As students complete the Individual Development Plan (IDP) self-assessment of their skills and attributes in the IDP package, they should be able to identify their career goals and skill gaps. Students are encouraged to find the professional development activities that align with their individual career interests and develop non-disciplinary skills not included in their programs to fulfill the eight hour requirement.
Students should ensure these eight hours of activities are captured in the Individual Development Plan & Professional Development Completion form, which must be submitted to their graduate coordinator or graduate chair prior to convocation. The PD activities, which should be approved by each student's department, must be completed within the first three years for most doctoral students and time of completion for master’s students. Forms to help keep track of these hours include a record of activities and a declaration of attendance.
FGSR, the U of A Career Centre, individual departments, and various other on and off campus units offer hundreds of professional development opportunities every year from workshops to internships. For student's convenience FGSR has also purchased online seminars through MyGradSkills.ca and Mitacs. Please consult the professional development opportunities guide for more information and obtain departmental approval from graduate coordinators or graduate chairs for PD activities. Please also see the eight hours of professional development activities guide for a document with the information on this page.
Students will receive no more than four hours of credit from any single category listed below including attending sessions or completing online courses that relate to: