Career Counselling

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How to gain experience when you don’t have experience

When I first met Melisa, she was a new grad exploring career options and was concerned about the level of...

Cassie at career booth

Is networking scary? (It doesn’t have to be!) 

Start by understanding the value  There are many benefits to networking:  Acknowledge that networking doesn’t always have an immediate impact ...

Navigating university as a first-generation student

Faced with difficult decisions, many of them had to choose between upholding a family business and pursuing higher education, a...

From grad school to your future career: Top career planning strategies for grad students

As a career development advisor, I encourage students to think of grad school as a pivotal time for career development,...

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Five tips for school-work-life balance as a student

I struggled to achieve a school-work-life balance, which caused a lot of issues with my mental health and led to...

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What I learned after receiving my first low grade

Since high school, I had high grades. In my third year statistics course when I recieved my first low grade,...

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Five ways to stay motivated

1. Complete small tasks daily   When I review the amount of work I need to complete, I feel reluctant. I...

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Five reasons why you should ask for help

1. Find services and opportunities that reflect your needs The first part of asking for help, is to seek someone...

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My experience changing programs

Where did I start? Figuring out what career you want to pursue is difficult, especially when you probably do not...

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How LinkedIn led to a successful co-op experience

1. Crafting an Impressive LinkedIn Profile To maximize the effectiveness of LinkedIn, the first step is to create an engaging...

Why graduate students should attend McMaster’s Fall Career Fair

Top reasons to attend Fall Career Fair as a graduate student  Fall Career Fair is the largest recruitment event hosted...

It’s okay to change career paths: Advice from McMaster alumni

What happens when your intended career path and the activities you enjoy no longer align?  Switching careers is difficult, especially...

Students at Dissertation Writing Intensive.

New writing and career services for McMaster graduate students

Improve your writing and get support with the dissertation writing process The Writing Centre is now open to support grad...

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Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader program includes a volunteer opportunity, scheduled professional development and connections to your peers. Browse all the appointment...

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Get the one-on-one support you need this year

Types of appointments and support Browse all the appointment types to find out how you can access support. Then, book...

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The Digital Challenge Cards

Get excited about the impact you can make in your career. Use the Digital Challenge Cards to explore what has...

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5 tips to overcome job search fatigue

Maintaining a healthy balance while searching for new employment can be overwhelming. As a student completing their second post-graduate certificate,...

Student and hiring rep at career fair.

6 tips to help you job search with the bigger picture in mind

When I was an undergrad student, I took a part-time job in a shoe store. I expected to work long...

Ashley Huang

Let’s chat about resilience: Program decisions, planning and pandemic pets

What does resilience mean to you? To me, resilience means never giving up. Not giving up when things get hard,...

String mural by Brittany Forrest in L.R. Wilson Hall. Text reads "you are here."

It’s okay (and helpful) to talk about failure

Failure and setbacks impact us all. Resilience is what happens when we keep going in spite of these challenges.