register for individual sessions, please see below:

Professional Development Orientation (not for PD credit)

Date: Monday, June 15, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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Description: This session introduces students to the Professional Development (PD) Requirement, including the Individual Development Plan (IDP) and eight hours of professional development activities. Questions that will be addressed include: (1) Why is professional development a requirement; (2) How do I create my IDP; and, (3) What counts as professional development activities for the eight-hour requirement?

Why Mentors Matter (1.5 hours PD Credit)

Date: Monday, June 15, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Description: Graduate students and postdoctoral are in a transitory stage of their life and ideally positioned to meet a variety of people. What is keeping people from seeking out mentors? Where do you find mentors especially during a pandemic? How can mentorship impact your well-being? A positive mentorship relationship has been linked to self-efficacy, satisfaction, and well-being for graduate students, and a similar outcome would also resonate with postdoctoral fellows. This session will explore the barriers to mentorship, how you may overcome them, and will give you an overview of mentorship options available to you now and in the future. We will also look at the significance mentorship has on the well-being and overall success of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Alive with Joy (1.5 hours PD Credit)

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Description: The current pandemic has altered all of our lives. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows may feel especially vulnerable since your life and career plans may feel more uncertain. The message you may be getting is this is a great time to do more — learn a new language, take up a hobby, get more active — but this message may not resonate with your core emotions. Taking time to accept your emotions is a key step in leadership and professional development. Alive with Joy will give you an opportunity to consider how you can truly "energize your life, revitalize your relationships, be inspired, benefit from the power of nature and the magic of laughter, humour, and pure play." Whereas this may sound like a wish list of outcomes, adding a practice of joy in your life can open you to more "joy, awe, and aha moments."

Career Session Question Period (not for PD Credit)

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Description: Hosted by the Career Centre and the Professional Development teams, this session is a great opportunity to ask your questions. Whether you are wondering how to meet your Professional Development (PD) Requirement during the pandemic, start an internship, or if there is remote access to Career Centre services, this team can help you get on the right path. Come learn about what resources are at your fingertips and how you can move forward with your career planning. As we are fielding many questions now, our teams thought presenting an opportunity to answer your questions would eliminate confusion and help us provide better communication moving forward.

Digital Science Communication: Background, Barriers, and Battleplan (1.5 hours PD Credit)

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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Description: WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) has been promoting diversity of genders represented in STEM since 1982. An emerging issue is the lack of diversity in Digital Science Communication (DSC). In this session, we will provide background as to why this is an emerging barrier, tackle some of the challenges faced when embracing this way of communication and give strategies to improve your own digital presence. This session aims to engage young professionals who are just beginning their journey in the STEM fields through to seasoned professionals who are looking to find new and innovative ways to increase visible diversity in STEM through social media.

Career Fears: Fighting Analysis Paralysis (Postdocs and PhD students | 1 hour PD Credit)

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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This session is part of the Career Action Series. 

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