Transitioning Semesters

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Making sure you persist in your academic career and gain the right skills is part of your journey at the college. We strive to ensure that you have all the supports you need as you move through your semester, graduation, and into the workforce. This set of content addresses those essential skills that you need to be successful at the college and in your career to ensure you maximize your efforts.


Your To Do List:

  • Sign up for a workshop and coaching on soft skill development topics each term
  • Connect with your Career Advisor and plan out your career goals
  • Sign up for industry events and build your network
  • Connect with GBC's alumni network when you prepare to graduate
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Skills for Success: Workshops & Coaching

Students graduating from higher education must be ready for a fast paced, uncertain and turbulent labour market. As the employment landscape continues to change, there is a greater priority for soft skills that enhance your ability to perform the tasks of your specific job and work effectively with others.

This series of content and coaching has been created to support the development of key soft skills that employers are looking for. Take a look at each of the topics below and sign up for a live workshop with optional coaching to follow offered throughout each semester on these topics. The sessions are aligned with important times throughout the semester to offer you the maximum value.

Students who attend the workshop and coaching sessions on all six topics will receive a certificate of completion. Read on to learn about more resources to assist throughout your college journey.

Master the Higher Education Classroom

Learning to navigate the higher learning environment is critical to your academic, personal and career success. Yet it can be very challenging to figure out where to go and who to connect with. This can sometimes be even more challenging in an online environment.

By attending this workshop and coaching session, you will be able to:

  1. Master the higher learning culture
  2. Discuss the role and style of the professors
  3. Find out the role and responsibilities of the student
  4. Become aware of academic and student success supports

Time Management and Organizational Skills 

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Managing multiple priorities and deadlines can be a daunting task, yet it is a skill that we all must learn and continuously fine tune to be able to achieve our goals and maximize our efforts. 

We'll share tools and tips for you to help you organize your tasks and overcome your procrastination and discuss different academic and personal strategies you can do to help you stay on top of it all.

By attending this workshop and coaching session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of time management.
  • Establish priorities based upon your values and goals.
  • Demonstrate self-management by setting reasonable boundaries.
  • Analyze and evaluate how you spend your time.
  • Learn what causes your procrastination and how to overcome it.

Teamwork Skills

Let’s face it, teamwork can be challenging! You may find teamwork stressful especially when your grades are at stake, because the quality of the work produced is dependent on the performance of your team members. As stressful as teamwork can be, learning to collaborate with others is an essential skill not only in higher education but also in the workplace. Instead of dreading that upcoming team project, our teamwork coaching sessions will help you to understand and work more effectively in teams by focusing on 5 key steps.

By attending this workshop and coaching session, you will be able to:

  • Understand team formation
  • Evaluate team goals
  • Determine behavioural expectations
  • Allocate skills and strengths of your team members
  • Establish project deliverables and meeting schedules

Intercultural and Social Intelligence 

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We are challenged by growing diversity in our population, yet some people are not given adequate opportunities to develop, on a conscious level, the skills to successfully handle and manage the challenges resulting from cross-cultural dealings which often result in miscommunication, misunderstanding and ultimately conflicts. The goal of the Cultural Intelligence coaching session is to increase awareness of cultural diversity and to help students understand how cultural backgrounds and values, impact how they communicate, behave and interact with others.

By attending this workshop and coaching session, you will be able to:

  • Raise your awareness of cultural diversity and social intelligence
  • Understand how cultural backgrounds and values, impact how we communicate, behave and interact with others
  • Improve your communication to encourage welcoming and inclusive environments

Develop the Mindset for Learning 

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Did you know that your mindset affects how well you will do in your program? Research suggests that learners with different mindsets can experience drastically different outcomes when faced with the same set of circumstances. Hence it is critical to choose the mindset that supports your learning now.

By attending this workshop and coaching session, you will be able to:

  • Determine how your mindset impacts your grades, career and life
  • Evaluate how your mindset affects the way you process information, interpret experiences and feel about your yourself
  • Shift to the mindset that supports your learning

Goal Setting 

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If you want to succeed in any aspect of your life, you will need to establish goals. Goals are the roadmap to our success because they provide us with the focus and direction to effectively navigate and take control of our lives. In essence, goals help us to create and mindfully shape our futures. Goal setting is a powerful process that helps you to think about what you want your ideal future to look like and to identify and implement the necessary steps to turn your vision into reality. 

By attending this workshop and coaching session, you will be able to:

  • Explore the process of establishing an action plan to guide you through the process of setting goals for career planning, advancement and change. 

Planning For Your Career

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If you haven’t already, make sure to connect with your Career Advisor. They offer a wealth of knowledge on your industry and have great advice and connections with partners across the city and the globe! You can book one-on-one career advising appointment to explore your options, talk about placement opportunities, fine tune your interview skills, or to start planning your strategy as you prepare to graduate and start looking for work.

Find your Career Advisor 

Make sure to take advantage of the many workshops, networking events, mock interviews, and online career resources through GBCareers. Career Peer Coaches (CPC) are available to assist you with your career journey! CPCs can support you with your resume, cover letter, basic job search strategies, reviewing your Linkedin profile, and interview prep! And don't forget, you will continue to have access to these resources for a full year after you graduate from GBC!

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Preparing To Graduate

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Are you graduating at the end of this semester? There are few things you should do to ensure you’re on the right track and have ticked all your boxes. We’ve compiled a quick checklist of what you need to do and provided some quick links to ensure you are ready to graduate.

Check that you have all the credits and courses required to graduate

  • Apply to graduate before the deadline
  • Pay any outstanding fees including tuition and library fees, as you will not be able to graduate until these are cleared. Visit your StuView to check for any outstanding balances.
  • Make sure your personal information is up to date in StuView, including the proper spelling of your first and last name, and mailing address
  • International Students should also check their study permit and passport expiration dates. Post-Graduation Work Permits require that these remain valid until after you have graduated.
  • Book your graduation photos through the Student Association
  • RSVP and attend your convocation in June

Graduation Eligibility 

Graduation FAQs

Important Dates for Grads

GBC Alumni Network

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George Brown alumni make incredible contributions to companies, communities and individuals every day. You will become an important member of a network of George Brown graduates that is more than 240,000 strong and growing every year.

Take advantage of networking events and opportunities, and numerous privileges as a part of our GBC grad network.

Learn more about becoming a GBC alumnus