Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 14 May 2018
I loved working at UBCO as a research assistant. I learned a great deal on how to research, transcribe and self-discipline. I couldn't have asked for a better part time position to work at while I was still in school
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 1 May 2018
It is difficult to write an effective review of my experiences as a PhD student at UBC as the most important aspects of a grad student's career varies depending on field of research and the supervisor. Make sure to thoroughly research research your lab and graduate adviser before accepting any offers!
Aside from that, UBC is a great place: beautiful campus, delightful staff and students, and a great work/life balance. There are numerous funding opportunities for both local and international students. The work atmosphere is definitely more collaborative than competitive.
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 10 April 2018
Very Flexible, depending on the department you work in. You are given the ability to juggle multiple projects and develop a wide array of skills. Great room for growth if you are more academic focused.
Administrator (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 21 March 2018
People tend to stay forever in their roles (there are people that have been there 30-40 years, refusing to retire or move one) so it is very difficult to move up in the organization. Management is not receptive to feed back, very top-down, traditional management style. Benefits are good but pay is below average. Expensive parking which makes commute really long by transit (and not worth it), especially when low-income staff have to live very far since housing is too expensive. Workers are treated as a cog in the machine - there are tuition waivers, professional development fund, etc. yet management is not supportive of you wanting to move up and beyond your position (they want you to stay in your position forever).
Very easy work (don’t need to think much)
Rigid management, lack of support for professional growth, low pay
Note taker (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 14 March 2018
Freedom to take my class notes on my own style, as long as they are legible and available for other's use. I am not required to answer questions of clients reguarding material, but I must clarify any doubts that arise reguarding understanding the notes.
Undergraduate Academic Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 5 March 2018
Scouted locations and contacted community leaders to bring STEM education to rural areas. Designed and delivered STEM and conservation themes programs to grade-school students. Grew the scope of the outreach department.
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 12 February 2018
I learned a lot about teamwork and working in a fast pace under pressure. I enjoyed this job a lot. The management is really good. You will meet people with different ethnicity that makes the workplace challenging but also fun because you get to meet and work with people with different culture as you. The hardest part of the job is when we get so busy and clean so much rooms. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you still get to have fun while working.
Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 28 December 2017
Working as a Research Assistant at UBC gives you a good amount of freedom to pursue the research of your interest while working with a really diverse set of people. Your supervisor plays a really important role in your learning and project progress, hence, be wise in choosing one.
Language Instructor (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 6 December 2017
The management is great and the staff are friendly and supportive. I worked there part-time and I learned a lot from other instructors through shared classes. The management was very supportive and provided feedback on classes they observed. They were always willing to advice on how to improve. The hardest part of the job was the unpredictability of work. I was only a part-time instructor and could only hope to get full-time work by teaching many courses. The most enjoyable part of the job was the field trips we did with the students who were mostly Asians wanting to develop their English on short courses.
Flexible working hours
No job security if you are not a full-time employee
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 27 November 2017
Through this position, I learned how to simplify complicated ideas on the spot to aid students understand the course material. Communication with the professor was seamless and very simple since she was easy to work with and work for.