At Career Services, we can help you:

  • Find ways to gain the experience you need to succeed beyond graduation
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities
  • Master the skills related to your job search

Looking for work

Getting experience

There are a number of ways for you to get valuable work experience, on and off campus.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to try out potential careers. Volunteer experience improves your marketability after graduation and is a great thing to include on your resumé. It shows your determination and community spirit, and provides you with a reference for other jobs.

When you volunteer:

  • You hone skills and gain new ones
  • You gain career-related experience
  • You gain and expand leadership skills
  • You explore your interests / career options
  • You may gain paid employment where you volunteered
  • You enhance your social awareness
  • You develop self-confidence and independence
  • You earn references from supervisors
  • You establish contacts in your chosen field
  • You get involved in your community
  • You meet new people and make new friends

Canada Student Services Grant

There are many service opportunities available for students looking to get involved in their community to support Canada’s response to COVID-19. By volunteering with a local organization this summer, you can gain valuable experience and obtain the Canada Student Service Grant in recognition of your service. New opportunities will be added regularly. Visit I want to help to access volunteer opportunities.

Students and recent graduates aged 30 or under who volunteer with a charity or not-for-profit organization may be eligible to apply for the new Canada Student Service Grant. The more eligible volunteer hours students put in over the summer, the higher the grant amount they can receive. 

Finding volunteer opportunities

When looking for a volunteer opportunity, it is important to choose a position that will allow you to gain relevant skills and experience. If you aren’t sure about what type of volunteer opportunity to pursue or how to find positions, talk to a career consultant.

Volunteer Manitoba has a free referral service where students receive help finding volunteer opportunities! Email info@volunteermanitoba.ca to access this service.

Here are websites that post volunteer opportunities.

Marketing yourself

While at university you should begin to master the skills needed to create a tailored job application, write a great cover letter and have a successful interview. We have workbooks with detailed instructions on how to create these important pieces. You can also attend our workshops for hands-on help or drop in to see us.

Visit the Resumé Learning Centre

Career Services is providing distance delivery services.

Student support will be provided through telephone, e-mail and video conferencing. If you require assistance, please contact our office at 204-474-9456 or cs.receptionist@umanitoba.ca to make an appointment.

474 University Centre
204-474-9456
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Employment scams

Know the signs of an employment scam to protect yourself from fraud. Scams are much more common than you may think.

Resources

Learn more about how to avoid employment scams

Get help along the way

Drop-in to see a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career strategy, CV, job search and interview preparation. Sessions last 30-45 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

Mon: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tues: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wed: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thurs: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

You can also call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment at the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus.

Guides for workplace success