The Student Success Centre has several Career Counsellors who can help you explore your career options. Ensuring complete confidentiality, Western's Career Counsellors have graduate degrees in counselling and experience in career and employment counselling.
Our counsellors are skilled in helping students identify their career options, make career decisions, and implement effective job search strategies. They may suggest career assessments if you are uncertain about what you want to do, or may use other approaches to help you begin planning for a fulfilling career.
Who can access Career Counselling?
All current Western students can access our services, including undergraduates, graduates, students at Brescia, Kings and Huron, post-degree diploma students at Continuing Studies, and Distance Studies.
Alumni can access career counselling for one year after graduation. Alumni who graduated more than one year ago may access counselling services between May 1st and August 31st. All additional services and resources remain available to alumni.
See the Alumni Career Management page for additional information, resources, and supports available to all alumni.
Can't find what you're looking for? Try checking out career services in the London community.
Postdoctoral Scholars can access career counselling during the duration of their appointment. All Western Post-Doctoral Scholars are welcome to access CareerCentral including job postings, events and career resources. To have a CareerCentral account created for you, which will enable you to book appointments, please email email@example.com from your Western email address.
Once your Post-Doctoral Scholar appointment ends, career counselling through The Student Success Centre is no longer available, however, there are several services in the London community.
The intake appointment is a quick, 15 minute appointment, which serves as the prerequisite for accessing further career counselling services. If you have never accessed career counselling services or it has been more than one year since your last appointment, you will need to book an intake appointment.
Intakes are not intended to provide in-depth support. You and the counsellor will discuss your needs, which may include referral to career resources, other career services and programs, and/or scheduling a follow-up counselling appointment. Please be mindful that counselling appointments are limited and it may take up to a few weeks to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Intakes are offered as same day appointments, as availability permits, and can be booked online any time after 8:00 pm, the day before the appointments are offered. Please note that appointments may fill up quickly. There are three ways to book:
1. Online (preferred) through CareerCentral (in the “Appointments” section): Any time after 8:00 pm.
2. By phone (519-661-3559): Any time after 8:30am.
3. In person (UCC 210): Any time after 8:30am.
If all available appointments are booked for the day you want (you will not see any availability in the online booking calendar), you can come in person to our reception desk in UCC 210, and add your name to the standby list for that day.
Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to complete an intake form. If you arrive more than 5 minutes late, you may have to reschedule. You may cancel your appointment by the following methods: call our office (519-661-3559), or through CareerCentral. Failure to cancel your appointment may result in limited access to Career Counselling.
If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please refer to Western's Mental Wellbeing resources.
Following an intake appointment, all career counselling appointments are 1 hour. It is important to arrive 5 minutes before your appointment, and, if you must cancel, do so at least 24 hours prior to your appointment by any of the following methods: call our office (519-661-3559), email your counsellor, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to cancel your appointment may result in limited access to Career Counselling. Should you arrive 10 or more minutes late for the appointment, the counsellor will use his/her discretion and may suggest rebooking the appointment.
The mock interview allows you to simulate an actual interview and receive feedback on your interview skills from a career counsellor in a 1 hour video-captured session. Before booking a mock interview, students should access interview preparation resources and InterviewStream. Students are limited to one mock interview per term.
To be prepared for the mock interview, students must:
It is important to arrive 5 minutes before your appointment, and, if you must cancel, do so at least 24 hours prior to your appointment by any of the following methods: call our office (519-661-3559), email your counsellor, or email email@example.com. Failure to do so may result in more limited access to Career Counselling. Should you arrive 10 or more minutes late for the appointment, the counsellor will use his/her discretion and may suggest rebooking the appointment.
Group Career Counselling: Registration for 'Group Career Counselling for International Students' for the Winter 2017 term will open January 3, 2017. The dates/time for group career counselling this Winter term will be every Thursday, 12:30-3:30 for Graduate and Undergraduate International Students, for 8 weeks. Learn more.
In person: The Student Success Centre, UCC 210
By phone: (519) 661-3559
Online (for intakes only): CareerCentral
We make new appointments available on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Get in to WERC! Western's Employment Resource Centre. Access this 'no appointment needed' service for help with your resume & cover letter.
The Student Success Centre hosts a number of workshops on career and employment topics, such as: