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Future Smart: Essential Professional Skills for Graduate Students

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Future Smart

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies offers a extensive program of professional skill development for graduate students, free of charge.

With an expansive selection of program partners and program offerings, the Future Smart program will complement your grad degree and help you transition to the career you want!

external,MyGradSkills.ca

MyGradSkills.ca is a free online resource for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program consists of self-paced, online modules on a range of professional skill development topics.  

You can take as many as you like; you may apply a maximum of four modules towards your Future Smart program.

About the program

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies, in partnership with a variety of skill-development providers, offers Future Smart: Essential Professional Skills for Graduate Students. The program helps you develop essential skills that will facilitate your studies, career search, post-university transition, and success in your future career, whether you are thinking about academia, research or non-academic employment.

What you need to know

  • Future Smart is a value-added program to complement your graduate degree.
  • It’s free to all registered Ryerson graduate students.
  • Some content is offered online; up to four offerings may be taken online.
  • Upon successful program completion, you will receive the YSGS Future Smart Recognition of Completion document and a notation on your transcript.
  • You have two years to complete the Future Smart program.

 

How it works

Choose workshops from the following four categories. For more detailed information about these categories, please click here:

  • Communication and Personal Effectiveness
  • Teaching and Presentation Skills
  • Research and Information Management
  • Career Skills

 

Participants choose workshops offered by our program partners under the four categories and must complete a total of seven (7) units as follows:

  • 2 units from Communication and Personal Effectiveness
  • 1 unit from Teaching and Presentation Skills
  • 1 unit from Research and Information Management
  • 1 unit from Career Skills
  • 2 units as electives from any of the four categories

 

Contact Information

For more information:
Leslie Mutic
Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Ryerson University
Email: profskills@ryerson.ca 

How to register

Step 1:  Complete the online registration form found external,HERE. (Please note: as this is a Google Doc form, using Chrome to complete this form will ensure the passport will be accessible).   

Step 2:  Print the passport (from the link on the registration confirmation). Enter the date of registration on your passport.

Step 3:  You can take any workshops or online courses from any of our program partners (see Programs tab). Register for the workshop and have the instructor sign your passport. For online modules, attach proof of completion.

Step 4:  Once you have completed seven workshops with signatures for each workshop (no more than four workshops from any one program partner), submit your completed passport to YSGS by email (a clear scanned copy), or drop off the original (keeping a copy for yourself) to 1 Dundas St. West, 11th floor, Attn: Future Smart Passport.

Step 5:  You will be notified once your passport has been verified and you will be issued a YSGS Future Smart Recognition of Completion document and a notation will be made on your transcript.

Program partners

external,Mitacs Step provides professional development training (at no charge) to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across Canada. These popular workshops fill up fast, so book early!

The external,Mitacs Step Program offers an interactive learning environment, with small class sizes, facilitated by leading business and industry professionals.

external,Mitacs Step workshops are offered throughout the year, as well as some online courses. Check the website periodically for updates. Online courses are also eligible for Future Smart credit.

 

*NEW* MARCH WORKSHOP

Designing a Personal and Realistic Career Plan – March 30-31, 2017

In this two-day career planning workshop, participants will have the opportunity to design a career plan that fits their competencies and aligns with their career aspirations. 

external,https://step.mitacs.ca/en/workshop/2017/03/designing-personal-and-realistic-career-plan-march-30-31

 

ONLINE COURSES: MARCH

Time Management – March 2, 2017

external,https://step.mitacs.ca/en/workshop/2017/03/time-management-online-workshop-starting-march-2-2017

Communicating Your Research – Starts March 16, 2017

external,https://step.mitacs.ca/en/workshop/2017/03/communicating-your-research-online-workshop-starting-march-16-2017


external,Mitacs Step Workshops Catalogue

Career Centre

The Career Centre offers an extensive program of external,workshops and events to assist students with their career development. You can also book a personal appointment with a career consultant and/or a resume and online profile advisor.

