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About CAPS

The Career Access Program for Students (CAPS) provides a customized approach to skill building and career development for students and alumni who identify as persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities, First Generation students and 2SLGBTQ+ identified persons. The program instills optimism and confidence to guide students in their career journey by offering multiple ways to access its services, through a flexible time commitment that meets individualized needs.

By participating in CAPS services and activities, students can choose to receive career guidance in areas such as career exploration, strategic goal setting, personal branding, employment opportunities, and the development of an Individualized Employment Action Plan. Students will also build a network of career mentors who will provide tools, advice, and shared experiences. Students are free to participate in as few or as many services as they choose.

If you would like to be involved in CAPS, please email careeraccess@mcmaster.ca or book an appointment on OSCARplus.

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How to Participate

Learn About Yourself. 

Identify employability skills and the knowledge essential for targeting appropriate career options.

Tools/Activities: SkillScan assessment.

Explore Career Options.

Find information and resources on the wide variety of career paths open to you.

Tools/Activities: Career Cruising, TypeFocus, Majors Website, and Career Planning Group.

Advocate For Your Needs.

Do you have questions about asking for accommodations in the workplace? Should you disclose? If so, how and when?

Tools/Activities: Tips Sheets, resources and SSC consultations.

Gain Experience.

Develop employability skills through paid, academic, co-curricular and volunteer experiences. Connect with employers who are currently hiring.

Tools/Activities: Community Engagement & Volunteer Fair, Volunteer Breakfast, Online Volunteer Fair, Career Treks, ClubsFest, Club membership/involvement, Fall Career Fair, Connect to Careers, and Company Recruitment Sessions.

Find Employment Opportunities.

The Student Success Centre believes in the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce. We work to create job opportunities here on campus. We also work with external employer partners and organizations develop more opportunities for students.

Partners include CareerEdge Internships, Lime Connect, Off-Campus jobs, Ontario Public Service, Link-Up, and Magnet.

Expand Your Network.

Make real-world connections. Observe and learn about different careers and industries from those who have lived experience addressing barriers and challenges as it relates to managing diversity in the workplace.

Tools/Activities: Job Shadow, Hamilton Employment Crawl (HEC), Career Conversations, Career Mixers, Networking events.

Start Your Job Search

Get assistance with job search strategies and personal branding.  Make connections to external resource for additional support.

Tools/Activities: Resume building & critique, Elevator Pitch creation, Cover letter development & critique, Linkedin, Career EdgeLime Connect, and Magnet.

Try Our Survey.

At the Student Success Centre, we are committed to the success of every student. Recognizing that each individual’s path to success is different, we ask that you take a moment to fill out our survey to help us improve our services.

At the Student Success Centre (SSC), we are driven by McMaster’s commitment to creating a Brighter World. When pursing experiential learning and career development opportunities, the SSC recognizes the importance of inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, accommodation, and equity. We take an individualized approach when working with students, campus and community partners.

Contact Us

If you are interested participating in the Career Access Program for Students, please contact: 

Student Success Centre
Gilmour Hall, 110
careeraccess@mcmaster.ca | 905-525-9140 x24254

Participating in the Career Access Program for Students allows you to tailor your experience and customize the services to best suite your individualized needs.

Accommodations

Inclusive Environment

At the Student Success Centre, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment in our workplace and during our events.

Event Accommodations

If you have an accommodation need for a planned meeting, please e-mail our staff below. Should you require any materials sent in an alternate format, please advise.

Wellness

Student Success stems from Wellness

Many students have difficulty in finding the right career fit. At the Student Success Centre, we want all students to be successful.

Visit the Student Wellness Centre

We provide a range of counselling options, medical services, and wellness programs so that you can get the most out of your McMaster experience!

Our Partners

The Career Access Program for Students is a partnership with Student Accessibility Services (SAS).

We are also proud to partner with Career Edge, Lime Connect, and Magnet. These organizations have been identified as being accessibility forward and proven to be invaluable in their contributions to the CAPS program. We’re grateful for their assistance in making our communities more accessible and look forward to a more diverse and inclusive McMaster community.

Career edge logo

As a not-for-profit, social enterprise, we were Canada’s first online job posting board and still are Canada’s largest provider of paid internships. We help individuals launch their career, while supplying organizations with diverse, qualified talent.

Lime Connect logo

Lime Connect is a global not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that’s rebranding disability through achievement. We do that by attracting, preparing, and connecting high potential university students and professionals. Find out how Lime Connect can impact you!

Logo for Magnet Employment Services

The Magnet network works to help communities share information, services, and opportunities nationwide. Magnet delivers the right information and opportunities to the right people at the right time. Learn more about how the Magnet network can help you!

Logo of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Part of the Career Kick-Start Strategy, the Career Ready Fund helps publicly-assisted colleges and universities, employers and other organizations create experiential learning opportunities for post-secondary students and recent grads. Learn more about the Career Ready Fund below.