One of the bonuses of being a grad student is participating in a vast array of professional development courses – for free! I would pay serious coin for similar ones “out in the world.” UBC is committed to getting its grad students employed post-degree. I’ve taken a number of courses already. So far, they have all been top notch.
Last summer I enrolled in Instructional Skills and Presentation Skills. I’ve taken workshops on conflict resolution and business effectiveness. There are courses to prepare you for interviews or to polish your CV. There are also school-related workshops, like getting your thesis back on track or learning the variety of software programs you may need to do your research. This coming week I’m taking a facilitation course and a two-day project management course.
School starts back up again this week too. And work has not eased off. Maybe I should squeeze in a time management course.