Professional Skills Development

Graduate student success is not limited to teaching and academic performance. There are a variety of ways to build your professional skills as a graduate student, by attending courses and workshops held on campus.

From left, 2013 Grad Help presenters Jenny, Qin Xiang and Yan Yan.Workshops

Grad Help Workshops SLS schedules graduate student help workshops about a variety of topics, including professional development.

Professional Skills for Graduate Students Workshops Professional Development Workshops designed to help all graduate students prepare for their professional future.

GSR 984: Thinking Critically - Professional Skills for Global Citizens This innovative graduate course provides a supportive and challenging setting for students to build multidisciplinary understandings and skills into their professional and personal lives as they candidly explore diverse issues with peers from disciplines across campus.

Mitacs scientific and technical writing skills workshop, held at the U of S in December, 2013.Mitacs Step Program

Mitacs is a non profit organization that offers professional skills development workshops at no cost to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows enrolled at Canadian universities through its Mitacs Step Program.

These workshops are free to attend and an opportunity to gain the skills required to build a great career through: Hands-on, interactive, experiential learning, multi-disciplinary networking opportunities and access to industry expertise.

Upcoming Mitacs Step Workshops:

Practical Tips on Growing Your Network (Online Workshop Starting June 3, 2015)

Graduate Professional Skills Certificate

For more information on this newly developed Certificate, please email  

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Interviewing Resources

Entrepreneurship Resources
  • Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our nation’s economy through offering pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help youth aged 18-39 to launch and sustain successful businesses. Pay special attention to their resources section.
  • BizPal Saskatchewan is a a step by step guide put out by the Government of Saskatchewan to find permits and licences you may require when starting or operating your business.