Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Graduate Professional Skills Program

I am pleased to announce the launch of GPS, the Graduate Professional Skills program. GPS is a non-academic program presented by the School of Graduate Studies consisting of a variety of offerings that provide doctoral stream graduate students a range of opportunities for professional skills development.

GPS recognises the need to help graduate students acquire skills in addition to those conventionally learned within their disciplinary program. PhD programs prepare students exceedingly well for a future in their chosen area of research, but may not be as effective in developing other skills critical to success in the wide range of careers they may enter. GPS aims to ensure that our graduates can communicate effectively, plan and manage their own time, be entrepreneurial, understand and apply ethical practices and work effectively in teams and as leaders. Students successfully completing the GPS will receive a notation on their transcripts.

Beginning Monday, May 11, University of Toronto graduate students will be able to register for GPS via the GPS Portal Community. The Summer GPS schedule has been posted, and students may begin enrolling in GPS offerings immediately. To access GPS on the Portal:

1. Log into the UofT Portal -
2. Click on the “Community” tab
3. Under “Organization Search”, type “graduate professional skills”
4. When the GPS group appears at the bottom of the page, click on the “Enrol” box in the right column
5. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the next page.

For more information on the Graduate Professional Skills program, please visit:

Or register for one of the following GPS orientation sessions:
Tuesday, May 19, 2009, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2009, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

To register for a session, send an e-mail to, and indicate which session you would like to attend.

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