A graduate education helps advance your knowledge in a particular field(s), fostering your intellect and enabling you to apply your research to the benefit of society.
A graduate degree increases your competitiveness in the job market
Unemployment rates are historically lowest among those with graduate degrees (see fig. 1.1)
Average weekly income is highest among those who hold graduate degrees (see fig. 1.2)
Canada needs many more highly educated personnel in order to compete within the global economy
35% more master’s and PhD graduates will be required over the next decade
Graduate degrees help keep training and skills current, increasing eligibility for career advancement
Provides the opportunity for in-depth exploration, collaboration and the intellectual satisfaction of discovering and acquiring new knowledge
Become an expert in your field
Work closely with world-class researchers in your area of interest
Contribute to important research and discoveries
Improve your C.V. or resume by publishing in journals and presenting your work at academic and professional conferences
Contribute within academia as a researcher or professor
Own Your Future is the first curriculum-based professional development program in Canada, and is designed to complement doctoral students academic studies by preparing them for their future careers. The program supports development of six core competencies, all of which are essential to current and emerging careers for doctoral graduates.
Through Own Your Future, doctoral students will develop insight into their current skill set, focus their ongoing development on personally relevant outcomes, and learn to articulate and apply their strengths and abilities to their career goals. The program empowers students to take charge of their future by providing opportunities to develop the skills most relevant to their personal career aspirations.