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The Student Employment and Career Centre's CareerTalks sessions are designed to provide session participants with career development and/or employment information and to assist them in making a successful transition from student to career professional. Sessions are generally 50 minutes long and encompass key learning objectives for participants.

Request a CareerTalks Presentation

You may select a presentation from the presentions listed below, plus one 15 minute add-on (a la carte) presentation, if desired.

Presentations Offered

1. Meet your SECC

If you are looking to introduce your students to career and employment services on campus. Offered as a 30 minute presentation or as an interactive, 50 minute panel discussion.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have an increased awareness of the Student Employment and Career Centre including the services and programs available to support them in the transition from education to career

2. Exploration Phase

If your students are at an exploration phase and express uncertainty about their career path, they may benefit most from the following 50 min. sessions

Whether students have a crystal clear plan or are still undecided and exploring, there is so much they can do in their first few years at university to set their career in motion. In this session, we will explore what it looks like to develop a 4-year plan to make the most of a university experience. Using a year-by-year checklist, we will focus on specific goals students can work towards in their 1st and 2nd year to help them clarify their career identity.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the Nuts and Bolts of Career Decision-Making
  • Gain appreciation for a big picture plan for their 4-year experience
  • Understand how to answer the classic question: “What do you want to be?”

As students are rounding out their degree and getting ready to graduate, this is the perfect time to strategize and prepare for the transition from university into the workforce. In this session, we will explore exit strategies for senior students to help them finish strong. Using a year-by-year checklist, we will focus on specific goals students can work towards in their 3rd and 4th year to help them continue to clarify their career identity and wrap up their degree with certainty, direction and a sense of purpose.

At the end of this workshop, participants will understand:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Career Decision-Making
  • How to maximize their senior-year experiences as a part of their career development
  • What to expect as they transition out of university and into the workforce

Sometimes we have to think outside-the-box to connect the dots between degree and career possibilities and to discover the opportunities that fit best. In this session, students will learn how to use online and offline strategies to identify career opportunities, know what to look for when evaluating options, and learn where to find the best resources.

At the end of this session, participants will understand:

  • How to research and evaluate career options and opportunities
  • Why world-awareness is such an important part of their career decision making
  • How to leverage both online (e.g. LinkedIn) and offline (e.g. informational interviewing) strategies

This interactive workshop uses the CliftonStrengths assessment as a tool to help students increase their awareness and understanding of their talents (the foundation of strengths). Through activities and discussions, students will reflect on their assessment results and generate an understanding of how their strengths can be leveraged for academic and career success.

** Cost recovery fee of $15. Please enquire for billing instructions. 

At the end of this session, participants will understand:

  • CliftonStrengths background and terminology
  • The value of your Top 5 Talent Themes and how you use them
  • Barrier labels and how to manage weaknesses with strengths

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a great way to explore academic, career, and lifestyle goals that may be a good fit for your personality. Designed around 16 unique personality types, this interactive workshop includes a detailed  MBTI Career Report. We will review the assessment results and discuss the importance of self-assessment and reflection.  

** Cost recovery fee of $20 for U of S students. Please enquire for billing instructions.

At the end of this session, participants will understand:

  • The background and purpose of the MBTI
  • The 8 different MBTI preferences and their individual results within the 4 dichotomies
  • The connection between individual personality preferences and career and personal goals
  • A set of suggested career fields for further exploration, based on personality preference

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. This interactive session will include tips and tools focused on personal brand development, professional etiquette and help students understand how to start reaching out to explore potential opportunities.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of defining goals/intentions before engaging in networking activities
  • Develop an authentic introduction about themselves and practice strategies to make a good first impression
  • Receive guidance on professional etiquette including writing an email, edging into a conversation and handshaking
  • Identify strategies to network effectively in a casual or formal setting as well as online and offline

3. Transition To Employment

If your students are seeking assistance with the transition to employment, they may benefit most from the following 50 min. sessions:

This session will help students understand how to create job search documents that will make them stand out among other applicants when looking for a job. From how to write a cover letter, to which sections to include in a resume and the difference between a resume and a CV, students will leave this session with tools and resources to help them secure employment.

At the end of this session participants will:

  • Understand the purpose and structure of the cover letter and its role in an application for employment
  • Understand the difference between the three formats of a resume and will be able to determine which format best suits their unique needs
  • Be able to distinguish between a resume and a CV in the Canadian context and understand when to use each type of document

This interactive session is tailored to meet your group’s needs. We will discuss how to effectively communicate the work or volunteer experience that session participants have gained and how to showcase this to potential employers through cover letters and resumes. 

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the purpose and structure of the cover letter and its role in an application for employment
  • Differentiate between the three key formats of a resume and determine which format best suits their unique needs
  • Practice articulating the key skills, knowledge and abilities that they developed as a result of their student leadership experience and will learn how to incorporate these key elements into both a cover letter and resume

Looking for work is a full time job! This session introduces students to the concept of a recruitment cycle and a ten step process of how to search for jobs and careers, from creating job search documents to evaluating and accepting offers.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the steps involved in conducting an effective job search
  • Identify the on-campus recruitment cycle that best suits their needs based on area of study
  • Apply techniques discussed to support them in actively participating in on-campus recruitment activities

The SECC hosts five career fairs throughout the year. In this session, students will learn tips on how to prepare for a career fair, what to bring to the career fair and what to do and say when they are meeting with recruiters.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between a career fair, an information session and a briefing session
  • Understand the role that networking plays in searching for employment
  • Identify strategies to network and connect with recruiters in a career fair setting

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. This interactive session will include tips and tools focused on personal brand development, professional etiquette and help students understand how to start reaching out to explore potential opportunities.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of defining goals/intentions before engaging in networking activities
  • Develop an authentic introduction about themselves and practice strategies to make a good first impression
  • Receive guidance on professional etiquette including writing an email, edging into a conversation and handshaking
  • Identify strategies to network effectively in a casual or formal setting as well as online and offline

Do you dread the thought of going for an interview? This interactive session provides an overview of the interview process including key tips to effectively prepare for an interview as well as how to ace tricky interview questions.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have an enhanced understanding of the interview process and of the various interview formats
  • Learn and practice techniques to effectively answer some of the common interview questions
  • Understand strategies to use when answering tricky interview questions

Add-on presentations

We also have a couple of a la carte additional topic areas which can be added to any of the above-mentioned sessions. These sessions are 15 minutes in length:

For students today, sorting through their many options and figuring out how they want to be a part of the world of work is often an exciting, yet challenging experience. This session focuses on normalizing students’ career-decision making experiences, introducing important factors to keep in mind when making career decisions, helping them appreciate the importance of staying flexible and open, and letting them know where they can seek support when they need it. 

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand what career-decision-making looks like for today’s student (and how that may be different than that of their parents and grandparents)
  • Appreciate the role self-awareness, world-awareness and happenstance play in career decision-making
  • Be able to identify and access SECC supports that can help them in their career decision-making

Summer jobs are a great way to build a resume and “test drive” industries that might be of interest. In this session, we will discuss where to look for summer jobs and how to be strategic to make the most out of these shorter-term work opportunities.

At the end of this session, participants will have:

  • An enhanced understanding of how summer jobs can be used strategically to gain transferable skills and add depth to a resume
  • A list of resources of where to look for summer jobs

More information

Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC)

For more information on CareerTalks presentations contact Alicia Wehrkamp at the Student Employment and Career Centre Career.