Customized Programs for Life and Career

Our life and career programs can be customized to meet the unique needs of individual organizations. Needs are assessed with the organization in advance so that programming will be on target, appropriate, useful and applicable to the employee or manager upon returning to the workplace. These courses can be offered at UBC Robson Square, UBC's Point Grey campus or at a location of the client's choice.

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Assessment Services

Working with a wide range of private and public sector organizations, Life and Career Programs offers customized assessments/ workshops tailored to meet client needs. We offer the highly respected and well-researched Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i).

Our clients benefit from:

  • certified MBTI and EQ-i specialists providing quality learning experiences
  • practical tools designed to move people forward on an individual and team level
  • enhanced communication, problem-solving and leadership skill building.
Career Development

The rapid pace of change in the workplace due to mergers, globalization, demographic shifts and leadership changes has employers searching for creative and efficient ways to support employees in their ongoing career development. We can help you to help your employees to be self-directed in their career paths.

This one-day workshop provides a practical and educational framework for career decision-making. Based on the premise that career success begins with the individual and that every decision is a career decision, this interactive day offers practical tools and inspirational perspectives. Participants will have an opportunity to apply a career development model based on current career theory and action-based strategies delivered by UBC Life and Career Program career specialists.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • explore a framework for self-guided career development
  • clarify top ten work values
  • identify key transferable skills that engage a sense of purpose
  • consider personality indicators and their relevance to the work environment.
Conflict Resolution

Conflict is inevitable whenever people work together. If not properly managed, it can become confrontational, personally stressful and unproductive. While workplace changes may create unexpected pressures on employees to do more with less, to work with different teams or adapt to new situations, the result does not have to be destructive conflict. Participants in this one-day workshop will learn how to move beyond confrontational stalemates and address conflict productively. The focus is on learning strategies to manage conflict and practise some communication skills applicable to conflict situations.

Specifically, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • make sense of conflicts they encounter
  • discover what lies at the root of the conflict
  • manage themselves in a conflict
  • raise issues and present needs assertively.
Emotional Intelligence

As a manager or HR specialist you may ask yourself: Why do certain employees ignore the rules of the organization and others don't? Why do some people cause conflict while others are so good at resolving it? Why do some employees manage change well, connect with customers with ease, and solve problems? In many cases the answer to the above questions lies in emotional intelligence rather than IQ. Emotional intelligence (EI) is a person's ability to understand their own emotions and those of others, and to act appropriately using these emotions. The good news is that this ability to be emotionally smart can be learned.

Although feelings are often downplayed in importance in the world of business and leadership, understanding the feelings and knowing how to respond accordingly to oneself and others can have a major impact on effective decision-making, career success, and overall productivity. This workshop introduces participants to the foundations of EI. Specifically, there is an opportunity to:

  • identify and use emotions in day-to-day work and decision making
  • develop an understanding of key EI competencies applicable to workplace teams
  • apply empathy to build greater connection in relationships, even challenging ones.