Career Resources @ UFV
The following list of resources have been compiled to help you identify career pathways and to improve your success in your job search. For more information on specific job search engines and keywords, see: Step 3: The Job Search.
What Do You Want To Do for a Career?
Set up an Career Planning appointment with UFV Counselling Services to identify life and career goals. They also have a great list of on-line resources available that you can use to assess your own interests and skills. They also run workshops throughout the academic year.
How Can You Get Experience?
Check out the Co-Curricular Record, run through Student Life. The CCR is a transcript recognizing your contribution to UFV through service and volunteerism. It's a great way to build experience and networks! For paid employment, Cooperative Education is the way to go. In Co-op, students are hired with companies and government agencies to do skilled, paid, full-time employment for a semester. Students can do up to 6 semesters of Co-op--two full years of experience!
Build Your Portfolio
How can you show employers the types of skills, knowledge, and values that you can offer? An e-Portfolio is an increasingly important requirement of the job search. Consider taking a portfolio building course (e.g. CMNS 200), completing the Portfolio Essentials certificate, or experiment with free e-portfolio building websites.
Get Help with the Job Search Process
Start at the UFV Career Centre. Services include: CareerLink job board, Cooperative Education, the Kipp Career Centre Lab, career coaching appointments, review of résumés and cover letters, and resources on the provincial and national labour markets. You can also order business cards (for the price of a coffee!).
Stay Connected and Build Professional Networks
The UFV Alumni Association is your best resource for staying connected with the institution and its graduates--many of whom can serve as valuable contacts in the job search process. The Alumni Association is part of the Ten Thousand Coffees project, where you can connect with professionals across many different fields and meet up with them over coffee to gain insights into their work experience. You can also network via UFV's LinkedIn groups:
Check out the Networking page in this e-guide as well as the Professional Associations page in the GATE Student e-Handbook for more ideas on how to connect with other professionals.