Course Description

A common challenge faced by universities today includes supporting graduate students as they transition into a myriad of careers in a rapidly evolving labour market. This challenge is amplified by students’ real or perceived skills gaps and difficulty adapting existing skills. Institutions across Canada are thus looking for cost-effective and impactful ways to help graduate students become aware of and prepared for their future careers. Experiential Learning (EL) is one means of addressing these challenges as it can bridge knowledge and experience, and result in increased understanding and adaptability, the development of new knowledge and skills, and the promotion of new ways of thinking and doing. This session will present two unique programs available to University of Calgary graduate students, the Transformative Talent Internship and Summer Incubator programs, and will discuss how the University of Calgary EL definition and typology is being applied to enhance the learning from these programs to better prepare graduate students for their future careers.

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the unique challenges graduate students face with careers outside of academia
  • Describe and compare two unique EL experience offered to UCalgary graduate students
  • Explain how the UCalgary definition is being applied to enhance the learning from the described programs.

Please Note: Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch


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