After you participate in a career centre workshop or appointment, you are eligible to receive a free professional profile photo (great for LinkedIn / Magnet).

Note: please read workshop descriptions carefully to ensure they meet your individual graduate needs, as there are sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You may apply a maximum of one personal appointment to your Future Smart program.

In-class workshops can be held at the request of faculty, which also qualify for Future Smart credit.

SPRING WORKSHOPS: April, 2017

Online Branding and Career Searching
Don't wait until you graduate! Maximize your online brand, starting now! Make the internet work for YOU. Accelerate your career with LinkedIn and Magnet, two powerful online career tools.
 

Attract Employers on Magnet: Workshop for Grad Students
external,Magnet is Ryerson University's job board. Co-founded by Ryerson and the Government of Ontario, Magnet is where our employer partners post job opportunities for students and alumni. Join this workshop to learn how to attract employers on Magnet to find your next internship, part-time job or new career. It’s free, convenient and protects your privacy. Register now to secure a spot!

NOTE: Students are encouraged to bring their laptop and create a Magnet profile prior to the workshop.

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: Career Centre

external,REGISTER


LinkedIn Essentials: Workshop for Grad Students
Establish a professional online presence by creating an effective LinkedIn profile and building key industry contacts. Get tips on how to set up an engaging profile as a job seeker, and learn strategies to effectively network with professionals on LinkedIn.

Learn how to make external,LinkedIn the world's largest professional network work for YOU.

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 12 - 1 PM

Location: SLC 515

external,REGISTER

 

external,Career Centre Programs Calendar

Graduate Student Support at the Student Learning Centre

Available on the 4th floor of the SLC, 341 Yonge St.

Student Learning Support
(SLS) offers programs designed for graduate students to assist in developing graduate-focused academic skills:

  • individual assistance (a maximum of one can be applied to Future Smart)
  • workshops
  • group sessions
  • dissertation coaching
  • dissertation retreats
  • graduate write-a-thon
  • online resources

*Please note that "Writing Support" on the SLS website is geared toward undergraduate students. Please refer to "Graduate Student Support" for graduate student offerings. Not all offerings qualify for Future Smart.
 
SLS Graduate Student Support Program

The LTO offers a learning and teaching workshop series throughout the year, open to all TAs, GAs and interested graduate students.

LTO Workshops Schedule

RU: DEBT FREE

Winter session starts February 6, 2017. Register now!

Free financial literacy course for Ryerson students, offered by Ryerson Financial Services.

Do you know what credit ratings are? Can’t figure out which bank account is best for you?

There’s no doubt about it – tuition, budgeting and personal finances can be intimidating. The reality is that the more you know and the sooner you know it, the better you’ll be able to understand your own personal finances and prepare for your future.

About the program

The course is offered during the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 semesters. Over a five-week period, the one-hour sessions cover the following:

  • budgeting
  • banking
  • bank accounts and saving
  • credit basics
  • paying for school
  • life after school

Healthy snacks provided each session!

Future Smart category: Personal Effectiveness (one credit)

Visit RU: Debt Free for more information. Visit the course curriculum for more information about each session, and the course schedule for details about when sessions are offered.

Registration

To external,register, select either a morning or afternoon session in the fall or winter semesters. Register early as space is limited! Registration is now open for the winter session.
 

The external,library offers workshops and individual external,appointments throughout the year. Some qualify for the Future Smart passport.

Familiarity with journal ranking is recommended for graduate students who will be writing a thesis or MRP. The library offers a graduate-student workshop on this topic: Advanced Library Research Methods/Journal Rankings Deconstructed.*

NOTE: This advanced workshop is for graduate students only. Students should be familiar with database searching techniques before registering, or attend the workshop, Navigating the Library’s Electronic Resources in advance.

*This workshop qualifies for Future Smart under the Research and Information Management skills category.

external,Library Workshops Schedule

external,MyGradSkills.ca is a free online resource for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program consists of self-paced, online modules on a range of professional skill development topics. 

