Life Design Workshops and Programming

Life Design workshops and events give students the tools that they need to imagine and plan for their personal and professional futures. Programming is offered as a series of ongoing workshops and events, and is free and available for students throughout the academic year.

Create an action plan for your future

Life Design programs are available as pre-registered workshop sessions and are available to all UCalgary students. In these sessions, students use design tools to understand and re-frame unhelpful thinking, set future goals and create solutions for short and long-term challenges that they’re facing.

Life Design Studio

What careers are you interested in? Where will you be in 5 years? How can you live a more fulfilling life?

If any of these questions are on your mind, make sure to attend Life Design studio during reading break!

Participate in a 2-day studio designed to offer hands-on activities for applying design thinking tools to challenging and exciting life questions. Throughout this intensive workshop, participants will gain insights into Life Design, engage in interactive learning sessions with peers, and enjoy complimentary lunch provided on both days. It is essential for attendees to commit to the full 2-day duration to maximize the value of this experience.

Date: Feb. 20 & 21, 2024

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (both days)

Location: Life Design Hub (MacEwan Student Centre 171)

Unlock your potential with the Design your UCalgary Coaching Program.

Join a group of students interested in exploring topics like:

  • the value of university,
  • how to plan academics,
  • envision a future career, and
  • address tough problems.

This is a Quality Money project, brought to you by your Students’ Union.

Based on Stanford University’s popular “Designing your Life” courses — this program is designed to help students understand how to get the most out of university experience.

What to expect?

Be part of a close-knit coaching group including a campus staff Coach who will provide guidance on goal setting and pathways to achieving your personal, professional and academic goals. Group coaching is an innovative approach to help participants get motivated, supported, and connected as you work on your goals, or explore how to have a fulfilling experience in university and beyond.

Applications for the winter coaching cohort are now closed.


Group coaching is where like-minded students interested in exploring how design thinking can help with achieving academic, professional and personal goals are grouped together. They are assigned a dedicated staff member who coaches the group through engaging design thinking learning and activities. Group coaching is flexible, supportive and helps connect people throughout the campus community.

Through lively discussions, engaging activities and targeted guidance, Life Design Coaching helps:

  • Clarify a path forward: Explore personal interests and align university experience with goals
  • Overcome obstacles: Learn to navigate challenges and effectively make difficult decisions moving through the university experience
  • Cultivate connections: Find motivation and support from like-minded peers and a supportive coach
  • How design thinking can help with personal, academic and career planning
  • Exploring interests and co-curriculars
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Managing time and energy
  • Networking and connecting with campus resources to help meet goals

The dates for the Winter 2024 coaching cohort are as follows:

  • Program Kickoff - Feb 6, 2-3:30 PM
  • Group Coaching Meeting - Feb. 27, 2-3 PM
  • 1:1 coaching meeting: Scheduled with your coach in March  
  • Program Wrap-up & Celebration - Mar. 19, 2-3 PM