About

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 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.

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

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

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

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

More information

Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC)

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