Career retention, navigation and transition

Build career resilience to achieve a career of wellbeing and success for yourself or your teams. 

Career Retention, Navigation and Transition services is a dedicated and holistic offering for all staff and leaders to engage and build their careers and that of their teams, within their roles and through professional experiences at UBC. 

This service partners with staff and leaders to create possibilities for growing careers in unique, creative, and non-traditional ways while contributing to their team’s mandate, and larger university’s strategic goals.

Our services aim to assist you with building your career at UBC. We will help you navigate the intersectionality of your role, stage of employment, personal and professional identity, career experiences, and more as you partner with us in building your unique and fulfilling career. 


Through our services, you will: 
  • Align your personal values, interests, strengths and experiences with UBC’s strategic plan and the work at the institution.  
  • Develop meaningful connections and shared vision with your department’s goals, and engage with communities of common interests and practices.  
  • Explore opportunities to learn and grow professionally.  
  • Commit to continually practicing career navigation and embracing changes within your career on an on-going basis throughout your employment at UBC.  

Our services

Dual Career Spousal Staff Program

We also offer support for spouses or partners exploring faculty and staff job opportunities at the university through the Dual Career Program. 

Candidates for faculty positions and their partners should first contact the department head, director or selection committee chair of the academic unit to which you are applying. With the support of the Dean, the unit representative can then make a referral and connect you with our services, and we will guide you through the process.

Meet Pooja 

Pooja Khandelwal has a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA), is a Master Certified Coach (MCC, ICF), Advanced Certified Team Coach (ACTC, ICF), Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and Dare to LeadTM trained facilitator. She currently leads this portfolio of services. 

Learn more about the work in her words in this Q&A article on 'Exploring the unexpected path to career fulfillment' featured on UBC Today. 


Career Navigation and Transition consultations at UBC are a fantastic service, and represent the best part of working, learning and growing at UBC. My talks with Pooja were nurturing, challenging, refocusing and inspiring, and gave me what I needed to land on my feet.  

I had the pleasure of working with Pooja throughout a recent career transition. Her kind and inquisitive approach created a safe space to explore my transition while aiding me in taking a more holistic approach to the situation. She aided me in pausing to take the time to truly grow from the experience and not merely push forward to the next job opportunity. 

I worked with Pooja to help with career transition in the months preceding the end of my grant-funded position. Her services were most useful and her compassionate, thorough and timely approach was most appreciated. I was very happy to find out that UBC HR could provide me with such efficient support.

I recently had the pleasure of working with Pooja in planning a career transition. I really appreciated that Pooja takes a holistic and balanced approach in her coaching. This process helped me develop my own inner “compass”. I may not have landed my dream job quite yet, but thanks to her advice and support I now have a crystal-clear vision of where I want to go and feel absolutely confident on my ability to get there. 

Get in touch

Ready to begin your career retention, navigation or transition work? Get in touch with us at

Supports for managers

If you are a manager or people leader looking for support for teams, including building your team’s career resilience and engagement for achieving agility within your unit, view the Career retention, navigation & transition for teams webpage (CWL-protected).

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