Tara Christie, alumna of the Universities of Manitoba and Calgary, always had a passion for teaching and the biological sciences. She spent 12 years of her life preparing for her ‘Plan A’ of securing a faculty teaching position. While her cv was packed with teaching experience, graduating with her PhD in Molecular Biology during the economic downturn of 2008 led her to consider other career paths as teaching positions were few and far between. A serendipitous conversation with one of her PhD committee members raised Tara’s awareness that her skillset was applicable to many jobs outside of teaching and research, and ultimately lead her to securing her first role outside of academia, helping to develop and manage the graduate and summer undergraduate research programs at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Tara currently manages the University of Calgary My GradSkills professional development program for graduate students. Working together with groups on campus and across Canadian Universities she is passionate about helping graduate students in their skill development as they prepare for jobs both within and outside the academy. Outside of working at the University of Calgary Tara also enjoys teaching and performing Highland Dance and dabbling in graphic design.