Experiential Learning

Your experiences beyond the classroom are also part of your learning. But, how do you find those opportunities that will contribute to your skills and experiences, while also working with your academic and personal life? We can connect you to opportunities that work for you.

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Uncover opportunities to gain experience through the SSC.



Student at volunteer fair.

Community Engagement and Volunteer Fair

Community Engagement and Volunteer Fair Event

Discover rewarding opportunities to get involved and gain experience Volunteering and community engagement are great ways to try out new...

Student and employer connecting at a job fair.

Online Volunteer and Job Fair

Online Volunteer and Job Fair Event

Connect with employers to get hired and get experience Come to the Online Volunteer and Job Fair to explore your...

Two students at Forge workshop.

Side Gig Week

Side Gig Week Event

You have what it takes to start a side gig — and we’re here to help You might be wondering,...

Students at Lyons New Media Centre.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week Event

Your innovative ideas can make an impact in the world Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a collection of activities, competitions...


OSCARplus is an online platform you can use to engage with Student Success Centre services. These services include events, appointments and workshops to support your academic, personal and professional development and success.

On the experiential learning end, some highlights of OSCARplus include:

  • Appointments
  • Workshop and event registration
  • Volunteer and job postings (we add new opportunities every week!)

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.

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.

Our Career Planning Notebook, developed by our career counsellors and team, 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

Making informed career decisions requires research. During this process, you may find out that the realities of certain industries or positions differ from your expectations or assumptions. Here are some recommended resources to help you go beyond Google in your research.

We also recommend checking out the Career Decision-Making section of our website for ideas. In particular, Career Conversations and the Going Beyond Google sections.