Applied Workplace Learning and Experience

Applied Workplace Learning and Experience

Gain work experience related to your interests

Explore, experience, and connect through workplace integration. Participation in these programs can help you gain career-related knowledge while also developing your employability skills. Through these programs, you will also:

  • Gain a better understanding about careers and industries of interest while also exploring other career options.
  • Discover the importance of academic learning and skills and the ways in which they connect to the workplace through guided activities.
  • Develop a new set of skills through applied experiences enabling you to market yourself professionally.
  • Actualize the value of existing skills and experiences and their relationship to potential career paths.
  • Strategize ways to source, connect, and leverage relationships with industry professionals.

These programs are open to students and alumni.

Job Shadow

Women in leadership job shadow program.

The Young Women in Leadership Job Shadow Program

The Young Women in Leadership Job Shadow is a new program that aims to provide McMaster students with an opportunity to shadow an experienced industry leader. It has been developed to create the space for young women to have career conversations and seek advice from women leaders who have achieved career success.

What is a Job Shadow?

Typically one to two days in length, job shadowing is a way to help make decisions about your future career by exploring different roles and companies in your preferred industry. It provides a snapshot of a day in the life of a job and can reveal inside information about a particular occupation or company. Observe and experience everyday business operations while at the same time, connect with professionals at your job shadow to gain insight into specific industry knowledge and skills.

2018-2019 dates:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to Friday, October 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 19, 2020 to Friday, February 22, 2020

Apply today!

Apply on OSCARplus, under the SSC Sessions and Workshops Calendar.

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Job Shadows On-Demand

Did you know that 84% of potential Canadian employers expect you to have three years of experience for entry-level jobs? We know this expectation is high, especially when you’ve got academics and other commitments to worry about.

We can help you get that first step in the door with our Job Shadow services. Many employers in our network accept students for job shadow experiences throughout the year.  We can facilitate those connections or if we don’t have a contact from your career or industry of interest, we can help you find the right fit for you. Start building experience one small step at a time, it all adds up and it all counts.

I found this experience to be an extremely enriching. I attended a 2 day program at Metroland Digital Media, and I was introduced to a lot of new marketing concepts which really expanded and revitalized my understanding of the field. Exploring areas of digital and print marketing, I was able to integrate the knowledge I had attained through school to apply them in real world problems. Perfectly combining sales trips and with in-office analytics, I was able to get the exposure of a marketing analyst and a sales team leader. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a great work experience.

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Student and Experience e-Development Program (SEED)

SEED Program. Enhance your employment skills and build your resume.

Gain relevant skills for your resume

Gain relevant skills for the job market by participating in the SEED program. SEED gives you direct access to mentors who can help you advance your career or unlock your interests. We help you connect with an industry professional to ensure you have the best experience possible.

How it works: To complete the SEED program, you must commit 1-1.5 hours each month to work through our four core themes. Each theme has an activity and skills assessment that you will discuss with an industry mentor. If you complete the program, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use on your resume.

Career Treks

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Career Treks are short-term opportunities that can provide you with real world, hands-on experience. During this experience, students have the opportunity to work with a company to provide project support, while gaining experience and getting mentorship in that career or industry.

Experiences include communications, marketing, testing, market validation, website redesign, business strategy, arts and creative, market research, data analysis, focus group, beta testing, hands-on production, and more. The Career Trek format has many options, such as:

  • Half day (a couple of half days; 5 to 10 hours)
  • Work in groups (apply individually)
  • Unpaid career guidance and mentorship from a supervisor

These opportunities will be posted throughout the year on OSCARplus, under SSC Sessions & Workshops.

Canadian Work Experience and Skills Development Program

Join the Canadian Experience and Skills Development Program and learn to succeed in the Canadian workforce - Open to International and English-As-An-Additional language students.

Are you interested in gaining experience in the Canadian job market?

This program offers a pathway for students to explore their career readiness in the Canadian workplace.  Students participating in the program can build the skills and experiences that employers are looking for. Special attention will be given to the value of your international experiences outside Canada and help you integrate these experiences into your career planning. With a combination of in-person and online components, the program is flexible and fully supported by our career experts.


Gain confidence speaking about your unique skills, including the benefits of being an international student

Write a resume that appeals to Canadian employers

Receive mentorship from alumni in the workplace

Build your knowledge and experience by visiting a workplace

Experience one to two days of career-related experience


Take a personalized approach to your career path with our Applied Workplace Learning and Experience Appointments.

  • Explore career paths
  • Apply and participate in opportunities
  • Make industry connections

Do you already have experience? Book a Now What Appointment to find out what you can do with your job shadow, volunteer, or summer job experiences.

  • Craft how you share your experiences on your resume
  • Create an action plan
  • Apply what you’ve learned