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Learning Skills Inventory
Your skills are essential to your personal, professional and academic growth throughout university and beyond. Use this tool to find out if you’re on track to succeed at university based on your skills and habits. The Learning Skills Inventory is based on key academic skills assessments used at post-secondary institutions across the country. The SSC academic skills team refers to these skills in their one-on-one coaching with students and skills development programming.
Academic Skills Animated Series
A career isn’t something you find — it’s something
you develop and manage over time. The Career Planning Notebook can help you work your way through this process. Based on our career development model, this notebook will guide you to…
- Reflect on your interests and identify your personal skills.
- Explore your career and education options.
- Connect with people and opportunities.
- Develop skills and gain experience.
In addition to expert advice, student experiences and valuable resources, the Career Planning Notebook contains customizable year-by-year plans so you can track your progress, stay motivated and check things off as you go — because we know how satisfying that can be!
Big Interview is a comprehensive interview practice tool that will help you build confidence and develop your interviewing skills. Choose from a large database of interview questions to create your own practice sets that fit with the opportunity, occupation or interview type you’re preparing for. Take advantage of Big Interview to prepare for work interviews, professional school interviews, clubs, volunteer opportunities and more.
What’s in the cards for your career? Narrowing down your career options isn’t always as easy as matching your interests to a career. Don’t worry — the Digital Challenge Cards tool is a career assessment that can help you discover and consider your career options based on what has purpose and meaning for you. All you have to do is think about which challenges you want to explore.
- Create Your Side Hustle (PDF)
- Experience Building: Career Conversations (PDF)
- Experience Building: Find Opportunities on OSCARplus (PDF)
- Experience Building: Get Involved and Get Experience (PDF)
- Experience Building: Working Virtually (PDF)
- Finding Volunteer Experience for Medical School (PDF)
- Operate and Promote a Successful Side Hustle (PDF)
- Volunteer Applications: Police Checks (PDF)
- Volunteering on Campus (PDF))
- Volunteer: Places of Interest (PDF)
- Why Volunteer? (PDF)
- Why Volunteer Online? (PDF)
- Cover Letter Tips (PDF)
- How to Prepare for a Company Information Session (PDF)
- Interview Workbook (PDF)
- Networking Workbook (PDF)
- Part-Time Job Search Tips (PDF)
- Resume Tips (PDF)
- Resume Workbook (PDF)
- Salary Negotiation Tips (PDF)
- Summer Job Search (PDF)
- Top 10 LinkedIn Tips (PDF)
- Virtual Career Fair Prep (PDF)
- Virtual Interview Tips (PDF)
- Virtual Job Search (PDF)
Digital Skills Series
Mac’s Money Centre is a wealth of financial knowledge
You’re going to have money questions in university and beyond. Visit Mac’s Money Centre to get the information and guidance you need to start building a foundation for your financial wellness. Your future self will thank you. Plus, you’ll find that money management isn’t as scary or challenging as it might seem, and financial concepts like investing, taxes and credit aren’t so complicated.
Go to Mac’s Money Centre for information on…
- Paying for school
- Budgeting (and sticking to it)
- Saving and investing
- Big financial decisions (buying a car, home and more)
- Credit and debt
- Taxes (fear April no more!)
- Life after mac (job offers, pay cheques, insurance and more)
- Money psychology (curious about your money personality?)
- The list continues…
Financial management is about more than using spreadsheets — although we have those, too. At Mac’s Money Centre, you’ll find informative pages, blogs, videos, interactive resources and more.
Mac's Money Show
Planned Happenstance: Global Opportunities
iCent: An app just for international students
All new and returning international students must sign up for the iCent app. This ensures that we have the proper information to support you and help you make the most of your time at McMaster.
How it works
- Download the iCent app (available at the Apple Store and Google Play Store). If you’re unable to download the app, visit the iCent web version.
- Select “Canada” as your institution country.
- Select “McMaster Undergrad Programs” as your institution name.
- Follow the “email and PIN” button.
- Enter your McMaster (@mcmaster.ca) email ID. You will receive an email with a secured PIN to log in.
- Enter the secured PIN and go to “continue.”