Faculty of Engineering – Graduate Students

Professional Development Workshops


Getting Connected

Contact Hours

Peer Groups, Industry Internships and Projects





Professional Development Workshops is a partnership between the Hojjat Salemi International Students Workshops (sponsored by uOttawa Alumni Hojjat SalemI) and the Faculty of Engineering Professional Development Club (run by graduate students) and the Center for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design.

The Graduate Studies Office will be transforming this into a mandatory course for professional program students (non-thesis graduate students) in 2020-21 that will become a pre-requisite for students who want to do a COOP or internship work term or a GNG5299 Industry Internship Project.

For Winter 2020, participation is voluntary (but you must register and commit) to the following activities:

·         A set of professional development activities to be completed in peer groups.  Badges (integrated with LinkedIn) certify completion of the modules.

·         Weekly workshops with guest speakers from industry, alumni, and the university, who will run interactive sessions on the skills, techniques and resources needed to build a successful career.


Getting Connected

To participate in the workshops interested students should:

Explicitly register for the workshops in Eventbrite, so we can manage numbers.

Join the Professional Development Club’s Facebook Group.  The discussion board will be used to answer questions, and provide information related to the workshops. As well as keep you plugged into professional networking activities throughout your time at uOttawa.

There is significant group work involved in professional development. Please Read:

The Pillars of Communities of Practice (just the article, not the entire guide)

A Primer on Showing Empathy in the Tech Industry



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In case of emergency on campus call 4511 for Protection Services.




Office Hours

Professional Development Club Mentoring and Information Sessions: Learning Crossroads: CRX-010, Thursday, 16:00 – 17:30

Professional Development Club Working Sessions:  SITE 4-004, MThFr – 11:30 – 13:00,

Mana Azarm, mazar088@uottawa.ca, Mondays, 13:00 – 15:00

Sawsan Abdul-Majid sawsan.majid@uottawa.ca Fridays, 12:00 – 13:30



Peer Groups Sessions

Every Thursday, 16:00 – 17:30 in CRX-010

The Professional Development Club will be organizing mentoring and networking sessions that complement the Weekly workshops.

The intent of the club is to create a Community of Practice for professional program students who want to build their professional careers.

The following set of modules will be worked on and peer-reviewed in groups of at least 5 students.  When each module is completed it will be registered with the program coordinator.  At the end of the semester, registered students can receive a certificate listing the modules completed.

January 16, 2020

·         Peer Group Registration  


·         Career SWOT

o   What are your career objectives? Are you able to articulate them in writing, in person, in a presentation to a group?

o   What are your career resources? Are you able to find them, communicate and interact with them, understand and learn from them?

o   Perform a personal career SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

§  https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5543-personal-swot-analysis.html

§  https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05_1.htm


·           CEED Training and Project Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (Slide 16)

o   Complete at least one of MakerSpace or Brunsfield training or both (3 hours each) – Beginner Badge

o   Complete a small project in one of the labs - Intermediate Badge

o   12 hrs shadowing to become a recognized volunteer and be eligible to apply for CEED jobs

o  Complete a small project in one of the labs - Intermediate Badge

o   12 hrs shadowing to become a recognized volunteer and be eligible to apply for CEED jobs


January 23, 2020

·           Career Development Plan / Resources   

o   Answer the questions in the career planning presentation and discuss in your group

o   Develop an individual plan  and have it peer reviewed

o  Create a group plan of what you want to accomplish this semester 


·           LinkedIn Learning Modules

o   Each of the following learning paths (~ 6 - 10 hours of online content each)

·          https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/master-in-demand-professional-soft-skills?u=56981505

·         https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/become-a-high-performer-2?u=56981505

·         https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/improve-your-teamwork-skills?u=56981505

·         https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/become-a-thought-leader?u=56981505


·           Provincially Mandated Job Training

o   https://www.uottawa.ca/human-resources/mandatory-training-sessions

o   Digital Self-Defense and the What to do when someone discloses an alleged incident of sexual violence - Module 1 are restricted to uOttawa employees (i.e. not able to be completed by those with student accounts).

o   The quizzes require a login to record completion of the quiz in the user’s profile within the Learning Record Store (LRS):  https://web47.uottawa.ca/en/lrs/   

o   Remember to click “sign-in” in the upper right corner and use your uocampus credentials.

