StepUP Summer Program

Get ready to be authentic, daring and curious. This 8-week program is designed for both post-secondary students and recent graduates.

Choosing a career path that incorporates your strengths, interests and values is no easy feat. Here at GradusOne, we help you take the first steps in your career by providing you with the resources, skills, and connections to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your career choices. Expect all the support and knowledge you can get to help you focus on your personal and professional growth and find a purposeful career. You’ll walk away with a clear sense of identity, a well thought-out career plan, and the soft skills necessary to help you succeed and thrive in the workforce.

Application period is now closed.

What You Will Uncover


Make informed career decisions by gaining a sense of identity by discovering your strengths, interests and values

Career Exploration

Discover various career options and industries by connecting with top local professionals


Create, prioritize and track short and long term career goals and objectives

Networking Skills

Learn the art of starting conversations, maintaining connections and building long-lasting relationships

Personal Branding

Build confidence and present your best self through personal storytelling and brand identity

Transition to the Workforce

Gain insight into how you can build your skillset, strategize your job search and tap into the hidden job market

What You Will Access

Industry Knowledge

Learn from industry leaders who work in various fields and receive first hand advice to help you stand out.

Interactive Learning

Get access to over 20 hours of instruction with hands-on activities, weekly challenges, assessments, and peer-to-peer discussions.

Networking Opportunities

Grow your network within the local community, form strong industry connections, and showcase your talents.

Supportive Environment

Gain access to one-on-one guidance and receive ongoing career support during and after the program

What You Will Gain

Skills, Connections & Resources

Action Plan

  • Career Plan & Goals - 6 Months, 1 Year, 2-Year
  • A detailed and complete online profile
  • Certificate of Completion


  • Clear understanding of your strengths, interests, and core values
  • Clear understanding of industries and organizations that align with your career goals
  • Skills and confidence to build meaningful relationships one-on-one and at events
  • Authentic pitch and story that represents you


  • Connections with speakers, industry partners, educators, and your peers
  • Informational interviews with a minimum of two professional connections
  • Access to GradusOne Alumni Network


  • Personal and professional development materials curated by GradusOne
  • Free access to two GradusTalks panel events in 2017 valued at $50

"The most unique aspect of GradusOne is definitely the honest and supportive ecosystem created through the events and programs. This has made it easy for me to meet new people and provided me with clarity on what I want my career to look like. I liked that I wasn’t just learning from professionals, but also had the chance to connect with students from different schools and faculties.”

Zee Samnani, 3rd year student at SFU

What You Will Commit To

Attend All 8 Sessions

Participate in group activities and discussion

Weekly Challenges

Complete challenges assigned at the end of each session
Share your accomplishments with your peers

Leverage Online Tools

Connect with peers, instructors,
and speakers throughout the program

Be open to understanding yourself

Delve into your interests through self-reflection

Journey Reflection

Track your progression and successes through
journaling, blogging, vlogging, or other mediums.


GradusOne’s educators are dedicated to providing the best experience possible.

Collectively, they bring 40+ years of experience in education and youth development, and have held countless talks, workshops, and lectures for students, grads and young professionals. This is just a snippet of the kind of individuals you will learn from.

We also have numerous industry professionals that you can get to know throughout the program! You’ll have to chance to connect with experts from various fields from large globally recognized firms to small local startups. Our goal is to connect you with the professional world and get all your career questions answered through guest speakers, workshops, informational interviews and more!

Delivery & Curriculum

Each session will run from 6pm - 9pm every Thursday for two months and will incorporate discussion, workshops, teamwork, activities, guest speakers and more. After each session, you have until the following session to complete a weekly assignment, which will be based on the topic of that week and is designed to help you apply your learnings. Each assignment is expected to take 2-4 hours to complete.

2 Month Summer Cohort

8 Weekly Sessions
Thursdays 6pm-9pm

Weekly Assignments

Assignments and challenges based on the topic of that week and is designed to help you apply your learnings. Each assignment is expected to take 2-4 hours to complete.

Weekly Sessions

Sessions will include discussion, workshops, teamwork, activities, guest speakers and more.

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews with a minimum of two professional connections from an industry of your interest.

This is where it all begins. If you’re spending the next 8 weeks together, getting to know one another is key. We’ll focus on some team building, set expectations for the program and really get to know you. You’ll start digging deep into your strengths, interests and values and how they all feed into your career and life. We’ll be discussing assessments (which you’ll take in May before the program begins!) and what you can take away from them. A project will also be assigned.

We’ll continue to access your ‘why’ and discuss what this means. This includes identifying how others perceive us, understanding your superpowers and learning how to build a story in order to create a unique personal brand. You’ll start to crystalize what your core values are and learn how to present your best self with confidence.

Now that you better understand yourself and your values, you’ll need to identify how you can translate this to a clear purpose and vision and set goals around what you want to accomplish. You’ll work on defining your short and long term career goals, and how to build diverse experiences while learning how to incorporate balance, growth, and discipline into your goals.

Time for some real talk. How do you go from being a dreamer to a doer and access career opportunities that are best suited for you? We will discuss how you can explore various career options and learn how to make critical career decisions. You’ll learn about the job market, how to conduct research and navigate different industries, and resources you can utilize to build the necessary skills and experiences to stand out.

