Career Resources & FAQs

Resources

When it comes to all things careers, there is an abundance of resources available online. We’re always compiling guides, articles, and lists for you, but the best way to learn is through experience. The sooner you start thinking about career planning, the better. Book an appointment today with a Coordinator–we’re here to help!

WHAT IS ‘MY CAREER JOURNEY’? Learn more here.

mySELF: Goals, Values, Preferences, Interests, Skills

Self-Exploration
Career Self Assessments to connect your life and work goals

Career Planning with your program in mind

16 Personalities: Based on the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, 16 Personalities takes the 16 Meyer-Briggs types and breaks down each type into an archetype (think The Diplomat, The Actor, The Advocate), all of which are categorized into four main areas. The test results are comprehensive, free, and contain sections that detail your relationships and professional life.

Career Insite: A Government of Alberta website, this is a great tool for career planning where you can begin your own personalized career plan, take quizzes, and access notes and resources. Self-assessments include:

Interests: Create your career doing things you enjoy
Abilities: Identify the skills and talents that come naturally to you
Work Values: Base your career plan on what’s important to you
Significant Experiences: Use good things from your past to shape your future
Preferred Working Conditions: Consider the impact of where you work and who you work with
Multiple Intelligences: Discover the ways you are smart–your many intelligences
Vision: Identify your best possible future so you can help it come true

The MAPP Career Assessment: The Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential (MAPP) is an interest survey to help individuals identify their preferences for working with people or things, and other job characteristics. A free sample MAPP Career Analysis is provided, outlining your “natural motivations and talent for work”. It also suggests some occupations that match these preferences.

Princeton Career Quiz: A quick and accessible quiz that provides participants with a number of career options, as well as details about various professions in terms of education, progression, skills, day-to-day, and salary. (Keep in mind this resource is American!)

Big Five Personality Tests: A compilation of assessments based on the Big Five (a.k.a. Five Factor) model of personality. Tests measure traits like Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. NOTE: Only tests 2 to 5 are free.

Personal Globe Inventory: The Personal Globe Inventory (PGI) was created by Arizona State University to measure your interests in activities and help you relate these interests to life decisions such as what to choose for a career and/or a major focus of study, as well as what hobbies and out-of-work interests you may find rewarding.

Career Personality Snapshot: A quick test based on imagery that provides a broad overview of your work self. The results break down your career type and a breakdown of your interest areas.

Career Decision-Making Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ): This short assessment (first box) helps you identify the areas that might be holding you back in your career decision-making and suggests ways to overcome them. It highlights some of the common areas of difficulty people face when trying to make career decisions.

GPS LifePlan: Goals + Plan = Success (GPS)! This American resource offers career, education, finance, leadership, and personal plans for success for students. Start with the assessments and learn how to create smart goals and action plans.

Career Values Assessment: This free tool will help you learn more about your underlying work needs and motivations and will rank your work values according to how well they match a list of over 700 occupations. (Also an American resource!)

Work Importance Profiler: What’s important to you in a job? Discover how much you value achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions in a job. This resource from the California CareerZone, will give a list of jobs that reflect your values.


myOPTIONS: Career information, Occupational trends, Field requirements, Further education

Career Options
What is ‘Labour Market Information’?: This tip sheet by the University of Toronto Mississauga explains how labour market information (LMI) can provide you with critical details to help you make informed decisions about your career goals.

Worktrends.ca: London region job market trends and job information for students.

Researching Career Options: Complete this short, interactive ‘Job Search Skills’ module to understand the diversity of occupations available and how to research them; apply tools, databases, and search engines to identify career opportunities, and learn about the “hidden job market”.

Canada Job Bank: Explore careers by occupation, wages, education, and skills/knowledge.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code: This is Canada’s national system for describing occupations in the Canadian labour market. You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information. It consists of 10 broad occupational categories.

Real Talk: Over 600 career stories, tips, and advice from recent grads and young professionals across Canada and the U.S. to help students and others like them find careers they will love. Each career story starts with “In high school, I wanted to be…”

Networking
The Art of Networking: A Guide to Building Connections that Count
A short guide to understanding what networking is, how to find networking opportunities, developing your ‘elevator pitch’, and identifying your potential networking barriers—among a couple of other great tips to building authentic relationships.

