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May 26, 2022
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Using university resources after graduation

The Graduate's Guide to the Galaxy

Finishing your degree doesn't mean you have to fully leave UBC behind.

The world outside of university can be challenging and confusing at times (like, what are investments and when am I supposed to have them?), but you don’t have to go at it alone. If you’re looking for support in your job search or need career advice, there are resources at UBC that can help:

Connecting with alumni UBC

alumni UBC—your alumni association—offers a lot of different resources that can give you a leg up on your job search, and help you chart an exciting path forward as a graduate:

1. Your Next Step

Your Next Step brings together valuable career resources—like many of the above—from across UBC to help graduating students and alumni make the most of their talents, interests, and education in a changing world of work. 

2. Online Career Mentor

Create a free profile on the UBC Hub to connect with a UBC alum who can provide mentorship from anywhere in the world! You can search based on location and industry to find an alum with great advice on building a rewarding career.

3. Career Webinars

alumni UBC offers webinars from professionals that provide insight into different industries. They’re a great way to gain information about careers you might not even know exist! Take a look at their large webinar archive to find a topic that appeals to you. 

4. Special Events

These online events give you the chance to network, learn about career options, and get advice from alumni who have been in your shoes. Check the page regularly to see what’s coming up!

5. Career Articles, Profiles, and More

With alumni profiles, advice on career-related matters, and in-depth looks at the future of the working world, The University of British Columbia Magazine is the alumni source for career content.

Considering grad school?

As you move forward, you may be thinking about going to grad school. Pursuing further education is a big decision that comes with a significant investment of time and money.

The Student Services website lists some things to consider if you’re looking into grad school—make sure you give yourself time to really think about whether grad school is right for you, because a Master’s degree is not always necessary to find a great career.

If you’re curious about what life is like as a grad student at UBC (and likely many other similar institutions), take a look at the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Additionally, the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers offers online counseling and advice specifically tailored for graduate students.

So, stay connected to UBC after you graduate! A successful career is all about taking advantage of as many opportunities as you can.