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January 23, 2023

FIND A JOB OR INTERNSHIP! hirewesternu Winter Career Fair | February 2, 2023


Are you looking for a job or internship? Join us for the hirewesternu Career Fair on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 10am - 3pm in the Mustang Lounge (UCC).

Meet with 80 employers and build your professional network, explore different industries, and learn about employment opportunities that are available right now!

This event is open to ALL programs, academic levels, and alumni (including affiliates).

Networking needs no incentive, but why not win prizes while you network!

  • From January 30 to February 1, tag your friends in comments on Career Fair content posted to @westernustudentexperience on Instagram for a chance to win one of two $50.00 gift cards (your choice of Uber Eats, the Bookstore, or Starbucks).  
  • Attend the hirewesternu Career Fair, take a photo anywhere in the Fair and post it on your Instagram story, tagging @westernustudentexperience for a chance to win one of two $75.00 gift cards (your choice of Uber Eats, the Bookstore, or Starbucks) . 

Check out attending employers and learn more on our website.

January 20, 2023

REGISTER NOW! PhD Planning Groups


Calling all PhD students!

Struggling to stay on track with your work?

Join our PhD Planning Groups and take control of your progress! Starting Feb 6th., each week, you'll have the opportunity to share your accomplishments and challenges from the previous week and plan for the upcoming one alongside other students. Brought to you by Learning Development & Success.


January 18, 2023

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES | "Bridging Gaps: Curating Your Graduate Degree to Work for You" | January 25, 2023


Sharon Engbrecht, PhD candidate, Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia, will be speaking next Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. with a talk entitled Bridging Gaps: Curating Your Graduate Degree to Work for You.

DATE: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


About the Talk
Graduate school is a big decision, and as you venture deeper into your academic career, you may wonder if it was the right one. This talk focuses on the different ways you can curate your graduate degree to work for you, whether you want to continue on in academia, researching and teaching, or branch out into other economic sectors. Beyond academia, employers are desperate for the soft skills graduate students have, especially in the humanities.

Drawing on their own experience, filling in their knowledge gaps, Sharon will discuss the different Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities they’ve done during their PhD at The University of British Columbia. Each experience has influenced their expectations and choices around how they want to shape their degree program and their career. During their talk, they’ll also touch on the leadership skills many graduate students bring with them as researchers, especially as many of our professional and executive functioning skills are highly sought after both within universities and beyond.

Learning Outcomes:

  • List alternative and para-academic opportunities available to compliment your graduate studies.
  • Recognize both academic and alternative career opportunities using graduate experience.
  • Interpret research skills into transferable skills used both within and outside of academia.
  • Estimate the value of doing co-op, entrepreneurial, and career training programming during your graduate degree for more career flexibility.

Presenter Bio
Sharon Engbrecht is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English Language and Literatures at The University of British Columbia. Their current research focuses on queer love and novels that challenge the “straightening” devices of romantic scripting. When not writing, Sharon works as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the scholarly journal Canadian Literature. Their previous experience includes working with UBC’s Academic Convenor for the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Congress 2019, PhD co-op placements with the Vancouver International Film Festival and Canadian Literature, as well as entrepreneurial training and short-term (WIL) contracts through UBC’s Arts Amplifier.

January 16, 2023

Western Libraries: Upcoming Research Skills Workshops


Western Libraries is hosting Research Skills Workshops this term.

These workshops offer an introduction to many of the research services and supports we offer here at Western Libraries. Follow the links below to register!

Upcoming workshops:

To find more upcoming Western Library events and workshops, visit the Western Libraries Events page.

If you have questions about workshops, please email

January 12, 2023

Mindful Moments for Graduate Students | Winter Term 2023


Relax, recharge, refocus with weekly drop-in mindfulness practices live on Zoom. We begin with a few minutes of quiet reflection, followed by a 10-15 minute guided practice.

All graduate, undergraduate, and professional school students in all fields of study are welcome. No prior mindfulness experience is necessary to participate.

Mondays 12 noon -12:20 p.m.
January 16 - April 10, 2023 (excluding Feb.20)

How can you join?
Meeting ID: 930 3249 7859
Passcode: 853400



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