Webinar: Your Elevator Pitch–How to Talk to Employers (starts at 9:39mins)
Western’s Careers & Experience team helps you prepare yourself for a job fair or employer information session and put your best foot forward with confidence when talking to employers.

Elevator Pitch Cheat Sheet
What do you say after hello? Use your elevator pitch to quickly and simply introduce yourself professionally when networking.

Informational Interviews
Informational Interviewing Tips: A breakdown of what an informational interview is, how to prepare, and typical questions to ask.

Webinar: Informational Interviews: Build Your Network through Conversations with Intent

Further Education
Your Future: A Guide for Potential Graduate Students: Created by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, this this helpful guide is a good first place start if you’re thinking about graduate school (geared to academic grad programs).

Further Your Education: How to research, apply, and interview for the graduate and professional programs you want to pursue next.

Path to Further Education: Steps to take when considering and preparing for further education.

Mastering Your Personal Statement: This user-friendly module created by the University of Toronto Mississauga will help you get started writing your first draft (best viewed in Chrome or Firefox).


myTOOLKIT: Job searching, Resume & cover letter writing, Digital presence, Interview preparation

Job Searching
Webinar: Getting a Job After Graduation
Learn how to connect with employers, uncover the hidden job market, and other effective job search strategies.

Find Work: Job posting sites in London & Canada, and for Full-time, Part-time, Summer, Government Positions

Non-Profit Employment Opportunities
In London & Surrounding Areas: Pillar Non-Profit Network
In Canada: Charity Village, CharityWorldWorks, Work in Non-Profits

Endless Possibilities: Websites for Working or Volunteering Abroad, Experiential Learning, Youth Entrepreneurial Programs

Working at Brescia, Western, King’s, Huron: For Working at Western (MyHR) you will need your Western login ID. Once you have entered that, select ‘Working at Western,’ followed by ‘Students.’ There are lots of excellent opportunities on campus!**

Note: Student Life does not screen organizations or their employment opportunities/labour practices. When applying for any opportunity it is your responsibility and in your best interest to research the organizations and their associated fees and practices.

Resumes
Review the 4 Rules of Resume Writing

Chronological Resume Example
Organizes your information based on date. Most well-known type of resume.

Functional Resume Example
Organizes your information by skill areas. A great format for individuals with limited related/work experiences or older experiences.

Combined Resume Example
Organizes your information using skill area headings, followed by experiences organized chronologically under each related heading.

Accomplishment Statements
A resource to help you develop strong, tailored, and professional statements for under each experience.

A Resume Makeover: View a resume: BeforeDuring and After a critique/review by a Career Peer

Real Resume Examples (scroll down)
Western’s Careers & Experience team share examples of real resumes that showcase a variety of strengths for a variety of job sectors: from resumes that highlight skills in a unique way, to well done skill headings and accomplishment statements, and ways to reframe little work experience.

Webinar: Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
Western’s Careers & Experience team teaches you how to create resumes and cover letters that will effectively communicate your skills. You will learn the “rules of resumes” and get a chance to practice putting your accomplishments in writing.

Cover Letters
Cover Letter Example
A sample Cover Letter highlighting the applicant’s skills, experiences, and fit for the specific position. Remember to create a new Cover Letter for every position you apply to, customizing the information you include based on the job posting.

Real Cover Letter Examples (scroll down)
Western’s Careers & Experience team share examples of real cover letters for a variety of positions–internship, part-time, summer, and full-time.

Ultimate Guide to Writing a Cover Letter – An excellent rundown of language that will personalize your letter, appropriate salutations and sign-offs, and preferred length and layout. (HINT: One page, please!) This article also includes valuable Dos and Don’ts checklists.

How to Write a Cover Letter – A useful resource that details how to personalize your cover letter through storytelling and highlighting your research of the company/organization.

References
References List Example
A sample list of References highlighting the information you will want to include.

Some job postings will request a resume, cover letter and three references. Generally, it is expected that you will submit your references when you are shortlisted. You should clarify with the company/organization’s HR rep if they would like three supervisory references.

