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News You Can Use: Students

A quick reference archive of useful material on students and graduates

Confused about your career prospects? Refer to our What Can I Do With A Degree In...? section

Things to remember to make your transition from school to the working world easier:

  • enlist your university's student placement office to help you identify those companies that recruit graduates through university job fairs or directly.
  • use a Trade Directory to expand your short list to include other companies that fall within the same and corresponding industry sectors. Many of these firms will have a corporate web site and quite often, job opportunities will be posted there that are not found elsewhere.
  • send out "broadcast" letters to the balance of your target list and follow up with personal contact.
  • seek feedback on your resume and/or interview from organizations that have selected other job applicants.
  • conduct information-gathering interviews with people in the roles you covet; ask them about their jobs, what they do on a day by day basis, what is satisfying about their work and what is not. This will educate you about each of these vocations and help you to articulate what it is that you want to get out of a job or profession. You will then be in a much better position to make the best career choice.
  • be patient, don't despair, we have all been through this and survived.

What Can I Do With A Degree In...?

  • What Can I Do With A Major In...? (University of North Carolina at Wilmington): lists job titles of people with specific degrees and provides links to additional sites (job boards, professional associations, career planning resources)
  • What Can I Do With An Undergraduate Degree In...? (University of Manitoba): provides sample job titles, areas of employment, and links to further material
  • Job Prospects by Programs of Study: One highly credible source of labour market information is called Job Futures. Each section links to information on the occupations of graduates from various academic programs as well as their work prospects. The codes are T for trade/vocational, C for college, U for undergraduate, and M for Master's level program
  • Occupational Descriptions (Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities): career information from many different Canadian and American professional associations
  • Never underestimate the power of your local library catalogue: in the catalogue of your public or academic library, search for your subject, followed by the expression "vocational guidance". For example, search for "holistic medicine-vocational guidance" or "sociology-vocational guidance", etc.

    There are some very useful and well regarded career book series you might want to search for in the catalogue:

    • The career series by Trifolium Books out of Toronto with titles like "What you can do with a science degree: opportunities for Canadians in a global economy"
    • The "Great Jobs for ..." series featuring books for History Majors, English Majors, Sociology Majors, Communications Majors, Psychology Majors, Foreign Language Majors, Business Majors, and Theater Majors. Published by VGM Career Horizons, Lincolnwood, Illinois.
    • The "Careers for..." series featuring books for "Bookworms & Other Literary Types," "Good Samaritans & Other Humanitarian Types," "Computer Buffs & Other Technology Types," "Born Leaders & Other Decisive Types," "Talkative Types & Others with the Gift of Gab," "Film Buffs & Other Hollywood Types," "Sports Nuts & Other Athletic Types," "Legal Eagles & Other Law-and-Order Types," "Writers & Others Who Have A Way With Words," "Caring People & Other Sensitive Types," "Foreign Language Aficionados& Other Multilingual Types," "Environmental Types & Others Who Respect the Earth." Published by VGM Career Horizons, Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Other Resources

  • Career Development eManual from the University of Waterloo: this comprehensive manual guides you through the career planning process, from self-assessment to research and decision making, to networking and finding work to life/work planning.