Career Counselling and Support

Searching online for career advice and guidance can be overwhelming. Sometimes you need to check in with an experienced career development professional who can answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Our team of career and employment experts can help.

Get answers to your career questions

Do you feel stuck in your career exploration, career development or job search? There are a lot of career and education options out there — almost too many to count. Make an appointment with our careers team. We’ll help you explore so you can identify and pursue the options that make sense for you.

Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 

 The Student Success Centre’s career team offers drop-in services, no appointment required, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 1:30 and 4pm. Drop-ins are offered on a first-come, first serve basis. 

  • Virtual drop-ins (15 minutes): Access the virtual drop-ins on the Brazen platform 
  • In-person drop-ins (20 minutes): Visit us in the Student Success Centre in Gilmour Hall 110. Check in at the front desk. 

Career counsellors work with you in a supportive and collaborative manner to help you make career, education, and life decisions.  

At the Student Success Centre, our career counsellors help you:   

  • Reflect, explore and plan your career and/or further education journey. 
  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings about your career or education concerns. 
  • Assess your interests, strengths, values and factors influencing your career development. 
  • Locate career and education information to inform your decision making.   
  • Strategize and develop a plan to achieve your career and further education goals.   

Career assessments, such as the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, SkillScan and Challenge Cards are also available. Meet with a career counsellor to find out which tools can help you and gain access. 

Job searching is an important process in your career development. You may have questions about how to conduct your search effectively, including how to find suitable opportunities, how to prepare a successful application and more.

Job search coaching appointments can help you with any of the following:

  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Job Search Planning and Strategies
  • Networking
  • Interview Coaching
  • LinkedIn Profile
  • Workplace concerns
  • Job offers

Through Alumni Career Services, provided by our careers team and the McMaster Alumni Association, you have access to career counselling and advising for up to 10 years after you graduate. Meet with an alumni career counsellor to support your career exploration, planning and goals.

Support for equity-deserving students

Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) can help you overcome any barriers you may experience during your career journey. We can help with accommodations, guidance on how and when to disclose a disability and more.

“I wanted to get a summer job but I found the job market very confusing and daunting due to my autism spectrum disorder, depressive mood disorder, and anxiety. Tanya from CAPS was very kind and understanding, and empowered me to find a job on my own by giving me the tools and the confidence, and supporting me when it became overwhelming. I definitely would not be working right now or even last summer if it wasn’t for CAPS.”

— Program participant

Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) are for students and alumni who identify as a member of an equity-deserving group or have barriers to employment.

Equity-deserving groups include people who experience discrimination and social barriers that prevent them from receiving equal access to services and opportunities. Some equity-deserving groups include women; racialized persons; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; persons with disabilities; and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

The CAPS team provides individualized support to assist with all aspects of career development including exploration, preparation and the building of skills and confidence. Our services are flexible and adaptable. Email us (careeraccess@mcmaster.ca) or book an appointment on OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Appointments.

If you have an accommodation need to book an appointment, please email careeraccess@mcmaster.ca. Should you require any materials sent in an alternate/accessible format, please advise.

The CAPS team is working with Engineering Co-op and Career Services to support your employment needs and connect you with opportunities.

If you’re an Engineering student who identifies as having a disability, you’re eligible for support through this program. We know the term “disability” covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and some invisible, some episodic and some lifelong. Whether you’re registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) or not, you may benefit from participating in this program through CAPS.

The CAPS team provides individualized support to assist with all aspects of career development including exploration, preparation and the building of skills and confidence.

Email kett@mcmaster.ca to start the conversation and get connected with CAPS.