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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
  • 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.

Spring/Summer 2017 workshops

Time Management

Thursday, June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2050
Managing your research workload can be difficult—especially over the summer months! This workshop facilitated by Dr. Miles Bowman (Office of the Provost) will give you strategies to self-motivate, set deadlines and increase productivity.

Independent Work and Teamwork

Thursday, July 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Business and Information Technology Building (UB), Room 2050
Whether researching independently or as part of a team, this workshop facilitated by Jeremy Greenberg (Psychotherapist in Student Mental Health Services) will provide you with a better understanding of your own working style and how to work collaboratively with other personality types.

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 Graduate 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 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.


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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