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Graduate Professional Skills Program

The Graduate Professional Skills Program is a pilot program that has been in place since September 2012. The Office of Graduate Studies has partnered with a number of UOIT and non-UOIT units to deliver workshops through this program. The goal of the program is to provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with skills that broaden and enhance their academic programs. The Graduate Professional Skills Program helps students to develop their career and soft skills so they can better integrate into the workforce after graduation.

The program is offered free of charge to any graduate student registered as full-time or part-time and to post-doctoral fellows.

 Our partners

Career Centre UOIT Library Managing Me
Mitacs Office of the Provost Office of Research Services
Student Mental Health Services Student Learning Centre UOIT faculties

The following in-class workshops are being offered to current UOIT graduate students. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please register in advance by the noted deadlines.

Important note:

If you register for a workshop and are no longer able to attend, you must cancel your registration four business days prior to the workshop date. If you fail to cancel your registration by the deadline and do not attend the workshop, you will be charged a non-attendance fee of $25. To cancel your registration, contact

*The minimum number of registrations required in order for the workshop to run is 5 participants.

Please check frequently for updates.

Workshop title


Workshop time


Resumé and cover letter


Thursday, January 19, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. UA4170

Thesis writing


Thursday, January 26, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. UA4170

Managing your citations with Zotero and EndNote


Thursday, February 2, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. UA4170



Thursday, February 9, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. UA4170

Intro to IP and why you should care


Thursday, February 16, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. ACE4010

Research metrics


Thursday, March 30, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. UA4170

Interview skills


Thursday, April 6, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. UA4170

Mitacs Step

  • Please keep in mind that space is limited and that Mitacs workshops are opened to the graduate students across the country.
  • Step workshops are free and open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Log in to your Mitacs Step account (or create one) before registering.
  • Step places a $50 hold on your credit card at the time of registration.
  • A $50 penalty fee will only be charged if you do not complete the workshop or fail to cancel your registration six days or more before the workshop’s start date.

The Mitacs Step program partners with UOIT’s Office of Graduate Studies to provide engaging professional development workshops without charge for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows both online and in person. Each workshop is tailored to graduate students’ needs and is facilitated by a leading industry professional.

Step sessions complement your studies by advancing the skills and knowledge needed to further your career and ensure that you thrive in both academic and industry settings. There has never been a better time to participate. is a series of online training modules available to any Ontario graduate student. Using their university email account, students can log in to view 18 short, self-paced training units on a variety of topics in five categories: Career Development, Professional Communication, Entrepreneurship, Research, Teaching and Learning. The online professional development will benefit those who are interested in a career in academia as well as those seeking to put their credentials to use in business, government or non-profit organizations. For more information, visit the website.

Student Awards and Financial Aid

Tight on money? Not sure if you can afford your education and living expenses? Financial literacy workshops are specifically designed for UOIT students who are taking steps toward the effective management of their finances.

Visit the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) website for more information.

What is it?

Over three consecutive days, the Thesis Writing Boot Camp will give you a productive, distraction-free work environment and space to make significant progress with your writing. We will also provide you with the opportunity for at least one individual session with a Writing Specialist, which will help you develop the strategies to become a more skillful writer. There will also be short input sessions that will equip you with techniques to help motivate you to continue with your writing.

Who is it for?

The Thesis Writing Boot Camp is aimed at graduate students who have completed their research and who are writing chapters of their thesis. The boot camp is strictly limited to 20 participants.

When is it?

July 26 to 28, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free lunch will be provided each day.


  • July 6, 2016 - registration opens
  • July 19, 2016  - registration closes
  • July 21, 2016 - confirmation and workshop details will be sent to participants

There is no additional charge for this event; however, a non-attendance fee of $50 will apply if you register but do not attend.


  1. Talk to your supervisor; s/he can help you decide if you are ready to take this opportunity to focus on your writing. 
  2. Identify the section(s) on which you will focus.
  3. Collect and organize in advance all the materials (e.g., notes, drafts, data, charts) that you will need over the three days. 
  4. Think about the areas in which you would like specific help during your 1:1 session with a Writing Specialist.
  5. Check if your schedule allows you to be available throughout the three days. A Supervisor’s Consent Form will be required in order to complete your registration.

Please note: The boot camp is for writing, not for further reading or research. You will be expected to commit to each of the three days, to be punctual and to reserve Internet use and texting for lunch breaks. We want you to make serious progress with your writing!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Office of Graduate Studies:

Catherine Lee, Writing and ESL Specialist, Student Learning Centre:



FastStart is an entrepreneurial training partnership aimed at university and college students. FastStart is designed to increase entrepreneurship skills and awareness and help students create solid business plans that take their products and services to market quickly and successfully.

Visit the FastStart website to learn more about upcoming events and sessions.

UOIT Library

The Library collections contain different resources in a variety of formats. Use these pages to explore what is offered.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

This program includes training on issues such as how to interact and communicate with individuals with disabilities and with persons who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or support person. It also includes what to do to assist a person with a disability who is having difficulty accessing goods or services. UOIT adopted an e-learning Customer Service Standard training module that was developed by the Council of Ontario Universities.

Graduate Student Meetups (formerly Graduate Student Café)

These monthly sessions are created for graduate students from first-year master's to fourth-year PhDs to discuss a monthly theme relevant to achieving success in graduate school.

Visit the Graduate Student Meetups page for details on upcoming sessions.

The Writing Room

Drop in to the Writing Room for a 15-minute appointment with a Writing Specialist, then continue writing in our space. Receive help and advice on any stage of your writing assignment. Participants are expected to bring everything they need to make real progress with their writing, be it a proposal, dissertation, article for publication, etc. After your 15-minute appointment, the Writing Specialist may suggest a follow-up appointment to provide further support.

North Oshawa Schedule - U5 Building, Room U5 60, Student Life Suite

Monday Noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon
Thursday Noon to 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

No advance registration is needed.

For more information, please contact

Downtown Oshawa Schedule - 61 Charles Street, Room DTA 225

Monday Noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday Noon to 4 p.m.
Wednesday Noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday Noon to 4 p.m.
Friday 1 to 4 p.m.

No advance registration is needed.

For more information, please contact

Conversation Café

Conversation Café is open to all UOIT students, both graduate and undergraduate. Students drop in and meet together in an informal setting at the north Oshawa location in Room U5 60 every Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Café provides bilingual students with an opportunity to practice English-speaking and listening skills. Speakers of English as a first language have a chance to meet international students and learn about other cultures. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. No advanced registration is necessary – just drop by any time between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

If you need further details, please contact or call 905.721.8668 ext. 6578.

Free online First Aid and CPR training and certificate

This unique, self-guided First Aid and CPR course is a cost-effective, time-saving alternative for those individuals who need to learn the fundamentals of Basic Life Support.

FirstAidWeb Inc. CPR certification and First Aid certification are issued in exclusive partnership with the National Health and Safety Foundation® and are valid for two years from date of issue.

Questions regarding professional skills workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can be sent to

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