Hey Lions! We hope that you had a productive Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair. Learning about yourself is critical to finding a career that aligns with who you are and your personal values and attributes. To help you discover your interests and help you achieve your career goals, the Career Centre has launched a new Career Exploration Guide on eClass. It is a one-stop shop to help students understand and develop their career aspirations.
The Career Centre recommends working through My Career Plan in this order to help you move forward in a logical way as you embark on your career exploration and job search. Read this #YUBlog post to learn more about the various resources available on eClass under each of the buckets in the Career Plan.
Learning About Myself
The “Learning About Yourself” module helps you identify your skills and accomplishments. You will be able to engage in career exploration, identify your career goals, increase your knowledge of career resources and create a meaningful career plan with confidence.
Success tip: It is a great idea to have the Career Exploration Workbook with you and reflect on what you’ve learned as you proceed with the modules.
Exploring My Options
Once you’ve taken the time to really understand who you are and what you want in your career, you need to do some research into fields and occupations you think might be a good fit for you. This module will help you in finding your perfect fit.
Success tip: You may even consider applying to graduate school or a post-degree professional program to gain more specialized knowledge in your field of interest.
Looking for Opportunities
Now that you have a list of areas that you may be interested in, it is time to perfect your resumé and cover letters. Your resumé and cover letter are your chance to make a great first impression on your prospective employers. This module has tons of resources and tutorials on how to write a resumé and cover letter, interview skills, LinkedIn resources on job hunting and more!
Success tip: Whether you are actively looking for jobs or not, it is a great idea to create and update your LinkedIn profile so that once you are ready to venture out into the job market, you already have a profile ready on the platform. Here is a LinkedIn Profile Checklist designed for college students to help you with your profile.
On the Job Success
If you already have a job but are unsure of how to succeed at it, the “On the Job Success” module will take you through job survival strategies, office etiquette, building and enhancing resilience.
Success tip: The first 90 days of a new job are crucial. Your boss will decide if you’re the right fit for the job and whether you can deliver results. It’s a fun time, but it can also be really scary. Make sure to go through the “What to do in the first 90 Days of Your New Job” video that breaks down the first 90 days for you, month by month, and outlines the activities you need to perform in order to make a real impact.
The Career Centre also provides various other resources for you to take advantage of. Take a look at their upcoming workshop calendar to find those that suit your needs the best. You can also visit the Virtual Career Lounge to speak to a Career Peer Educator or attend a group session, speak with a peer, book an appointment or participate in a special event.
If you have any questions, let us know in the comments or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.
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