LinkedIn
Expert LinkedIn Tips – 7 quick tips to help you stand out on this digital platform devoted to professional networking

A quick and easy guide for writing LinkedIn articles – Writing your own LinkedIn articles is an ideal way to increase your profile views and start to develop professionally. Follow professionals you admire and see what sort of articles they post regularly. You can write about your experiences as a student, from study tips to time management. The main takeaways? Get your profile in great shape and just start writing!

Interview Prep
Interview Preparation Guide
Discover the types of interviews that typically exist, how to dress, and what to bring with you. Even use our practice questions and ‘Do’s & Don’ts’ to help you build your confidence so you can focus on putting your best foot forward

Webinar: Interview Strategies
Western’s Careers & Experience team teaches you about “the basics”, interview types, response strategies, and other techniques to help you ace your next interview.

Interview Skills
This short, interactive skills module covers what employers are looking for, how to best prepare, and effective response strategies.

Practice with Interview Stream
Log in using your Western email and practice anytime, anywhere. Access over 1500 interview questions and video record your responses, review, and re-try. You can practice at your own pace and see and hear yourself online.


FAQs

It’s completely normal to have lots of questions when it comes to your career and your future. In the Student Life Centre, we can help you navigate this and encourage you to make a career appointment to talk with us. Remember: Your path is completely unique and there is no singular, linear way to get your destination. Let’s get started!

What can I do with my degree?
Anything and everything! Regardless of your discipline, when you graduate you will be equipped with a multitude of transferable skills. While you are studying at Brescia, we strongly encourage you to spend time building your experience by getting involved on campus, volunteering in the community, taking courses with experiential learning components, etc.

A degree alone is not enough to prepare you for the transition into the workplace—it is one piece of the puzzle when making decisions about your career.

The key is to learn about the career planning process and to start early. We recommend you attend a career planning session for more on how to begin this process. You are also welcome to arrange an appointment with one of our SLC staff members to speak about your individual situation.

How can you help me find a job?
We have sessions and tools to help you conduct an effective job search. Of course, there is more to the job search than simply searching. With our support, you will assess and articulate your interests, skills, values, and personal style; learn how to network; become aware of the ‘hidden job market’; develop good resume and cover letter writing skills; and prepare well for an interview.
How am I supposed to decide on one career for the rest of my life?
You’re not! Today, most people experience more than one career in their lifetime. Over time you will grow, your skills will grow, your experiences will develop, your interests evolve, and your priorities change. It’s perfectly reasonable–and very likely–to expect your career options and choices to change throughout your life.

Career development is a process–a journey. If you’re willing to commit the time to doing the personal work, we’re committed to helping you and preparing you along the way as best we can.

Will a career assessment tell me what I should do?
Many career assessments will give you career options to consider that are related to your interests, skills, values and personality. But no assessment can tell you what career to choose. Use this experience to generate options!

Assessments can provide you with additional information that may be helpful as one part of the career planning process. No test, however, can tell you what to do with your life or serve up the “perfect” career match. Assessments take a sample of certain kinds of knowledge or attitudes and draw conclusions based on the sample. Test results can be confounded by many things: cultural differences, unrepresentative samples, and unintentionally biased items, to name a few. Use assessments with caution, and critically examine test results with a career counselor in terms of your own experience and knowledge. You know yourself the best.

How will being involved now help me get a job after graduation?
Why wait until after graduation to get started on your career? As a Brescia student, you can get involved in campus work and leadership opportunities that will help you develop transferable skills and experiences invaluable to your post-graduation work search.

Consider that some involvements require more time commitment, yet they also likely provide more opportunities for personal growth, skill development, responsibility, and learning.

Other involvements require lower time investment, such as volunteering at an event or simply participating. These provide the chance for you to meet people, try out an experience, and determine your involvement interests.

Why should I get involved as a student?
Choosing to be involved will enrich your time at Brescia in so many ways. Making personal connections with faculty, staff, and others students, and being in the loop about campus events will transform Brescia into a place and space that’s yours. Getting involved gives you many opportunities to explore new interests, develop skills, enhance your academic pursuits, and have an impact on the Brescia community.

So, we ask you: Why NOT get involved?!

Do you help alumnae?
We are happy to support our young alumnae in a variety of ways (click ‘Alumnae’ tab), up to one year after graduation from Brescia.