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Career Month

November 2 - 30

Career and Workforce Development Month has something for everyone! Whether you have a clear idea for your career direction or you’re still trying to figure things out, Career and Workforce Development Month events are a great way to make connections to keep you moving forward.  First year students, 4th year students, alumni and everyone in between can benefit from attending one or more of the 22+ virtual events including the Career Café, Volunteer Fair, and Arts Career Round Table.

November is a great opportunity to discover career pathways, learn about an academic program, meet with industry professionals and make professional connections! With a little planning you can give your career journey a boost and pave the way to multiple opportunities. 

Check out the events and workshops happening in the schedule below. Use the links to register and learn more. You can also visit careerCONNECT for upcoming event details and to register.

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Event Schedule Career Myths

Career Articles Career Tips

November 2 - 30, 2020 Career Month Schedule

Week 1 | November 2 - 8

Monday, November 2

Tuesday, November 3

Wednesday, November 4

Thursday, November 5

Friday, November 6

Week 2 | November 9 - 15 | READING WEEK

Week 4 | November 23 - 29

Monday, November 23

Tuesday, November 24

Wednesday, November 25

Thursday, November 26

Friday, November 27

Week 5 | November 30

Monday, November 30

Career Myths

A career is like an opinion – everyone has one. But when it comes to career opinions, it is worthwhile to ensure you are carefully separating career fact from career fiction. We at Career Services have heard a few career myths in our day, and we want to debunk them for you so your next career steps are based on the best information available. Check back regularly and via @UMStudent for more debunked myths throughout the month.

Career Articles

Career Consultant Tips

The Career Services team is full of useful advice that can help you envision your future and take charge of your career. We’ve gathered favourite tips from our staff members which you can use right now. And remember, if you want to meet the real, non-bitmoji experts behind this advice, you can meet with us online or by phone for tailored tips for your own career by emailing or calling 204-474-9456.

Bitmoji of Rebecca Balakrishnan, Career Consultant, holding books and reacding

Rebecca Balakrishnan, Career Consultant

“It’s normal to feel unsure about your career. In fact, the best opportunities often come when we have our minds open to new ideas! Be curious, pay attention, put yourself out there, and your career will take you in a meaningful direction.”

Bitmoji of Stefanie Books, Career Consultant with a mug of coffee

Stefanie Books, Career Consultant

“Explore opportunities by getting involved! Volunteering, part-time work, and joining a club or group looks great on your resumé and helps you learn about yourself and your working preferences.”

Bitmoji of Elizabeth Boyle, Career Consultant, holding a book with text 'any questions?' above her head

Elizabeth Boyle, Career Consultant

“Career decisions are best made with good information, reflection and support. At any stage of your education, Career Services’ staff are eager to help as you embark on an exciting journey that is sure to feature a few twists and turns! Why not reach out to us today?”

Bitmoji of Harpreet Dade, Career Consultant, reading books

Harpreet Dade, Career Consultant

“Create a mini-database (e.g. notebook or Excel spreadsheet) to track your professional experiences and accomplishments. You can use this powerful tool to reflect, make informed career decisions and to update your resumé. In addition, writing down your accomplishments will help you articulate these at an interview or at a networking event.”

Bitmoji of Lindsey Hiebert, Career Consultant, waving through a laptop screen

Lindsey Hiebert, Career Consultant

“Job interviews are tough for everyone, there’s no getting around it. But preparation and practice are key to success! Do your research, anticipate questions, and practice your answers so you’ll appear polished and professional. I highly recommend using your smartphone to record yourself answering a question so you can assess what impression you’re making on an employer. It might not be a lot of fun, but it will pay off.”

Bitmoji of Connie Korchak, Career Consultant, giving a High Five!

Connie Korchak, Career Consultant

“Invest in yourself, you are worth it! Take the time to self reflect. Do you know what motivates you? What are the things most important to you, your values, the things you like to do and don’t like to do, in what kind of environment do you see yourself working? What problems would you like to solve? Consider your answers to these questions when you are researching occupations or educational programs to find a good fit for you.”

Bitmoji of Trevor Lehmann, Career Consultant, singing with a to-go coffee

Trevor Lehmann, Career Consultant

“Stop asking yourself what job you will do until retirement. Trying to predict who you will be or what the world will look like when you are 40, 50, or 60 is an exercise in futility. Ask yourself instead, what does the world need and what do I want to do first!”