UBC Applied Science's Professional Development and Experiential Learning (PDEL) site, is designed to give School of Engineering students an edge in a constantly evolving job market through action-based programs and workshops.

Students can discover and connect with hands-on learning opportunities to forge professional networks, enhance written and verbal communication skills, and upgrade emotional intelligence and inclusive leadership abilities.

Not sure where to start? Use the experience explorer below to discover an opportunity that best fits your unique goals!

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Find co-op, research, work learn, and volunteer opportunities to gain hands-on experience and build your skillset. Discover our available career resources and how to write a top-notch resume and cover letter to showcase your accomplishments.

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Whether you participate in our Mentoring Program, attend a career fair or industry night, or join in on a company information session, connecting with industry and likeminded individuals is key to building out a robust professional network.

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International Experience

Study at one of our internationally acclaimed partner institutions, conduct research abroad while gaining valuable intercultural skills, and grow your global network by attending an international conference as a presenter or researcher.

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Student Groups

Connect with student clubs, engineering design teams, student government, department clubs, and equity seeking groups. Connecting with your peers is a great way to build your leadership skills, make friends and enhance your university experience.

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Graduate Students

Enhance your graduate student experience by participating in our Mentoring Program, networking with industry professionals, learning about graduate pathways to success, and acquiring the skills needed to be a teaching assistant.

Skills for the Workplace

Now, more than ever, employers are looking for more than just technical skills. Learn more about the skills you will need in the workplace and how you can work toward them as you progress through your degree. 

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Dean's Message

UBC Applied Science Dean James Olson shares his message on the importance of experiential learning and making the most of your time as a student.

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Student Profile Showcase

Unsure of what experiences resonate with you? Learn from past and current students who have participated in experiential learning opportunities.

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