Designing a Personal and Realistic Career Plan - Calgary (October 2 & 3, 2017)

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Designing a Personal and Realistic Career Plan Calgary

When: Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)
Where: University of Calgary /  TFDL 410

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to interns who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page here.

Testimonial: “What I liked the most about the “Designing a Personal and Realistic Career Plan” Workshop is that we identified the competencies developed in higher education. I also liked that we learn about methodology and concrete tools for creating a professional plan. Finally, I particularly appreciated the alternation between theory and practical exercises”


A unique opportunity to dedicate two days to plan your future and design one or several professional project(s). During this graduate-focused, interactive training, you will design a realistic career plan that fits your personal aspirations, your competencies and aligns with the job market reality.​

Workshop Objectives:

Finally take the time to think about and plan your professional future, whether inside or outside the academia.  Design a realistic career plan that fits your personal aspirations, your competencies and aligns with the job market reality.​
Receive personalized support post-workshop to enforce your action plan.

Learning Outcomes:

During this post-secondary focused, interactive training, you will:

  • Identify your aspirations, values & motivations
  • Identify your competencies, including transferrable skills gained through graduate education
  • Identify jobs that match your competencies and interests in a changing career landscape
  • Acquire a methodology to help define a professional plan and explore career options inside and outside the academia
  • Learn to communicate value and promote competencies acquired during graduate education to prospective employers
  • Write an action plan leading you to personal and realistic career plan

Key Topic Areas:

  • The job market for graduates, opportunities inside and outside the academia
  • Group and self assessment techniques
  • Graduate competency framework
  • Which competencies for which careers? 

  • The three spheres technique
  • Defining your priorities
  • Career mind-mapping
  • Finding and validating job options
  • Proactive career management

  • Designing a SMART action plan
  • Taking action to enforce your plan    

If you have any questions please contact the Mitacs Training at 

Class Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
University of Calgary Calgary, AB