The PDFO is dedicated to providing a wide variety of quality professional development opportunities to UBC’s postdoc community.
The PDFO is proud to offer three flagship professional development programs in addition to regularly-scheduled professional development workshops:
- Foundations of Career Planning Program: A three-part workshop program designed to introduce postdocs to the support and resources required to establish the foundations of a post-PDF career in academia or with a primary focus on industry. By the end of the program, participants will have developed through self-reflection the foundations needed to structure a development plan, put together a professional portfolio, and navigate the industry interview and negotiation process.
- PDFO-SPARC Internal Review Training Program: Launched in 2018, the PDFO-SPARC Internal Review Training Program is designed to integrate emerging scholars into UBC’s internal grant review process while also strengthening the competitiveness of UBC’s CIHR Project Grant applications.
- Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching Internship (PDTI): In collaboration with the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), the Postdoc Teaching Internship is comprised of a three-day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and opportunities to work with a mentor.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
UBC offers and administers programs that provide professional development to PDFs. Events offered by the PDFO will open for registration approximately two weeks in advance of each session. Registration is required for all PDFO events. Participants who are successfully registered in a professional development session will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO within a week of the session.
|Starting With You: Clarifying Your Key Strengths, Values and Skills and your Personalized Development Framework (Foundations of Career Planning Program)||Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|Foundations of Project Management 1||Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 12 January 2018 - 5:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs|
|Compiling Professional Work Search Documents: Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters, Bios, and Profiles (Foundations of Career Planning Program)||Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|Practical Tips for Growing Your Network||Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, and Mitacs|
|The Best Candidate Wins: Interview to Job Negotiation Strategies (Foundations of Career Planning Program)||Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Winter 2018||Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 8:30am to 12:30pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|Discovering the Entrepreneur Within||Wednesday, 7 February 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs|
|Public Speaking Unlocked||Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|Essentials of Productive Teams||Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs|
|CBR Career Night||Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 4:30pm to 8:00pm||Centre for Blood Research|
Privacy Notification: Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for the purpose of planning and administering each professional development workshop and event offered by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO). Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the PDFO at firstname.lastname@example.org.