Whether you are a first-year student or a recent graduate, it’s always a good idea to stay one step ahead when it comes to preparing for your future career. While it may seem like it is difficult to do when we are all learning from home, York university’s Career Centre is still offering an abundance of online services for you. In this post, we will highlight some of the services that you have access to while learning remotely.
The Career Centre has a variety of workshops that are offered virtually every week for your convenience. While they would normally take place at the Career Centre, during COVID-19, these workshops are done online as webinars and you can register for as many as you want to on Experience York.
The workshops cover a wide range of topics, for every stage of your career journey. If you’re unsure of where your degree can take you, you can always check out a workshop like “What Can I Do With My Degree?” or if you’re just looking to start preparing to enter the workforce, you can learn some basic steps as well as tips and tricks in workshops like “Resume & Cover Letter Writing” or “Interview Preparation.” Sign up now and gain some great knowledge and skills!
If you are having difficulty deciding on a career path or are unsure of how your degree may relate to your future career, the Career Centre offers one-to-one career counselling to help you with your career-related questions and concerns. Your first virtual session will be a 20-minute session and follow-ups are 50-minute sessions.
Did you know? Career Centre services are also available to new grads, so once you graduate, you’re still eligible to meet with career counsellors, attend workshops, utilize the Career Centre’s resources and join their networking events.
York’s Career Centre Moodle site has several modules that will support your career development. They are designed to provide you with information and tools to get you started.
Some of the topics include:
- Looking for Opportunities: This section covers the most basic first steps to getting your career started such as resumes and cover letters. It also goes in depth about interviews to get you well prepared!
- Exploring My Options: This topic gives you abundant resources on job search as well as other opportunities after graduation such as further education.
- On The Job Success: Even when you’ve successfully got your dream job, York U Career Centre is still here supporting you with all the new workplace changes you need to familiarize yourself with. This is everything from office etiquette to expanding your network so you can shoot even further!
Daily Career Lounge sessions are offered virtually on The sessions are available every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Career Lounge is a space where all students are welcome to drop in (in this case, virtually) and ask Career Centre staff, Career Peer Educators or guests questions related to their career. There is no time limit or a limit on the number of sessions you are allowed to attend. You may also meet other students that have similar goals as you at the Career Lounge, so you can help each other out while simultaneously expanding your network!
5. Ask the Pros
Similar to the Virtual Career Lounge, Ask the Pros is also a series of sessions where you get the chance to speak with professionals from various fields and ask questions about their path to their current position. There is generally a different topic each session, so find the right one for you and join in!
6. Career Plan
The Career Centre has put together a step-by-step plan for you to kick-start your career right now! Your career plan will provide you with tools and information to help you explore your career options, build experience, prepare for your future career, and find a job – whether it’s your first job after graduation or a part-time or summer job right now.
Each step is broken down into smaller steps with detailed guides and information. All your questions regarding finding a job, further education, building experience, job success and more will be answered. The Career Centre can help you with every step along the path to your career with this plan by providing you with skills and knowledge, while also pointing you in the direction of experiential opportunities that may help you moving forward.
Bonus: LinkedIn Learning Courses
If you didn’t know, LinkedIn is not only a platform where you can network and find connections for your future career; they offer a lot of non-credit career-related courses as well! As a York University student, you get a FREE membership to LinkedIn Learning!
To access these courses all you have to do is log in using your Passport York account. Follow the link above, which will take you to a page on the Career Centre site, and you’ll find several courses listed under LinkedIn Learning Courses. Please note that these courses are not offered by the Career Centre, but the content and quality have definitely been reviewed and approved by them!
Save the Date! Virtual Career Fair
To take preparing you for your future career to a higher level, the Career Centre provides you with a lot of opportunities to connect directly with employers, including Career Fairs twice a year!
This year, the Fall Career Fair has been moved completely online and will take place on September 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. More information will be available regarding the highly anticipated annual Career Fair, so be sure to visit the Career Centre’s website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date.
We hope this post has motivated you to get a kickstart on your career path if you haven’t already done so! Even when we can’t meet in person, the Career Centre is always there to support you. Good luck, Lions!