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Your success is at the core of the services and programs offered by the Student Success Centre at McMaster University. Our long-standing commitment will support you from the time you accept your offer of admission up to five years after graduation in the areas of student orientation, academic skills, leadership, service-learning, volunteerism, educational planning, employment and career transition.

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  • MacServe Reading Week: Expand your horizon while giving back to the community

    Looking to do something fulfilling during Reading Week? Why not join others from across the country in MacServe Reading Week programs. MacServe Reading Week is a one-week experience that enables students to take a closer look at local, national and global issues while investigating their own capacity to affect positive social change. Launched in 2003, MacServe excursions give participants an opportunity to form new relationships and learn about themselves while they engage in valuable service-learning activities.

    Natacha Ngo, a third-year kinesiology student who participated in the Montreal program last year, feels the experience helped her develop leadership skills. "Before, I was wary of speaking my thoughts about issues that plagued our society. But this trip helped me to be more confident in expressing my thoughts to others," said Ngo. Registration for the five MacServe Reading Week programs is open on OSCARplus until Nov. 3.
    More information on each program.
    Read more.

  • Internship gives engineering student real-world experience

    By Rani Philip, Materials Engineering & Society
    If you are considering a co-op placement over the summer, an internship before your graduating year or looking to launch your career after obtaining your degree in an innovative and exciting company, ArcelorMittal Dofasco (AMD) is the right place to apply. Being part of the world’s largest steel maker, AMD, in our own city of Hamilton was the most rewarding experience I had as an intern. I am currently in my final year of Materials Engineering and Society and had an opportunity to complete my 16-month internship in the iron making department in the company's primary manufacturing division. As one of the blast furnace process co-ordinators, I got to be involved in the process of making molten iron that is utilized to produce steel for various sectors such as energy, automotive and construction.

    AMD has a lot to offer students and new grads, from on-site free gyms, training courses, volunteering opportunities to contribute to the community, and a competitive compensation package. As a world class manufacturer, the company is continuously looking to improve efficiency and productivity through innovation. Moreover, AMD has a culture that emphasizes the health and safety of its employees, making for a very safe environment in a heavy industrial setting. The roles given to co-op students and interns are real jobs with lots of responsibility and the opportunity to make a direct impact on the business unit and the company. There are many transferable skills that I have developed and strengthened because of the challenging, engineering problems that I worked through on a daily basis in teams and individually. In my opinion, it is definitely worthwhile to obtain real world work experience while a student. What better place to gain such an experience than at one of the largest companies in the world?

    Check OSCARplus for job postings for January and May starts.
  • Want to know what employers are looking for?
    Here’s the inside scoop

    At Career Fair on Sept. 18 at DBAC, Student Success Centre staff asked human resources and recruitment professionals from six top employers to answer questions and provide employment advice to new grads. Here is what the following employers had to say about job search, interview skills, the importance of volunteering, soft skills, attracting a company’s attention, and excelling in the workplace once you get a job.
    Air Liquide
    Procter & Gamble