Last week, my blogging colleague Sunera gave a few useful tips to those of you Lions who are close to graduation and thinking about professional next steps. I’m here to continue that conversation by focusing on one particular resource: York’s Career Centre. If you are you a student asking yourself “what can I do with my degree” or “what do I want to do next?”, read on.
Designed to provide you with the skills to articulate who you are, create opportunities and build confidence, these on-campus services and events make for a great start:
What Can I Do with My Degree? Workshop
For students wondering how their degree may relate to their career direction, this workshop teaches you how your experiences and skills help build a foundation for the future. You will also leave the workshop with the ability to identify resources for exploring career options.
Who Am I? Self-Assessment Game
Playing an interactive board game, you’ll develop a career profile to help guide you through your career exploration and leave empowered about the direction you want to take your professional future. Who said career exploration can’t be fun?
“The social interaction in small groups was nice,” one York student who recently attended the Who Am I? Self-Assessment Game workshop told me. “I can move forward with a clearer view on what I value most in the workplace.”
The game is played with five people per board, so bring your friends — or make new ones!
Fun fact: this game was designed by the Career Centre’s counsellors and is played at nine other Canadian universities, as well as schools in China, South Korea and Luxembourg.
Other Career Exploration Workshops
Other workshops include Suit Yourself: Personality and Career Choice, To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Workplace Considerations for Students with Disabilities and Transferring Skills from Academe to the Workplace (for PhD students).
1:1 Career Counselling
If you prefer, you can meet one-to-one with a friendly career counsellor who can provide support identifying and exploring career options. As Sunera mentioned in her post last week, that was an opportunity she took advantage of and found really helpful.
Are you a commuter student? Just really busy? Can’t make it to an event in person? The Career Centre still has you covered:
What Can I Do with My Degree? Website
This resource allows you to explore career options for more than 70 areas of study offered at York. Each field is also available in a printable PDF format.
There’s even a nifty video to help you use the website!
Plus, when you visit the page for your field of study, you’ll notice the LinkedIn Alumni tool in the sidebar, under “What are York alumni doing with this degree?” This tool provides a great way to learn about where York graduates work, what they do and what their skills are.
For example, if I want to work in Human Resources (HR) for TD Bank, I can see York alumni in HR roles at TD, along with plenty of helpful info. For instance, the tool tells me that only 47 of the 118 HR people at TD graduated with a degree in HR; 20 came from a psychology program, 13 from sociology and so on. In other words, studying HR is not the only way to work in HR, and the tool can provide these insights to help you explore career options.
To learn more about using the tool for career exploration, watch Steve Watt from LinkedIn demonstrate.
Lots of career events are recorded and uploaded to the Career Centre’s YouTube channel for you to watch at any time.
For instance, here’s a Career Conversations Panel with marketing professionals that took place last year:
Occasionally, “What Can I Do With My Degree?” and “Making Degree Choices: The Other People Factor” are also offered as webinars. Check the Career Centre’s webinar calendar to look for these and other upcoming webinars.
You might remember this tool from high school – well, it’s still available to you as a York student. The video below explains how you can access it and how it can be used to explore different careers:
Some pretty great resources, right? Everything I listed here is available to all York students, as well as to new grads up to two years after graduation. For more information, check out the Career Centre website or visit them in 202 McLaughlin College.