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.

Do you need guidance to help with your career exploration and career planning? Check in with us to get support and get answers to your questions. Our careers team is available online for drop-in chats on Brazen every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. These chats are short, 10–15-minute meetings where you can get answers about careers, further education or anything employment-related.

Meet with a professional career counsellor to address your concerns, explore your options, discuss your career goals and develop a personalized plan. We can help you build self-awareness and connect your values, interests and skills with exciting industries and career paths. Career counselling appointments are confidential and take place in a safe, welcoming space.

Career counselling tools

We use valuable tools in our career counselling appointments to help you reflect, identify strengths, understand your past experiences and more. Try out these tools before your appointment to help you get the most out of the meeting.

  • Career Cruising: This career guidance resource features Canadian information on hundreds of occupations and educational opportunities.
  • Digital Challenge Cards: This is a career discovery and assessment tool that can help you 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.
  • Career Planning Essentials: This is a comprehensive, self-paced online course to guide you through the career planning process. Registration opens on OSCARplus at the beginning of each month. Go to OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Events, and find the listing at the beginning of the month to register.
  • TypeFocus: This tool includes personality and interest assessments and reports so you can learn about your strengths and personal preferences and explore your career options.

Career counselling appointment types

Get flexible support through one-on-one meetings over Zoom or by phone. (You can select which option you prefer when you book the appointment on OSCARplus.)

  • Career and further education planning (50 minutes)
  • Career and education information (20 minutes)
  • Career Access Professional Services: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace (50 minutes)

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.

Through job search coaching, you can check in with our careers team to receive support during every stage in the job search process.

Job search appointment types include:

  • Resume and cover letter critiques
  • Experience building
  • Volunteering
  • Job search strategies and networking
  • LinkedIn profile development and critiques
  • Interview prep

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. Whether you’d like to chat over the phone or online through Zoom, Skype, email or another platform that works for you, we’re here to help. Email us (careeraccess@mcmaster.ca) or book an appointment on OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Appointments > Careers.
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.