Networking is transactional and relationship-building is transformational. Once you’ve identified your career goals, the next step is getting out there, sharing your presence, and forming the right connections. You’ll learn how to meet people, create great first impressions and take part in genuine conversations. You’ll also walk away with tips to navigate the hidden job market and take advantage of informational interviews, job shadowing and mentorship opportunities.

Tell the world by communicating your brand online. This is just as important as in-person interactions. You’ll learn best practices to build a strong online presence, how to maintain a positive relationship with your connections, and translate your purpose into all aspects of your communication. We’ll be hands-on and work on your LinkedIn profile along with any additional digital assets.

We believe in instant application of new skills and learning by doing. You’ll take part in rapid relationship-building with some top local professionals from various industries and organizations in Vancouver. You’ll learn how to practice effective networking, engage in meaningful conversations while gaining insight into different career options and forming solid industry connections. This is also the perfect opportunity to practice your pitch and share your unique story and values.

We will end off by reflecting on all your learnings and what your next steps will be. You’ll be presenting your personal projects and will discuss what you will be doing to continue working towards your purpose and goals. We’ll also present various opportunities to stay connected and build new skills and connections through our community.


Program Fee


Application Deadline: April 21th

This includes all 8 sessions, assessments, meals during each session, one-on-one guidance throughout the program, industry connections and post-program skill-building and networking opportunities.

The fees can be paid in two installments.
Installment one of the payment is due when you accept your invitation to the program.
Second installment is due a week before the program begins.


Sessions will take place at the HiVE.

Hive Vancouver - Collaboration

210 - 128 W. HASTINGS ST.,
Vancouver BC, V6B 1G8.

A 5-minute walk from
Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain Station.

The HiVE is a hub for the social impact community and has been named the best coworking space in Vancouver!

As a student of this program, you will also receive a Free Day Pass to work at the HiVE ($45 value).

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Application Process

Our 3-Step application process will determine if this program is the right fit for you.


Online Application

All applicants must complete the application form in order to be considered for the program. The application process allows us to get to know you and evaluate whether this program is the right fit. We want to know about your background, experiences, and expectation. You can also submit an optional 30 second video to show us your creative side and why you want to be part of this program! Provide a link to your video at the end of the application.   Get Started  →



A 30-minute one-on-one interview will be conducted with each applicant either via Skype or in-person. The interview is designed to be a casual conversation to assess where you currently stand and your interest in the program. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions! This will help us ensure the Step Up program is the best fit for you, customize any materials, and create a supportive learning environment.


Acceptance and Payment

Acceptance letters will be emailed out on May 01. Students will have 7-days to to accept our invitation into the Step Up Cohort. The first payment installment will be collected on May 07. The second installment will be collected on June 05.  View Pricing →

Still curious about our Step Up Summer Corhort?

Feel free to contact us with any further questions. Contact Us →

Important Dates

  • March 21
    Application opens

  • April 21
    Application Deadline

  • April 22-28

  • May 1
    Acceptance Letters Emailed

  • May 7
    Deadline to Accept Invitation
    First Payment Installment Due

  • May 10
    Cohort Roster Finalized

  • June 05
    Second Payment Installment Due

  • June 8
    Program begins


There are no major prerequisites or prior skills and knowledge required-- our program is designed to help you discover your strengths and develop skills during and after the 8 weeks. All we ask is that you have the right mindset and attitude to enter this program. If you’re self-motivated, driven, and have a great work ethic, we want to hear from you!

You will meet a large network of industry professionals ranging from small to large organizations from diverse industries including technology, finance, marketing, fine arts, operations, design and more. Based on your area of interest, we will also introduce you to professionals that best suit your career goals.

Yes, we welcome all students from any school or faculty! Our goal is to create an enriching learning environment allowing you to not just learn from the facilitators and speakers, but also from a diverse and unique group of peers.

Definitely! Education can be seen in different ways and we’re big believers of giving everyone an equal chance. We would evaluate your fit through the application and interview process.

This program is designed to help you feel confident with your career direction and goals. If you are already working, this is your chance to discover your strengths, interests and values and ensure it is aligned with your current role. This may lead to a transition or realignment, which we can support you through. You can also solidify your personal brand and have the opportunity to explore further career options, set short and long term goals, and build your network.

To make it easier, we’ve split the cost into two installments. The first installment will be due upon program acceptance on May 7, and the second installment is due on June 5 before the program begins. We understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you cannot meet these deadlines, and to set up a customized payment plan.

Although we cannot prevent anyone from being sick (take care of yourself!) or any unexpected emergencies, we definitely recommend that all participants attend every session in order to maximize your learning. As it is an 8-week program and a new topic is introduced each week, you will get the most benefit by attending every session and connecting with everyone in the room.

These topics were chosen based on numerous conversations with companies, professionals, educators and of course, students! Many recent graduates do not feel prepared for the job market after post-secondary and hiring managers agree. In order to be confident with your career direction, you need to fully understand yourself, your network and the industry, and be able to communicate this effectively to others. We’re here to bridge the gap between education and career readiness and help you become more self-aware while building the necessary connections to understand career options, industry trends, and job prospects at an earlier stage.

Each session is held once per week for 3 hours. You will also be given assignments which you can complete at your own time and are expected to take 2-4 hours/week to complete. The total commitment will be roughly 40-50 hours over the course of two months.

Still curious about our Step Up Summer Corhort?

Feel free to contact us with any further questions.

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