You can take as many as you want; a maximum of four can be applied to your Future Smart passport.

Course Title

Future Smart Category

Lesson Planning

Teaching and Presentation Skills

Mentoring: Undergraduate Students

Teaching and Presentation Skills

Teaching Dossiers

Teaching and Presentation Skills

Teaching Online: Basic Skills for TAs

Teaching and Presentation Skills

Teaching Online: Advanced Facilitation Skills for Graduate Students

Teaching and Presentation Skills

Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneur’s Guide

Career Skills

Converting a CV to a Resumé

Career Skills

Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

Career Skills

Non-Academic Work Search

Career Skills

The Versatile Graduate: Exploring Diverse Career Paths for PhDs

Career Skills

Academic and Research Integrity

Research and Information Management

Research Management

Research and Information Management

Foundations of Community Engagement Part I

Research and Information Management

Foundations of Community Engaged Scholarship Part II

Research and Information Management

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Research and Information Management

Intercultural Competency

Communication and Personal Effectiveness

Mental Health and Well-Being: Skills for Graduate Students

Communication and Personal Effectiveness

Academic and Professional Communication for New Researchers

Communication and Personal Effectiveness

You can apply other workshops/seminars/events towards your Future Smart passport. If your department or the university is offering a workshop that you would like to apply towards your Future Smart passport please email profskills@ryerson.ca beforehand with the details. If approved, you may apply the unit toward completion of your passport.

Check the Special Topics tab frequently as it is updated throughout the year.

Skills categories

Communication and Personal Effectiveness
This category covers both oral and written communications, including a variety of interpersonal skills such as listening, assertiveness, influence, persuasion, empathy, and diplomacy and non-verbal communication. Personal effectiveness also promotes self-awareness to assist in evaluating strengths and weaknesses, self-reflection, and setting appropriate personal and professional goals. It also includes topics covering personal well-being.

Teaching and Presentation Skills
This area covers classroom teaching along with planning effective tutorials, group facilitation and any situation requiring the need to explain complex concepts related to a discipline. These courses assist in the ability to provide clear and explicit instructions facilitating others’ understanding and learning.

Research and Information Management
This category covers research, organizational and project management skills, as well as managing the environment in which research is being done for seeking, understanding and adapting new knowledge. Intellectual property issues and ethics fall under this category.

Career Skills
This category includes soft skills such as networking and business etiquette, and hard skills such as converting your CV to a resumé, work search strategies and using social media in your job search.

Special topics

Check back often! This page is updated periodically. Bring your Future Smart Passport to be signed at these events.

Events 2016-2017

Graduate Wellness Workshop Series: Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Student Learning Support and the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

1) Balancing Healthy Relationships and Graduate School: Learning how to manage    conflict in your relationship
    (Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
    When: Friday, March 3, 2017

2) Finding Self-Confidence: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
    (Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
    When: Friday, March 17, 2017

 3) Revitalizing your Graduate Experience: Managing your time and energy better
    (Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
    When: Friday, April 7, 2017

 google formREGISTER for workshops

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GRADTalks Winter 2017
Achieving GRAD Balance
(Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
When: Feb. 28, 2017
Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies

 

Get Going Workshop Series: Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Student Learning Support and the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

1) Fueling Up: Stress, Sleep and Emotional Well-Being
    (Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
    When: Monday, November 21, 2016
 
2) Get Talking: Managing Stress Effectively
    (Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
    When: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

 3) Postpone Procrastination Workshop
    (Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
    When: Oct. 27, 2016

 
GRADTalks Fall 2016

Professional Skills: Tools for Success after Grad School
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
When: Oct. 25, 2016
Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Ongoing in 2016-2017

Startup School: Passport to Innovation
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
Check out Ryerson’s just-in-time, modular learning series to support rising startups and Zone learning. Startup School provides Ryerson students and aspiring entrepreneurs with entrepreneurship education in the form of seminars delivered by industry experts and professionals. You can take just one, or all!
Join like minded students and founders. Discover more and register at:
external,http://ryersonstartupschool.com/

Events 2015-2016

Build a Career with LinkedIn
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
Free, career-focused workshop. Learn how to establish a professional online presence.
When: May 26, 2016

Grad Day at the Digital Media Experience Lab
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
When: April 7, 2016
Co-hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and the Ryerson Library.

