You’ve come to Western with goals for your future. You want to prepare for your life’s career.
Be the most successful YOU you can be!
Western has many ways you can develop experience. experience.uwo.ca
Career Counsellors in The Student Success Centre can help you articulate the skills you’ve learned. careercounselling.uwo.ca
a) Are you an undergraduate considering graduate school?
The decision to go to graduate school is a big one! Graduate school can add value to your undergraduate degree. Graduate studies gives you an opportunity for in-depth exploration, collaboration and the intellectual satisfaction of discovering and acquiring new knowledge. You can become an expert in your field and contribute to important research and discoveries.
Most regulated professions such as lawyers, doctors and teachers require preparation which must occur in professional programs. Other occupations may require graduate education in order to enter management or decision-making roles within organizations. The University Works – 2015 Employment report states that Masters and PhD graduates have the lowest level of unemployment, have the most stable employment rate, have experienced the largest growth in employment since 2004, and have higher earnings.
See also: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html for more excerpts from this report.
A Guide for Potential Graduate Students will be helpful to you:
While a graduate degree may offer more chance of higher paid positions, there is no guarantee.
There are some not-so-good reasons to go to graduate school. Maybe it is you’re not sure what else to do? You want to avoid the job hunt? You are dissatisfied with your current employment?
Do your research before you begin. Choose carefully, and for the right reasons.
Source: The Student Success Centre http://success.uwo.ca/careers/graduate_school/index.html
b) Are you a graduate student wondering about the value of completing your program?
Does this sound like you? Perhaps the program is different than you expected. Your debts are mounting, and you’re not sure the value of the program. You’ve already been in school for many years, and you are just plain tired. Do some soul searching so you can assess the reasons for your doubt.
Your decision dilemma may be driven by a lack of understanding in the skill set you’ve gained. Career Counsellors can help, especially if you thought you were on an academic track and now you wonder if a career outside of academia would be more appropriate to your goals.
The Student Success Centre’s career counsellors can help you with your decision making. careercounselling.uwo.ca
Statistics show that although 22.8% of respondents indicated that they found employment through an online job ad, this does not necessarily mean that they simply applied online to arbitrary job postings. What this percentage more likely represents is the growing number of companies who require the standard online application process even if they know who they want to hire. As many as 80% of jobs are never advertised.
So, what is the best way to look for a job? Start connecting with the people who can help you land your next job. To do this you must determine what you want, who you want to work for, where you’d like to live, and what you are worth. Then, you will be ready to begin your job search! The Student Success Centre’s career counsellors can help you. careercounselling.uwo.ca
The current economy has moved from job titles to skill sets, according to Barbara Cooke (Parents Guide to College and Careers, How to help, Not Hover, 2010). Skill sets are transferable skills which help you adapt to changing needs: problem solving, communication skills, the ability to research, critical thinking, etc.
The world of work is constantly changing. Be ready for it by developing transferable skills, knowing how to talk about your skills during interviews and your employment documents, and know what you want.The Student Success Centre’s career counsellors can help you. careercounselling.uwo.ca
Canadian employers and our Student Success Centre Team recognize that international students can stand out from other job seekers because they can bring some unique skills and experiences that are valued by many employers. Example include: cross cultural experience, sensitivity to diversity, second language experience, proven skills in adjusting, and the ability to be adaptable. Let the Career Counselling Team help you with identifying the unique skills you can offer to employers and help you through the job search process. Our team demonstrates multicultural competencies in counselling and can provide professional and valuable support to you (http://success.uwo.ca/careers/career_counselling/index.html).
Group Career Counselling for International Students can help you better prepare for employment in Canada. We address topic such as accepting culture shock, helping you transition from school to work, supporting you in recognizing your personality type and work values, and assisting you through the process of securing and maintaining employment in Canada.(http://success.uwo.ca/careers/events/group_career_counselling.html).
You can reduce your anxiety about the requirements of working in Canada by accessing services at the International and Exchange Student Centre. (http://www.uwo.ca/international/iesc/visas/working/index.html)