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Grow Your Career Conference 2024

Join us for our seventh annual Grow Your Career Conference. Each year, we gather inspiring professionals and thought leaders who have forged unique careers, demonstrated resilience and made an impact in their communities to share their experiences and expertise with the alumni community.  

This year, we have put together a conference program featuring a variety of topics, speakers, career-development professionals and formats so that, no matter who you are, or where you are in your professional journey, you will learn something to help you to launch, advance or re-imagine your career. 

Don’t forget the door prizes!

Anyone who attends the full in-person conference day on March 2 will be entered to win one of two $300 credits towards a UCalgary Continuing Education course. You can gain a second entry by signing up at the Continuing Education booth.  

Continuing Education offers a wide range of extension seminars, courses and programs to individuals and organizations seeking opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment. Flexible learning. Online and on campus. Programs are designed to fit into the adult learner’s life and busy schedule.

Please note that two $300 credit vouchers are available. Attendees must be present for the draw at the end of the in-person conference day to claim their prize.    

In-person Conference Fee

UCalgary alumni

$50.00

UCalgary students

$50.00

Community members

$75.00

Please note that webinar attendance is free

$0.00

If the conference fees are a financial barrier to your attendance, please reach out to alumni@ucalgary.ca and ask about financial support to attend Grow Your Career Conference 2024. 


Webinars

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Leveraging AI for Your Future Career Success

Feb. 27 | 12 to 1 p.m., MT | Free

Online (Zoom)

You may know that the use of AI is on the rise in a number of industries, but have you ever thought about how it may be impacting your job search? Join us for a panel discussion on how to get ahead of AI when you're thinking about pursuing a job change or excelling in your current role.  

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Unconscious Bias and How it May be Impacting Your Career

Feb. 29 | 12 to 1 p.m., MT | Free 

Online (Zoom)

Unconscious biases are present in many areas of our lives, including the workplace. Join this webinar to advance your understanding of your own unconscious biases, and how to push past them towards forming genuine connections throughout your career.  


In-person Conference Day (March 2)

Join us for our full in-person conference day! Alongside the sessions listed below, your conference day will include a continental breakfast, networking opportunities, lunch and the chance to get a professional headshot taken

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Navigating Career Success with Naheed Nenshi

March 2 | Morning Keynote | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

Kick off this year's Grow Your Career Conference in-person day with an inspirational talk from Calgary's former Mayor and UCalgary alum, Naheed Nenshi, BComm'93. 

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Redesign Your Time - A Life Design Activity

March 2 | Afternoon Plenary | UCalgary Downtown Campus  

Join this interactive session, open to all conference attendees, to help manage your to-do list and make the most out of every hour of your day.    

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Workplace Burnout: Prevention and Intervention

March 2 | Morning Concurrent Session | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

You’ve heard the term “burnout” before, and have perhaps even experienced it, but do you know how to identify, combat and prevent burnout? Learn practical tools for each in this interactive workshop.  

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Redefining Leadership in the Multigenerational Workplace

March 2 | Morning Concurrent Session | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

Join a panel of diverse leaders to hear inspirational personal stories and get practical advice on leading with impact, regardless of your age or career stage.  

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Your Guide to Making a Career Change a Reality

March 2 | Morning Concurrent Session | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

A career change be daunting. But with the right preparation, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re interested in a career pivot, now or in the future, this session is for you. 

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Ask a Career Expert Anything

March 2 | Choose Your Own Career Adventure Afternoon Activity | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

Have a career question that you’ve been dying to ask, but don’t know who to go to? This interactive session is your opportunity to ask experienced career professionals about the things that are keeping you up at night related to your career (like interview tips, resumé writing, navigating career transitions and entrepreneurship). Think of it as speed dating, but without the pressure and the awkward conversation about who will pick up the bill.  

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Resumé Revamp

March 2 | Choose Your Own Career Adventure Afternoon Workshop | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

Your resumé is often the first thing an employer sees when considering you for a job opportunity. How do you ensure you’re following the best template, using the proper keywords and including the right amount of information about your previous job experience? Our team will share their top tips for resumé writing and then you'll get the chance to meet with a professional for quick, 1:1 feedback on what kind of a first impression your resumé is leaving. 

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Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews

March 2 | Choose Your Own Career Adventure Afternoon Workshop | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

Interviews can be exciting, but also overwhelming and intimidating. And although you’ve heard the adage “practice makes perfect,” it’s not often that we get the chance to test-run formal job interviews.  This session will allow you to take advantage of a unique opportunity to practise and hone your interviewing skills in a supportive and guided mock interview format. In groups of three, you will be able to take on the roles of interviewer, interviewee and observer while being supported by a career professional.  

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Mastering Gig and Freelance Work

March 2 | Choose Your Own Career Adventure Afternoon Workshop | UCalgary Downtown Campus 

Are you looking to expand your opportunities to generate income or build your skills and expertise? Whether you are a recent graduate, a seasoned career professional or somewhere in between, you always have the chance to re-think what we traditionally refer to as ‘work’. This ‘how-to’ workshop will provide key information and resources regarding expanding your career or making a job switch to gig and freelance pursuits. Additionally, you will gain knowledge of free career supports in ‘non-traditional’ work that you will be able to access following the session. 


About the location

UCalgary Downtown Campus is located at 906 8th Avenue S.W.

There are a number of parking options near the Downtown Campus and it is located one block away from the 7th Street C-Train Station. Find information on parking and transportation.

The UCalgary Downtown Campus has accessible elevators, as well as a gender-neutral washroom on the first floor. Please share any other accessibility questions/concerns when prompted on the registration form.