Graduate Write-a-Thon
(Future Smart Category: various)
When: April 15, 2016

GRADTalks Winter Lecture
"Beyond the PhD: Career Pathways for Graduate Success"
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
When: Feb. 24, 2016
Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

Startup School: Passport to Innovation
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
Ryerson’s just-in-time, modular learning series to support rising startups and Zone learning.
external,http://ryersonstartupschool.com/

Imagining Canada's Future Video Launch
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills/Networking)
When: Nov. 24, 2015
Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

Grad Cafe and Open House
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills/Networking)
When: Sep. 15, 2015
Hosted by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

Events 2014-2015

RA Training Workshop
(Future Smart Category: Research and Information Management)
When: November 20-21, 2014
Presented by OVPRI. For RAs.
 
Stress: Surviving to Thriving Workshop
(Future Smart Category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Presented by Ryerson's Health Promotion team.
 
KM/KT Workshop Series:
Using Media for Knowledge Dissemination
(Future Smart Category: Research & Information Management/Career Skills)
When: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Hosted by TRSM. For RAs and researchers.
 
RU a Leader? Student Leadership Conference, Fall 2014
(Future Smart category: Communication and Personal Effectiveness)
Dates: October 24-25, 2014
 
Tacos and  Trademarks
(Future Smart Category: Career Skills)
When: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Hosted by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation in partnership with the DMZ and Prima IP.
 
Book Publishing Workshop
(Future Smart category: Career Skills)
When: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Emily Andrew, senior editor at UBC Press, presented a book-publishing seminar for faculty and PhD students.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the Future Smart program?
Future Smart is a professional skills development program for graduate students, offered free of charge by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

2. How can Future Smart help my graduate journey?
The program complements your graduate degree and can help facilitate your studies, career search, post-university transition and success in your future career, whether you are considering academic, research or industry employment.

3. How does the program work?
- Register for the external,program and print your Future Smart passport.
- Bring your Future Smart passport to be signed when you attend a workshop provided by one of our program providers.
- Once you have attended seven workshops (from four skills categories), you will receive a document of completion, and a notation on your transcript
(Note: some units are offered online as well.)

4. What are the four skills categories?

Career Skills
This category includes soft skills such as networking and business etiquette, and hard skills such as converting your CV to a resumé, work-search strategies, and using social media and branding in your job search.

Communication and Personal Effectiveness
This category covers oral and written communications and interpersonal skills such as listening, assertiveness, influence, persuasion, empathy, diplomacy and non-verbal communication. Personal effectiveness promotes self-awareness to assist in evaluating strengths and weaknesses, self-reflection, and setting appropriate personal and professional goals. This category also includes topics covering personal well-being and mental health.

Research and Information Management
This category covers research, organizational and project management skills, as well as managing the environment in which research is being done for seeking, understanding and adapting new knowledge. Intellectual property issues and ethics fall under this category.

Teaching and Presentation Skills
This category covers classroom teaching along with planning effective tutorials, group facilitation and any situation requiring the need to explain complex concepts. These courses assist in the ability to provide clear and explicit instructions facilitating others’ understanding and learning.

5. Who are the Future Smart program partners?

  • Career Centre
  • Learning and Teaching Office
  • Student Learning Support
  • Ryerson Library
  • Financial Services
  • Mitacs Step
  • Yeates School of Graduate Studies
  • mygradskills.ca

 

6. What is MyGradSkills.ca?
external,MyGradSkills.ca is a free, online, professional skills training resource for Ontario graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program consists of self-paced modules covering a range of professional skill development topics.
Students can take as many modules as desired and can apply up to four modules towards the Future Smart passport.

7. Who can I contact for more information?
Please email profskills@ryerson.ca