Professional Development

Our Commitment to Graduate Professional Development

Your career and professional development are important to us. The Own Your Future professional development program is now available virtually to all graduate students. In addition, there are many online resources to support your career and professional development. These opportunities will be shared with you via email and on this page as they become available.


Own Your Future professional development webinars are open to all graduate students. 

View the full calendar of events here.

Instructions to Register:

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western ID
  2. Select the Own Your Future Calendar from the left navigation panel
  3. Select the event from the calendar to register and receive the webinar link 


SGPS 9103: Writing in Graduate School I 

This online course will introduce you to the fundamentals of English grammar and provide you with the tools to write clear, correct, and accessible academic prose.

SGPS 9104: Writing in Graduate School II 

This online course will help you develop the skills and competencies in the rhetorical principles and practices of communicating to diverse audiences in ways that are clear, concise and captivating.


Centre for Teaching & Learning Events Calendar for Graduate Students

Western Alumni Events Calendar

Propel Events Calendar


1-on-1 Writing Support Appointments for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Western’s Writing Support Centre is now offering 50-minute Zoom sessions with a writing advisor for Western grads and postdocs. Our writing advisors will review any academic or professional writing at any stage of the writing process. You book the appointment. We send you the Zoom invitation. 

Mindfulness for Academic Success in Graduate SchoolThursdays @ 12 noon; May 21-June 18

The MAS program uses mindfulness techniques to help students manage academic stress and improve academic performance. Mindfulness is an attention training practice that can improve concentration and enhance wellbeing.


Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Six modules that center on key concepts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education have been collaboratively developed by Queen’s University, Western University and University of Waterloo.

Mitacs Training Modules

A curriculum designed to build competencies in four key areas that are recognized as vital to professional success.

LinkedIn Learning at Western

Need a refresher on Excel? Ready to take your presentations to the next level? Want to ace that interview? LinkedIn Learning offers more than 5,000 on-demand courses to help you build professional skills across a vast range of job functions. All current students, staff and faculty members have free, unlimited access to high-quality, skills-focused online learning, from now until Sept. 21, 2020.

Business Concepts of Life Scientists

The purpose of the Business Concepts for Life Scientists course is to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules - Business Strategy, Finance and Business Development.