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Graduate Professional Skills Program

During your time at UOIT, acquire disciplinary expertise but also develop the professional skills needed for a successful future career in industry, government and non-government organizations, or academia. We aim to diversify your graduate school experience through professional development workshops in these five areas:

  • career management skills
  • entrepreneurship and leadership
  • professional communication
  • research and knowledge mobilization
  • teaching and learning

Our partners

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

The following in-class workshops are being offered to current UOIT graduate students. The minimum number of registrations required in order for the workshop to run is 5 participants.

Summer 2017 workshops

Student-Supervisor Relations

Tuesday, August 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2050
A positive working relationship with your supervisor can be key to producing quality research and finishing your degree on time. This workshop facilitated by Dr. Brad Easton (Associate Dean of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) covers many of the common challenges, tips for success, and conflict resolution strategies you can put into practice to improve your relationship.


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

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 School of Graduate and Postdoctoral 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

Our Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office has a helpful list of resources to help you effectively manage your finances. Visit the SAFA website for more information.


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.

Financial Literacy Workshops

Tight on money? Not sure if you can afford your education and living expenses? Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) can help. Our financial literacy workshops are specifically designed for students who are taking steps toward the effective management of their finances.

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