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Centre for Experiential and Career Education

Career Month

Each November, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast celebrate the importance of accessing meaningful work and all those that help us in connecting with our preferred futures. Canada Career Month volunteers work to advance the agenda of improving access to career services and education so that all Canadians are better prepared to develop their careers and transition into the emergent labour market.

The University of the Fraser Valley's Centre for Experiential and Career Education is introducing our own Career Month 2023 initiative:

Share Your Career Influencer Story!

Thank you to Dr. Candy Ho for kicking off our Career Influencer campaign! View her video here

Join us in celebrating National Career Month in November at UFV by sharing your personal career influencer story. Whether you're a UFV alumni, faculty, staff, or student, we want to hear about the individuals from the UFV community who left a lasting impact on your career journey. You can nominate up to three times: one UFV Professor, one UFV Staff, and one UFV Student who has played an important role in your career development. If they are no longer at UFV, you can still nominate them!

The first 20 individuals to submit a nomination will receive a $10 gift card to SUS Fair Grounds! Plus, all participants will be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards of your choice!For the most amount of nominations for each UFV Career Influencer, they will be given a special shoutout and a prize. We look forward to hearing your shared career stories to inspire and empower others!

You are also more than welcome to nominate and share your story publicly via LinkedIn. Do not forget to include the hashtag: #UFVCareerMonth2023
Career Influencer Nominations will close November 30, 2023. Click here to nominate someone today!

Find an event

Find a full listing of Career Month events on the UFV Events Calendar. Check back often, there are more listings every day and some events require students and alumni to register in advance.

AI Keynote

Nov 7, 2023 | 10 - 11:30 AM
Online via Zoom

UFV’s Alumni Engagement and UFV’s Centre for Experiential and Career Education are excited to announce our keynote, Dr. Amir Shabani, an AI researcher working with the Community Health and Social Innovation (CHaSI) hub at UFV, to kickoff the beginning of November 2023 Career Month at UFV.

With an increased awareness of artificial intelligence (AI) becoming more integrated into our everyday lives, Dr. Shabani will be sharing his expertise from a brief introduction to the field of AI, what the future of AI may hold, the impact of AI on future job markets, and to his current research projects. This session will be about a 1.5 hours in total (1 hour presentation and 30 minutes Q&A).

Click here to RSVP

Pave Your Own (Career) Path

Nov 15, 2023 | 1 - 3 PM
Online via Zoom

UFV’s Alumni Engagement and UFV’s CECE are proud to host a Career Month event on finding your own career path! Pave Your Own (Career) Path brings together UFV alumni to share how they found success in shaping their careers. We ask them to recall their (post-) undergraduate memories at UFV and what sparked their newfound passion that has led them to where they are today.

Speakers

Heather Sye  (BA Soc ’10)

Robyn Mertin (BA Social Work ’11)

Click here to RSVP

CIS Co-op Peer-to-Peer Chat

Mon, Nov 20 | 10 - 11AM
Online via Zoom

The Co-op Peer to Peer Chat provides an opportunity for successful co-op students who have completed co-op work terms or are currently on a co-op work term to share their co-op experience advice with current/future co-op students. Topics will range from the pre-employment phase (job seeking and interview process) to the employment phase (hiring/onboarding and on-the-job work experience).

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Transitioning from University to the Workplace

Nov 22, 2023 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Abbotsford Campus – Global Lounge

Transitioning from University to the Workplace

UFV’s Alumni Engagement and UFV’s CECE will be hosting STEP Café with an in-person panel for domestic and international students, including those eligible for a post-graduate work permit, on transitioning from university to the workplace. Join us to hear from alumni as they discuss how to navigate the transition, what resources and supports they used, and the advice they would give to upcoming and recent graduates.

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Career Narrative Counselling

Mon, Nov 27 | 10AM - 12PM

Hosted by Najmi Alibhai, MEd, MCE, clinical counsellor at UFV Counselling & Student Wellness

This workshop will introduce a career narrative counselling process, providing you with self-assessment tools and a road map to own and tell your full career story. Learn to tell your full career story that recognizes your natural strengths, gifts, skill set, and multiple intelligences.

These sessions are for students in their 2nd year and above. Contact najmi.alibhai@ufv.ca to register!

Email to register

Description

How to Recruit Yourself

Nov 30, 2023 | Doors open: 4:30 PM (event starts at 5 PM)
UFV Abbotsford Campus Evered Hall

How to Recruit Yourself is an exploration of the Canadian labour market that provides a behind-the-scenes glance at management hiring practices, the impacts of emerging technology, and the hidden job market. We will uncover and explore a proven method to get yourself hired usually reserved for executives and accessed exclusively through highly paid consultants. This method will include actionable advice, including how to brand yourself effectively on platforms such as LinkedIn.

About the Speaker

Adam Currie is a well-known Talent Acquisition Leader, Board Advisor, Investor and Subject Matter Expert. As the Director of Executive Search & Senior Leadership Acquisition at Fraser Health, the largest regional health authority in B.C., Adam leads the strategy and execution of the executive and physician talent acquisition programs. He manages a team of nine consultants who provide talent advisory services to senior stakeholders across the health authority, covering the corporate and physician portfolios.

With thirteen years of progressive experience in the executive search sector, Adam has successfully built and grown VX Search Group, a boutique consultancy that specializes in the industries that drive the Western Canadian economy. VX Search Group was acquired by TMG Search Canada in 2023, where he continues to serve as a board advisor.  Adam have also held consulting and leadership roles with Korn Ferry, Kal Tire, and Gallagher, leading teams of up to twenty and budgets of up to $2M. At Kal Tire, Adam held the role of Manager, Corporate Talent Acquisition where he led the corporate recruitment program, talent analytics and the national scale up strategy for 250+ stores across Canada.

Adam is known for his unique understanding of the labour market and his data-centric approach to talent acquisition. He believes in the power of communicating culture, vision and purpose through storytelling and building connective tissue between the market and opportunity. His approach to talent acquisition has been demonstrated to work at scale and resonate with all key stakeholders from operations leaders to the C Suite and Board.

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Host a career month event!

Are you planning a Career Month event for UFV students and alumni? For UFV student Clubs and Associations, Faculty or Staff:

  1. Plan your event to take place either online or in-person (following current UFV and provincial health guidelines). See Event Resources for venues and suppliers
  2. For in-person events, submit your Event Safety Plan at least two weeks in advance of the event
  3. Set up your virtual space (on a platform like Zoom, social media, etc.), or book your in-person space
  4. Complete the UFV Student Organization Event Application form (Clubs and Associations only)
  5. Submit your event to UFV Now to be included in UFV Now and UFV Events Calendar. Include Career Month in the event name and select Centre for Experiential and Career Education as a category tag (and any other related categories) for UFV’s website calendar feed. Faculty, staff, and administrative units can also submit student-related event announcements to the VP, Students newsletter.
  6. Use your own channels to promote your event to students and alumni. See Canada Career Month Logos and Templates. Tag CECE (@UFVjobs) in your social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If your event is open to the public, you can showcase your event on Canada Career Month.
  7. If registration is required, send information to participants to join your event

Staff and Faculty: for more information or assistance, please contact cece@ufv.ca  

Clubs and Associations: for more information or assistance, please contact Sheila.McKay@ufv.ca  

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