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Athabasca University

Effective Communication & Career Building
Professional Development Workshops

October to November 2017

Thinking of getting a job after your studies? Are you transitioning to a new career? Do you want a professional boost to showcase your personal brand? The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to invite you to a newly launched Professional Development Workshop (PD) Series on Effective Communication & Career Building. The purpose of the workshops is to provide you with practical resources to launch or fulfill your career goals. This series includes four modules:

October 21, 2017 Module 1: Improving your writing & editing skills
Intended Learning outcomes:
  • Target your audience and purpose
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional writing (e.g. different genres/job-seeking documents)
  • Write to persuade through various career-related documents
  • Improve editing skills in written documents to demonstrate a professional presence
October 28, 2017 Module 2: Balancing Act: Choosing appropriate technology with your presentation
Intended Learning outcomes:
  • Target your audience and purpose
  • Choosing your platform
  • Manage technologies with ease to present yourself in various formats
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of face to face and online presentation modes
November 4, 2017 Module 3: Building your personal brand
Intended Learning outcomes:
  • Develop knowledge about personal branding to differentiate yourself in the job market
  • Present a personal brand through storytelling for career transition & development
  • Identify, analyze and leverage your personal brand to move forward
  • Use social media to develop a personal brand
November 18, 2017 Module 4: Getting a job (Cover Letter/Résumé/Interview Techniques)
Intended Learning outcomes:
  • Target your audience
  • Critique cover letters and résumés
  • Preparing for job interviews
  • Knowing where to look for a job
  • Accessing network contacts
  • Raising awareness of using LinkedIn

Cost: $250 for all 4 modules; $75 each module for AU Graduate students & alumni

Cost: $350 for all 4 modules; $100 each module for Graduate students from University of Lethbridge, University of Calgary & University of Alberta.

If you are interested in learning more or registering for this professional development series, please contact us at We welcome you in advance!

Updated July 21 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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