January 30, 2020

          ·          Marie Mitsuo, Career Counsellor at uOttawa Career Development Center (CDC) Resume Workshop Example Resume


February 6, 2020

·          Career strategy by Dr. Ahmed Ali, founder of Success Actualization Coaching.

February 13, 2020

·         Interview Skills, Cynthia Allen, Career Development Centre        

February 18, 2020, 10:00 AM in CRX-010

·         Information Session, Optical Network Market  -  Hojjat Salemi        

February 20, 2020

·         Reading Week – No session        

BUT, 530pm Webinar (Click to Register)  on Designing Your Elevator Pitch (Self-Awareness & Personal Branding). The webinar will be conducted by Design Thinking Practitioner, Coach and Educator: Omer Qadri.***

February 26, 2020

·         LinkedIn

March 5, 2020

·         Projects and GNG / ELG 5902 Industry Internship Project Course   Slides

March 12, 2020

·         Professional Communication Skills – OLBI (Margaret Norenberg)

 March 19, 2020

·         Careers in Enterprise Architecture (EA)

Alexandre Singh (Director EA Employment and Social Development Canada), Dean Ristani (Senior EA at Department of National Defence), Glen Barber (Office of the Auditor General Senior Auditor) and Dr. Robert Weisman (EA with CGI).

Please register (free) at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/enterprise-architecture-enterprise-audit-as-a-career-path-tickets-98253676391 


  March 26, 2020

·         Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology & Student Rights        


Schedule for Hojjat Salemi International Students Workshop Series

Every Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 am in CRX-010

Please sign in!! 

Hojjat Salemi International Students Workshop Series

January 10 – Introduction & Peer groups (Liam, Midia and Hanan) – Slides:  Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design

Thursday, January 16, 4pm in CRX-010 Information Session with Center of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (Jobs, Internships, Projects) – Slides: CENGN

January 17 –How to make the most out of your experience (Hojjat Salemi and Student Panel) – Slides: University Life

January 24 – Career and Library Resources, Search and Reference Management, Plagiarism, Job Search (Evan Sterling, Engineering Librarian) – Slides:  Library, Career Center

January 31 – How to Explore the Canadian Job Market

February 7 – Building Effective Presentation Sills (Anil Dilwari, Save It Like Sully)

February 14 – Career Options and Resume Review (Bring your resume!), uOttawa Career Services

*** Thursday, February 20, 530pm Webinar (Click to Register)  on Designing Your Elevator Pitch (Self-Awareness & Personal Branding). The webinar will be conducted by Design Thinking Practitioner, Coach and Educator: Omer Qadri.***

February 21 – No Session Today, Reading Week

February 28 – Technology Industry Trends – How to be ahead of the game

March 6 – Intellectual Property, Sheema Khan, www.stratfordmanagers.com  

March 13 – Projects and GNG / ELG 5902 Industry Internship Project Course   Slides

*** Thursday, March 19, 4pm in CRX-010 Careers in Enterprise Architecture Please register (free) at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/enterprise-architecture-enterprise-audit-as-a-career-path-tickets-98253676391  ***

March 20 – Customer Experience / Service Design with Katie Monteith (Director Customer Experience at www.pwc.com/ca )

March 27 – Summer Courses, Projects, Teamwork Skills (Liam Peyton, Vice-Dean Graduate Studies)

April 3 – End of Session Get Together




-- CEED Website: https://engineering.uottawa.ca/CEED

-- CEED Eventbrite site: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/centre-for-entrepreneurship-and-engineering-design-ceed-16791123821


uOttawa Campus

Student Academic Success Service

Academic Writing Center

            Library (Engineering Librarian)

            Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute

            International Students

Startup Garage

Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design

Career Center  

            What can I do with my degree? https://www.uottawa.ca/career-development-centre/studies


City of Ottawa

Ottawa Business Journal – Job Index

City of Ottawa – Working and Doing Business

Ottawa Public Library – Directory of Canadian business and Organizations


Professional Associations

Canadian Society for Engineering Management http://www.csem-scgi.org/index2.html

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies https://www.acec.ca/


Internet – Jobs

            Canada Job Bank https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

            Engineers Canada Labour Market Report https://engineerscanada.ca/reports/engineering-labour-market-report


Internet - Miscellaneous

Project Planning https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-needs-to-be-in-a-project-plan-1669741