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Welcome to Grad Pathways, the University of Guelph hub of skills development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. It is administered by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in collaboration with on-campus and off-campus partners.


The Grad Pathways webpage has been designed to make services and resources for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows easily accessible. Here you will find information about workshops and events for skills and career development, volunteer opportunities and more.  If you have suggestions or comments about the website, please send them to


Workshops and events have been grouped by Core Competencies, which refer to  expertise or skills in a given area. Follow the links below to learn more.

Workshops and Events by Core Competency

Some workshops or events may be listed under more than one competency.

Skills development workshops and events are hosted by both on-campus and off-campus units and organizations. The links below take you to the websites of these units where you can explore all of the opportunities they have to offer.

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Library Learning Commons

The Learning Commons provides services to help students, staff, and faculty excel in their academic and research pursuits. They assist with studying, writing, data, research, publishing, teaching, and accessibility.

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Office of Teaching & Learning

The OTL creates innovative educational opportunities that meet the learning needs of a local and international audience. They engage in scholarship to advance the teaching and learning mandate of the University.

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Experiential Learning

Opportunities are provided to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for workplace success. These include independent study, field courses, paid work terms, on-campus employment, and community engagement.

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Office of Research

This Office oversees research in 7 colleges, at the Ridgetown campus, at 15 research stations and of the U of G/OMAFRA partnership. Research programs of all disciplines on campus are supported.

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Community Engaged Scholarship Institute

The CESI, located in CSAHS, brings together community and campus skills and resources to advance community-identified research goals.

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Wood Centre for Business & Student Enterprise

The Wood Centre, located in LANG, gives students access to innovations and methods for teaching business effectively. Students from any discipline can identify a need, develop a solution and bring it to life.

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Student Wellness

Student Wellness is comprised of 6 service units; Accessibility, Counselling, Health, Health & Performance Centre, Student Support Network, and Wellness Education & Promotion. All units provide resources and services to the campus community to help facilitate the development of the whole person.

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Grad Student Association

The GSA is the official representative body of graduate students at the U of G. It acts as the liaison between graduate students and the University Administration. The GSA represents and advocates on behalf of graduate students on most University Committees.

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Mitacs Training

Mitacs provides professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The courses complement the hands-on research skills and experience gained by participants of Mitacs programs such as Accelerate, Elevate, and Globalink.

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Aurora is an e-learning platform providing career advice to graduate students and postdocs. Over 70 hours of on-demand videos, and 120 interviews with PhDs are available on this site. The content is updated monthly.

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online video training library with modules to build skills and achieve personal and professional goals. Topics include software development, website design, animation, audio and music, soft-skill training, photography, and more.

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Science 2 Business Network

The S2BN is a national organization that hosts professional development events, workshops and networking opportunities for graduate students in STEM who are interested in careers outside of academia.

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An Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides a platform for students to assess their skills, learn about academic and non-academic careers, identify goals and develop action plans, and track achievements. Students have indicated that they support IDPs because they:

  1. value their advisor’s support to attend skill development opportunities
  2. want more guided help around career planning for  diverse careers
  3. want personalized professional development plans that are relevant to their needs

All graduate students are encouraged to complete the University's IDP, but it is mandatory for students in some departments.  Please consult your department for more information.

For more information or to provide feedback on the IDP please contact Sarah Cahill


In addition to workshops and events, there are many other resources and services available to graduate students and postdocs on campus to help them develop their academic and professional skills. The list below is not exhaustive but highlights the variety of resources available. Check out the service unit websites (e.g. Library, Student Experience) to explore all the opportunities they have to offer. If you have suggestions to add, please contact

Career Services homepage

Career Services for Graduate Students

A guide to career resources of particular interest to graduate students.

Drop-in Sessions

Drop-in sessions with Career Advisors are 30 minutes in length and free for all registered students on the main U of G campus. Topics to discuss include

  • career indecision,
  • self-assessment,
  • labour market information,
  • further education planning,
  • resume/cover letter/cv review
  • mock interviews.


CESI homepage

Guelph Knowledge Translation and Transfer Community of Practice

The Guelph KTT CoP is an informal group of knowledge mobilization professionals, faculty and students seeking to share best practices, develop new skills, and connect with peers. They host semi-regular workshops on topics related to research impact and knowledge exchange, and maintain a listserv that supports sharing of resources and opportunities within the community.


CUPE 3913 homepage

CUPE 3913 is the Union representing Teaching Assistants (Unit 1) and Sessional Lecturers (Unit 2) at the UofG.


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies homepage

Campus Community Resources and Support

The Office Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies maintains a list of support services and resources across campus for graduate students.

Graduate Program Policy videos

Short video tutorials have been created to explain Graduate Program Policies for Graduate Students, Faculty, Graduate Program Coordinators and Graduate Program Assistants.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Information about resources, services and policies relating to postdoctoral fellows working at the University of Guelph.


Graduate Student Association homepage

The GSA is the sole official representative body of graduate students at the U of G. It acts as the liaison between graduate students and the University Administration. The GSA represents and advocates on behalf of graduate students on most University Committees.


Library homepage

Book an appointment to get help with:

  • Writing
  • Research
  • the English Language
  • Working with Data
  • Publishing
  • Archival & Special Collections
  • Library Accessibility Services
  • using the Media Studio

Mental Health Resources

A guide to mental health resources on campus and the surrounding area developed by the Library.

Topic Guides

Over 100 guides on topics ranging from Analyzing Data to Writing are available on the Library webpage.


Mental Well Being homepage

A comprehensive catalogue of mental and physical health programs and services across campus.


Research Services homepage

Forms, Policies, Guidelines, Procedures

A webpage providing links to forms, policies, guidelines and procedures related to doing research at the University of Guelph.

Use of Animals in Research

This webpage provides information about policies and procedures related to the use of animals in research at the University.

Research Ethics

This webpage described procedures and policies for the use of human participants in research at the University


Student Experience homepage

Conversation Partners Program

This program is for English as an Additional Language undergraduate and graduate students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer in order to practice and improve their spoken English. Student volunteers who sign-up for the program get a chance to connect with someone from a different culture and learn about their culture and traditions, while helping them build their conversational English skills.

LINK Program

The LINK program connects new international students with current Guelph students to help ease the transition into Canadian culture and life at the U of G. The program is open to all exchange students and new full degree international students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Peer Helper Program

Becoming a Peer Helper will give you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team committed to providing important programs and services to the university community. You will be joining the over 250 undergraduate and graduate students from a broad range of academic programs that are involved as Peer Helpers across the campus each semester.

Student Volunteer Connections (SVC)

SVC is the on-campus volunteer hub. They can help connect you with volunteer opportunities in the community and beyond that fit your interests, academic and career aspirations, and availability. Their services are available to undergraduate and graduate students, online and in person, at their location in Raithby House.


Student Wellness homepage

Resources for Students in Distress

Resources on campus that students can access in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Sexual Violence Support Centre

The Centre provides leadership in prevention and intervention programs to support survivors of sexual violence, and to enhance the conditions and likelihood of personal and academic success.

Student Support Network

The Network is a drop-in peer support group consisting of extensively-trained student volunteers who provide confidential, non-judgemental listening and support to other students.

Wellness Education & Promotion Centre

The Centre offers health and wellbeing programming, resources, and student peer-to-peer support.



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 Events Calendar

The events calendar lists upcoming skills development opportunities with a link to additional information and the registration page. 

3 Minute Thesis

3MT® is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research, creative activity, and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.


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