Skill Development Events & Webinars

Rapid Resume Reviews

Do you want to feel more confident in your resume’s ability to secure a job interview? Attend this free virtual event and get resume advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the key components of an effective resume, and learn how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

These events are a quick review of your resume by up to 8 volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists). Space is limited—register early to avoid disappointment!

Rapid Resume Review & Cover Letter Review

Join us on November 18th for a virtual Rapid Resume Review and new for 2020, a Cover Letter Review component.

November 18, 2020
5:30-6:30 p.m.

November 18, 2020
6:45-7:45 p.m.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us for a presentation filled with tips and tricks on creating the perfect cover letter. 

November 16, 2020
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Rapid Resume Reviews

January 4 & 5, 2021 (choose ONE date)
5:30 - 7:00pm


Speed Mock Interviews

Do you want to feel more confident in your ability to perform well at a job interview? Attend this free virtual event and get interview advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the best interview tactics, and how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

These events are a quick review of your interview skills by up to 8 volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists). Space is limited—register early to avoid disappointment!


November 26, 2020
5:30-6:30 p.m.

November 26, 2020
6:45-7:45 p.m.

January 13, 2021
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Engineering Alumni Panel Discussion Webinar

November 23, 2020
12:00 - 12:50pm

Are you curious about life after graduating with your engineering degree? Attend this free webinar and listen to five University of Alberta engineering alumni talk about their experiences after graduation. The panelists will answer the following five questions, followed by audience Q&A. Don't miss this chance to gain insight into your future career! 

  • What inspired you to choose your discipline?
  • What are some things you learned in your degree that still apply to you today?
  • From personal experience, what do you think is the most effective way to get a job?
  • What are some differences between your current work and how you envisioned it would be?
  • What are some things you wish you would have done differently to lead you to where you are today?

Register for the Alumni Panel


  • Originally from Chilliwack, B.C., Zion came to Edmonton in 2007 to attend the U of A. In 2011, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering. After graduating, Zion began working as an Environmental Engineer at Thurber Engineering in Edmonton. His role at Thurber took him to every corner of Northern Alberta to manage and execute environmental assessment and remediation projects. In 2017, Thurber sponsored Zion to return to U of A to complete his Master of Engineering Degree in Geoenvironmental Engineering and he finished the program in 2019. Today, Zion continues his role at Thurber Engineering as an Environmental Engineer where he manages environmental projects around Alberta. Outside of Thurber, Zion volunteers with various organizations including his role as the Chair of the U of A’s Engineering Young Alumni Council (ENGGYAC), as the Secretary of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton (GSE), and as a volunteer mentor for ENGG100 students at U of A. In his free (pre-COVID) time, Zion loves to travel and explore new places (including over 15 countries in the past seven years). He’s also an avid scuba diver, golfer, snowboarder, and backcountry camper.

  • David Sirois completed his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Traditional) in 2015. Since graduating, David has worked in the role of consulting structural engineer in the commercial, multi-family residential, light industrial, institutional, and healthcare sectors.

  • Heidi Cossey is an Environmental E.I.T. and a PhD student at the University of Alberta studying Geoenvironmental Engineering. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Environmental Engineering (Co-op program) in 2015 and her Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering in 2018, both at the University of Alberta. She worked as an E.I.T. in remediation at AECOM before returning to graduate school. Heidi has won numerous awards throughout her career for academic excellence, research and teaching abilities, and leadership. She is currently the Chair of the Engineering Young Alumni Council’s Women & Diversity Sub-Council, Vice President of the University of Alberta's Canadian Geotechnical Society Student Chapter, and  co-founder of the Faculty of Engineering’s FEM Program, a mentorship program to encourage women and other underrepresented groups to pursue engineering.

  • Maisam Al-Mehdawy, P.Eng., is a Project Engineer at ATCO. She received her B.Sc in Civil Engineering in 2012 from the University of Alberta. She began her career as a field engineer in the construction industry where she travelled periodically between Canada and the United States. She then transitioned to the pipeline integrity industry with ATCO where her current role includes the project management of pipeline inspections and repair, the design of cathodic protection and AC mitigation facilities, integrity assessments and investigations and other integrity related duties that ensure the safe and efficient operation of pipelines.  Maisam is also a member of the ENGGYAC Women & Diversity in Engineering sub-council where she focuses on supporting and promoting the inclusion of under-represented groups in Engineering.

  • Scott LaBuick is a Project Engineer, E.I.T. with Select Engineering Consultants who works on the design and construction of land development projects in the Edmonton Region. In addition, Scott is the Chair of EnggTALK, a speaker series within the Engineering Young Alumni Council (ENGGYAC) at the University of Alberta designed to showcase intriguing ideas, spark inspiration, and build a community focused on connection and innovation. A strong believer in personal development and lifelong learning, Scott regularly looks for opportunities to push his comfort zone and experience something new. Scott holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering (2018) from the University of Alberta.

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Microsoft Word I Webinar

If you use Microsoft Word for essays, reports or academic papers, this session is for you. Learn all about Word’s hidden characters and commands so that it does what you want it to do. You will especially love it if you have to type a report and need a table of contents. This is not an introductory course, so get ready to take in some great tips and timesavers!

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Non printing characters and codes
  • Changing default settings
  • Tables
  • Getting things to line up quickly (Tabs and indents)
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Styles
  • Table of contents
  • Keyboard shortcuts

January 11, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Register for Word I

Microsoft Word II Webinar

Do you want to change things up in your document such as different headers and footers or orientation (portrait/landscape)? Don't get frustrated; creating sections is the answer. This session will teach you how to create sections, add customization, and covers many other topics designed to make your life easier.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Working with sections
  • Chapter and book formatting with different headers
  • Formatting reports/articles/academic papers (cover page, table of figures, page numbers, references, formatting columns, etc.)
  • Automate things (auto text, autocorrect, toolbars, macros)
  • Citation management
  • Equation shortcuts

January 18, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Register for Word II

Microsoft PowerPoint Webinar

How would you like to add a "wow factor" to your next PowerPoint presentation? Learn how to use this powerful program to clearly present your information and data to different types of audiences.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • How to make presentations more visually appealing and target to different audiences
  • Transitions and Animations
  • Tables
  • Auto spacing of figures
  • Formatting tips
  • Managing slide images and data
  • Tricks for technical presentations (linking an excel data table/graph to PPT, editing a table during a presentation)
  • Keyboard shortcuts

January 25, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Register for PowerPoint