The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) would like to welcome new students and welcome back returning students.

We were thrilled to meet so many new students at Tuesday’s Orientation and allow them to meet with our new Dean Patrice Smith and our President, Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

As Dr. Smith said on Tuesday,  “We are delighted to welcome you to the Carleton community; we look forward to supporting you in your graduate school journey.”

You can find out more about Dr. Smith by clicking here.

As we pointed out, there are many opportunities at Carleton’s Grad School for new and returning students that go above and beyond your classwork. For example, we offer a slate of workshops through our Grad Navigate program that will help you gain the skills you need to succeed in today’s work world.  Teaching Assistants can get paid for five hours of these workshops.

Many of our guest speakers emphasized the need to think, as soon as possible, about your career path. On our Professional Development website, we showcase several alumni who talk about how they got to where they are today and offer career tips for a succesful transition into the world of work. You can also check out training opportunies from Career Services.

We also offer writing support for those who are working on their theses and dissertations.

And speaking of research projects, we offer the Three Minute Thesis competition that will help you learn how to talk about your thesis to a general audience in three minutes or less.  You can watch some of our previous winners by going to the 3MT page.

And if you want to document your grad student journey, check out our cuPortfolio page.

We help to keep you up-to-date on Grad Link which is a hub for interesting events and opportunities related to professional develoopment, research and student life.

Don’t forget that we offer a number of awards. Just go to our Awards and Funding pages for more details. You can read about students who have won prestigious awards such as the Vanier or the Fulbright by clicking here.

Shortly, we will be publishing a video of Tuesday’s Orientation. In the meantime, check out this video featuring several grad students offering their tips about surviving grad school.  And a PhD student who talks about the importance of managing your time and meeting deadlines.

And if you want to take some time to help with your work-life balance, you might want to watch this video about fun things to do in Ottawa. There are lots of other activities on campus such as those offered by the Department of Recreation and Athletics.

Don’t forget to check out our website, read TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter, follow us on Twitter and join our YouTube channel.

Have a great year!