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After having reviewed 5 overall job sources (read it here if you missed it), I’d like to highlight one of the top student job sources – Career Services.
Utilizing Your Friendly Career Services:
Consistently ranked as one of the top job sources for students, even in the social networking era, career services are still underutilized.
As a student you should at minimum know about the service offerings available to you via your career service office.
Whether it’s to discuss what life after school will look like in your chosen career direction, review your resume, help writing a compelling offer letter, or understanding which employers are most actively hiring – Career Services should be on your go-to list.
Career Service Offerings:
Career service offerings will vary from school to school but in general will include:
Career Development Support:
This support includes planning a rewarding school experience to help transition into a long-term career.
Advisors provide assistance in making informed decisions and changes about educational and career direction. They have experience helping students understand connections between their educational choices and how they relate to the opportunity to establish a chosen career. They can help provide insight into the feasibility of your goals and create a plan of action to achieve these goals.
Job Resources and Skill Development:
Career Services have up to date listings of available co-o, summer term, part-time, and full-time job opportunities.
Most offer additional opportunities for skill development through resume writing and interviewing classes or workshops, individual appointments and/or a suite of online resources and tools.
Learn how to self-assess, understand your strengths, connect with meaningful opportunities, and start building the career you envision!
Employer Networking Opportunities:
Career Services exist to connect students to great employers.
They have multiple opportunities throughout the year for students to connect face to face with employers via career fairs, employer information sessions, employer panels, speaker series and a wide variety of other on and off campus networking opportunities (mock interviews; soft skill learning; field visits etc.)
Make sure to check their website and events calendar to take advantage of these opportunities.
3 Tips from Career Services Staff:
Excited? Have I enticed you to plan a visit to career services?
Here are some tips directly from career services staff that will help you make the most out of your visit:
1. Visit Career Services Your First Year:
Take the time to stop by and learn about all the services that you can benefit from throughout each year of your studies.
For example, learn how to choose a program and specialization that “fits,” make informed re-decisions as needed, and get related experience through paid or volunteer work.
2. Walk In With a Plan:
Come prepared to ask specific questions. Have a plan for what you want to accomplish.
Make the most out of your appointment time so career services can focus on supporting your plan of action and provide you tools to succeed.
3. Watch for Opportunities:
Look for ways to engage with your employers of choice.
Career Services brings hundreds of different employers on campus each year in different capacities from a cross section of industries. Don’t miss out on opportunities to get an edge
Don’t Let This Resource Be Underutilized
Throughout my career I have had the pleasure to work with numerous career services at a variety of post-secondary educational institutions. What do most have in common? The passion and desire to help students reach their full potential!
Have a great story about how career services has helped you? Share it here!
Thank you to my contacts at University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and University of Regina for supplying these tips!