Graduate Professional Skills (GPS)

Jas Saggar

“Participation in [the] GPS Program has contributed to a highly satisfying experience at U of T.”

Jas Saggar
Alumna, PhD (2014), Medical Biophysics​, Winner, 2013 Provincial 3MT®
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Getting Started

The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help all graduate students become fully prepared for their future. GPS focuses on skills beyond those conventionally learned within a disciplinary program, skills that may be critical to success in the wide range of careers that graduates enter, both within and outside academe.

The program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as leaders. GPS consists of a range of optional “offerings” with a time commitment roughly equivalent to 60 hours of work. Its successful completion will be recognized by a transcript notation.

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GPS Program Offerings

Skills of Communication

Skills of Communication is a full-day course featuring the tools and tips of better verbal communication. It will test your assumptions and mental models and for many it may be the […]

Practice your Presentation Skills

Description: In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback. The focus on extensive […]

Planning for Careers in Academia (Masters, PhDs & PDFs)

This small group session is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are currently exploring careers in academia. We will discuss your experiences & identify strategies for navigating the current […]

Networking Strategies (Masters, PhDs & PDFs)

In this small group session for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows we will discuss the challenges of making and maintaining professional relationships that will lead to meaningful work in the […]

Searching the Literature: Humanities and Social Sciences

Note: this workshop will include pre- and post-readings and exercises, which will be (approx.) one hour in addition to the online workshop  Learn how to plan and conduct a search process within the Humanities and Social Sciences literature. This online workshop will discuss conceptual and provide practical examples related to literature searches […]

Time Management

Description: This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the […]

Applying for Work (Masters, PhDs & PDFs)

In this session, you will learn strategies for approaching and optimizing your job search strategy, with a focus on how to create effective applications (resumes and cover letters). 

Searching the Literature: Humanities and Social Sciences

Note: this workshop will include pre- and post-readings and exercises, which will be (approx.) one hour in addition to the online workshop. Learn how to plan and conduct a search process within the Humanities and Social Sciences literature. This online workshop will discuss conceptual and provide practical examples related to literature searches […]

Postdoctoral Fellows: Career Decision Making

In this small group session postdoctoral fellows we will discuss your approaches and strategies for making decisions about your career. This session will support you with increasing your confidence in […]

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Completing GPS

Completion of GPS is roughly equivalent to one-half of a full academic course in time commitment. Your successful completion of GPS will be recognized by a notation on your transcript. To learn more information on completing GPS, please visit our Learning Management System.

To complete GPS, you’ll be required to complete a total of 20 GPS Credits as follows:

1) A minimum of 5 GPS Credits in each of three out of the four following skill areas:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Teaching competence
  • Research-related skills

2) 5 additional GPS Credits in any skill areas.

Email a completed GPS Tracking & Completion Form to liam.oleary@utoronto.ca​.

Contact

Liam O’Leary
Graduate Programming Coordinator
Grad Room
66 Harbord Street
University of Toronto M5S 1A1
Tel: 416-946-3497 Fax: 416-946-0831 ​
gradroom@utoronto.ca​​