The scope of preparation for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars is evolving to keep pace with the dynamic shifts in academia and society. Professional development (PD) plays a crucial role in this evolution, equipping students with a broad range of essential competencies for their future careers. Engage in PD to build confidence and develop into a versatile professional positioned to thrive in academia and beyond.

IDP Benefits

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps you reflect, plan, and report working toward achieving your academic and professional goals.

 Mobilize toward your goals

Create a map of where you want to go and how you plan to get there

 Enhance the mastery of your disciplinary skills

Acquire insights, experience, and understanding of your desired industry

 Career evaluation

Explore and evaluate your career choices, taking into account your skills, interests and values

 Career preparation

Identify your strengths, areas for development, and areas of focus required for your chosen career path


 Facilitate conversation

Facilitate conversations with your supervisor, committee, and mentors around your development and career progression

 Guide networking

Direct where you want to build industry connections and networks to facilitate achieving goals

 Plan activities

Prioritize day-to-day activities, coursework, projects, extracurricular activities, and professional development opportunities based on their relevance and alignment with your goals

Download the Grad Student IDP Template

Career Progression Skills

Discover PD designed to enhance your expertise in six pivotal competency areas tailored to empower you with the skills necessary to excel in today’s fast-paced academic and professional landscapes.

  • Professional Communication
  • Intercultural Engagement
  • Project Management
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Ideation & Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Leadership

Graduate faculty, ask us about integrating ProSkills into your graduate curriculum with premade and easy-to-use modules in these core competency areas.  

Career Exploration

In an innovative approach to preparing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to adapt to the job market, the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies has partnered with Beyond the Professoriate providing free access to the Beyond the Professoriate (BtP) career-exploration platform.

Leaving academia can feel like a big, mysterious step into the unknown. After years of being successful in academia, it can be daunting and overwhelming to launch a professional job search. The BtPjob market and professional careers online exploration and planning tool offers 2 programs of study to help students learn successful job search strategies: 

  1. the Academic Careers Pathway program
  2. the Professional Careers Pathway program

All USask BtP users have access to a one-of-a-kind video library where students can watch interviews with PhDs working in all sectors: academia, government, higher education administration, industry, and non-profits as well as all access to Beyond the Professoriate events and platform support. 

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Seamlessly integrated with USask's Learning Management System, our LevelUP dashboard offers you a diverse selection of professional development (PD) options. Choose from a variety of self-directed or face-to-face offerings tailored to your needs. Stay tuned for the upcoming launch!


Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events, workshops, and more.



Three minutes is all it takes! Falling Walls Lab is a world-class pitch competition where participants showcase their groundbreaking ideas. This global platform connects a diverse mix of students and early-career professionals, encouraging innovation, enhancing communication skills and creating a space for our impactful and sustainable community to thrive.

Hosted by top academic institutions worldwide, these events highlight the ingenuity and dedication of the brightest minds, challenging them to address significant global issues in front of a distinguished jury and live audience.

Winners from each local event earn a spot at the Berlin global finale each year, receive a ticket to the Falling Walls Science Summit and are invited to take part in an exclusive extended programme during their stay.

At the global finale, the international winners compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, taking home the title and prize money and receiving the opportunity to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year.

Info Session | 24 June 27 @ noon
Via Zoom and hosted by the University of Alberta

Application Deadline | 24 Aug 12
Open to USask postdocs and graduate students

Sign up for Pitch Training | coming soon
Delivered by CGPS and USask partners

Finals | 2024 Sept 20
In-person at the University of Alberta

Apply for a spot to join the Edmonton Lab (UofA) to pitch your research and change the global conversation. Open to USask graduate students and postdocs.

Which wall will your research break? Pitch your innovative idea in just three minutes, showcasing a breakthrough that positively impacts science and society.

Your research
breaks walls.
Tell the world.

Go to the UofA and represent USask! Applications for the Falling Walls Lab in Edmonton is now open. Get sponsored by CGPS if you are selected to compete.