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May 28, 2020
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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 (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. 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.

2. Career Webinars

Alumni UBC offers frequent 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!

3. Special Events

Alumni UBC ordinarily hosts events both in Vancouver and around the world that give you a chance to network, learn about career options, and get advice from alumni who have been in your shoes. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, all in-person events have been canceled for the time being. However, some events have moved online, so check the page regularly to see what’s coming up!

4. Alumni Profiles

Dozens of UBC alumni have shared their experiences in informative posts on topics like careers, leadership, taking initiative, and stepping out of your comfort zone. Read through them for some real-world advice that can give you an idea of what to expect in the next few years.

5. Career Blog

This page features a variety of blog posts providing (still more) relevant advice on career-related matters, from time management to networking to resume statements.

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’s 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.