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Map out your career pathway from the start of your academic journey!

Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

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CANADIAN STUDIES at the U of M

As a Canadian Studies student in the Faculty of Arts, you will learn about Canadian themes from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Economics, French, Native Studies and Linguistics are just some of the areas of study which contribute to the interdisciplinary approach to the Canadian Studies program, allowing you to understand how the country you currently call home came to be now and where it is going tomorrow.

Skills you will gain by studying CANADIAN STUDIES

  • The ability to collaborate with individuals of differing perspectives and disciplines.
  • An in-depth understanding of Canada from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and from a national and international context, including language, geography, culture, history, etc.
  • The ability to place events in economic, political, cultural, social and historical contexts.
  • The ability to effectively communicate: verbally through discussions and presentations, and in writing by preparing reports and papers.

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements: 6 credit hours at the 1000 or 2000 level from the list of approved courses in Canadian Studies.

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an
    official record of university-approved activities
    at communitylink.umanitoba.ca.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the Arts Student Body Council and UMSU.
  2. Volunteer with the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program, Safewalk or join the Student Leadership Development Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Poverty Awareness and Community Action workshop.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities? Visit the International Centre web site at umanitoba.ca/international to learn about international opportunities for U of M students.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at mb.211.ca.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours: 18 credit hours from the list of approved courses in Canadian Studies and additional courses.*

General: refer to the Academic Calendar for course requirements.

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or-4 year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses that will open opportunities.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a Student Affiliate with the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Studies Network.
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: apply for a research assistant position, Undergraduate Research Award or inquire about research
assistant positions.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out Festival du Voyageur, Lower Fort Garry, Riel House, the Manitoba Museum and local historical societies.

Find opportunities to market yourself: become a Faculty
of Arts Student Ambassador.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider a student exchange with The University of Washington (Seattle, USA) or Trent University, or Students Without Borders internship, an international service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday."

Staying local? Check out the pavilions of Folklorama, Fort Gibraltar, Doors Open Winnipeg, the Manito Ahbee Festival. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours: 18 credit hours from the list of approved courses in Canadian Studies (at least 6 hours in honours courses) and additional courses.*

General: refer to the Academic Calendar for course requirements.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a faculty of arts advisor for Honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or professional programs at the U of M.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Folklorama, MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts, Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival, Spur Winnipeg and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Search for job opportunities online: check out Canadian Heritage Information Network, Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience..

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in the Graduation Pow Wow.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
Honours: 18 credit hours from the list of approved Honours courses in Canadian Studies, 6 credit hours of ancillary options and 6 credits hours of free options.*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a faculty of arts advisor for Honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or explore Manitoba Start, which offers events and free workshops for newcomers to assist their job search. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

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Sample Jobs What Do Employers Want?

Industries such as business, communications, education, government, health and law would value a Canadian studies degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Information management
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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CANADIAN STUDIES PROGRAM

251 St. John's Building, 92 Dysart Rd
204-474-8531, barry.ferguson@umanitoba.ca
umanitoba.ca/canadian_studies