Professional Development

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Professional Development is an initiative by the University of Lethbridge to provide students with the opportunities needed to succeed in their future careers. 

The SGS Professional Development's optional events, workshops, and other resources complement your degree, helping you identify and develop a strong transferable skill set. We believe that every student's needs and experiences are unique, so we encourage you to identify where your own gaps are, and what skills you need to improve and develop. SGS Professional development offers opportunities to gain skills in the following categories: Success in Graduate School, Teaching & Research, Career & Personal Development, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. These themes overlap in a variety of areas, and many workshops feature multidisciplinary content that covers more than one skill category. You can receive experiential education credit for many SGS Professional Development opportunities on the My Experience Transcript, giving you a competitive edge in the workforce.

SGS Professional Development has partnered with multiple on and off-campus organizations to allow graduate students access to a rich and diverse set of resources and experiences. There’s no right or wrong time to develop or build any of these skills. Begin your professional development journey today!


Professional Development 

Success in Graduate School

Check out the resources we have prepared for you to have the most success in Graduate School. 

Research & Training

Building research and teaching skills is an essential part of your journey as a graduate student at ULethbridge. 

Career & Personal Development

Building career & personal skills is an essential part of your journey as a graduate student at ULethbridge. 

Graduate Assistant Teaching Professional Development Program (GTA-PD)

The Graduate Assistant Teaching Professional Development Program (GATPD) provides an opportunity for professional development in critical teaching skills, equipping graduate students to carry out their teaching duties effectively.


Writing and Research Support 

Building research and teaching skills is an essential part of your journey as a graduate student at ULethbridge. 


Thesis Writing Boot Camp

Are you writing a paper for a course, your thesis proposal, or your thesis/project? Do you want to learn more about an integrated approach to graduate level writing? Are you looking for insights on effective writing strategies to finish your writing?

Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre provides individual consultations to all students at the University of Lethbridge. There is no charge for instruction, and we are happy to assist at all stages of the writing process and levels of proficiency.

Online Resources and Training 


EDGE by Mitacs training provides advance degree graduates and Mitacs program participants with access to courses that supplement their education and research experience with skills that are in-demand from today's workforce. 

Credit Counselling Society

The Credit Counselling Society is an accredited non-profit charity that helps Canadians with their money, providing free and confidential financial advice. 


Standing for Therapy Assist Online, TAO is a confidential online library of behavioural health resources designed to provide support during periods of stress of change.

Student Success Centre - Online Learning Success

A list of resources and strategies  available at uLethbridge to help you navigate and get the most out of your online courses.

Campus Partners and Other Resources 

Career Development Tools 


Imagine PHD

  • An incredibly useful professional development tool that allows you to assess your own skillset and values, as well as identifying potential career paths. Tailored for Social Science and Humanities grad students at any stage of their graduate career 


  • A career and Professional development tool designed for graduate students in the Sciences. 

Versatile PhD 

  • Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. 


  • Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact. They strengthen their members' institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers through: research and innovation, training and resources, events, consultancy, and membership.

Individual Development Plan 

  • Developed by the University of Alberta.