Image contains a background banner of McMaster’s John Hodgins Engineering Building on a sunny day. In front of the banner, is a yellow box containing a title, “Career Access Program for Students”, as well as two circular images of students and one cropped image. Circular Image One: Two female students from the McMaster Student Union's service Maccess, sitting side by side on a bench. They are inside the waterfall room in Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery ("MDCL" Building #52) on the McMaster University campus. The image has been shaped to fit inside a circle and is tinted yellow. Both students identify as having a disability, though both are invisible. Circular Image Two: A male student with a visual impairment demonstrating the use of his assistive technology. The photo was taken on the first floor of Mills Memorial Library (Building #10) on the McMaster University campus. The figure is cropped into the shape of a large circle and is tinted a light blue. Cropped Image One: A young male student taking notes on a small piece of stationery at the Career Fair, hosted by the Student Success Centre at McMaster University. The image has been cropped to contain just the outline of his figure. He is wearing glasses and a gray suit.


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.

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, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities, and LGBTQ+- 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 Tanya Kett or subscribe to our newsletter for more information.

How to Participate

Identify employability skills and the knowledge essential to 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.

 

Career Exploration

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.

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, Lime Connect, and Magnet.

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, Company Recruitment Sessions

Employment Opportunities: Student Success Centre believes in the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce. We work to create job opportunities here on campus and we also work with external employer partners and organizations create more opportunities for students
Partners: CareerEdge Internships, Lime Connect, Off-Campus jobs, Ontario Public Service, Link-Up, Magnet

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

Participating in the Career Access Program for Students will assist you in: building increased awareness of both on- and off- campus resources, enhancing self-advocacy and communication skills, improving confidence in personal strengths, building a professional support system through networking skills, and linking classroom learning to experiences.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, contact:

Tanya Kett
Career Development Advisor
careeraccess@mcmaster.ca | 905-525-9140 x26344

Tanya will hold open office hours in both Maccess and Student Accessibility Services (MUSC B111 & B107) on a bi-weekly basis. No appointment necessary. Please view the CAPS drop-in schedule to see specific dates and times.

Newsletter

CAPS has a free monthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date with Student Success Centre programming, accessible employers, and future career opportunities.

Sign up below to stay informed. All personal information will remain confidential.

To find out more information on how the Student Success Centre is creating a Brighter World, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Accommodation

The Student Success Centre and faculty career partners encourages engagement and participation by students, alumni, and our community partners, including persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities, and LGBTQ+-identified persons. If you require an accommodation to participate in an event hosted by the Student Success Centre, please contact: SSC Events. All personal information will be kept confidential.

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Accommodations

When making workplaces more accessible, it is important to focus on personalized accommodation through consultation with employees and to approach workplace diversity with flexibility. We understand that, with asking for accommodations, the issue of disclosure will come up and can be rather daunting. We have created some resources to help guide you through the processes of disclosure and requesting accommodations if you chose to do so.

  1. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  2. Accommodations and Disclosure
  3. Leave of Absence
  4. Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  5. Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
  6. Workplace Mental Health
  7. Workplace Support

For more information about Accessibility at McMaster, please visit the Accessibility Hub!

Financial

Funding can be an issue for any student, it is important to recognize that students with disabilities may face greater financial barriers than others. In particular, many individuals due to schedules, are unable to work, take extra time to complete their studies, or must pay for various medical and accommodation needs out of pocket. We have compiled a list of financial resources to help supplement your income, and overcome some of the challenges faced by students with disabilities when dealing with finances.

  1. Bursaries for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
  2. Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
  3. NEADS Financial Aid Directory
  4. Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  5. Students in Special Circumstances (OSAP)

For more information about financial assistance and services, please visit Mac’s Money Centre!

Wellness

Many students struggle to find a balance between their academic performance, a healthy social life, and their overall wellness. We have compiled lists of various resources, on and around the McMaster campus, which can help you to better manage your health and wellness.

Resources

In addition to McMaster’s internal supports, we have also provided a PDF of various On and Off Campus Resources!

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Please Offer Me a Seat

“Please Offer Me a Seat” is an initiative by the Career Access Program for Students (CAPS) to improve accessibility for transit users who need a seat while travelling. This campaign reflects McMaster University’s commitment to provide an inclusive community for all. Take a stand, and offer your seat to those who may need priority seating.

When the campaign is launched, badges will be located at various on-campus locations including, the Student Success Centre (SSC), Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Maccess, the Student Health Education Centre (SHEC), and Compass.

For more information please contact:

Sydney Cumming
Student Ambassador (CAPS)
Phone: (905) 525-9140 x22860 | Email: cummis1@mcmaster.ca

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Diversity Adds Value

“Diversity Adds Value” is a campaign run by the Student Success Centre in an effort to promote diverse practices in the workplace. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, McMaster University continues to be a champion in creating a Brighter World. The Diversity Adds Value stickers being worn by accessibility forward employers are meant to bring attention to best practices employed in their workspaces, and highlight the barriers faced by people with differing abilities when entering the workplace. This campaign is run in conjunction with our Career Fair “Access Hour” and the “Please Offer Me a Seat” initiative. To learn more about how the SSC is working to make a Brighter World, please visit us in Gilmour Hall 110.

Our Partners

The Career Access Program for Students is a partnership with Student Accessibility Services and Maccess.

We are also proud to partner with Lime Connect and Career Edge. Both of 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.

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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.

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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.