Student Success Centre

Graduate Student Career Services



Individual Career Services

Career Appointments

Meet one-on-one in a confidential and professional environment to discuss career-related concerns including career decision making, identifying career options, creating application packages and preparing for interviews, among other topics.  Our Career Counsellors have graduate degrees in counselling and are certified counsellors. Learn more.

Group Career Counselling - Just for International Students

Check back from 2019 registration dates.

Small group sessions for 15 international undergraduate and graduate students. Receive help and guidance from Career Counsellors and other international students in finding and keeping employment in Canada. Learn more.

Mock Interviews

Practice your interview skills and receive feedback from a Career Counsellor in this 45-60 minute, video-captured mock interview. Learn more.

Career-related Programming

Note: Registration for Career Related programming takes place on CareerCentral.

Government of Canada: Recruitment of Policy Leaders  (RPL)

Each year, the Government of Canada seeks to attract those who want to make a contribution to public service after a proven record of success. Successful participants will have exceptional leadership abilities, demonstrated through academic, work and volunteer experience. RPL represents a unique opportunity to apply your expertise and experience to new public policy challenges, directly impacting issues that affect Canadians. RPL alumni include many of Canada’s top young professionals, academics, scientists and thinkers. You may be the next member of this vibrant network!

An information session is offered annually. Check CareerCentral for dates.

Helpful Career Resources

Graduate Student Internship Program

The Graduate Student Internship Program offers paid, full-time, 4, 8, or 12-month internship opportunities for Msc and PhD students. The program will help you connect theory with practice, develop professional skills, enhance your employability and network with organizations and employers in various fields.

Own Your Future

Own Your Future is a doctoral professional development program at Western University developed by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in collaboration with various units across campus. The program enriches doctoral education at Western by providing the opportunity for students to develop professional skills that help maximize their success in graduate school and in their future career.

10,000 PhDs Project

Career outcomes of 10,000 University of Toronto PhD Graduates from 2000-2015. Explore the data here

Imagine PhD

A free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Take assessments and explore popular job families here.

Beyond the Professoriate

Information, tools, and support for launching a meaningful non-faculty career. Access the community here

Cheeky Scientist

The world's largest PhD-only job search training platform specifically for helping PhDs transition into industry careers. Explore all of the resources here

MyIDP - Science Careers

Offers STEM PhDs a place to create an individual development plan (IDP) that will help them explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits them best. Explore all of the resources here

Where Historians Work

Career outcomes of 8,523 Historians who earned PhDs in the US. Explore the data here

LinkedIn Alumni Search Tool

Explore career paths from more than 140,000 Western graduates – and build relationships that can
help you along the way. Use the keyword search to find Alumni with your degree and see all of the amazing careers they have pursued. Start searching here.

The Grad Student Way

The Grad Student Way was created to help graduate students get through the process and answer questions along the way. Some very important questions are for example: How does one generate or earn a second, passive, residual or recurring income online while in graduate school? How do you network effectively (using social media) to ensure career success? How does one keep a healthy balanced lifestyle while staying in Academia?

Other Career-related Services and Programs


Western's CareerCentral includes job posting board, events calendar featuring career-related events including employer visits and information sessions, career fairs and special events.

Career/Job Fair

Fairs are a great way to network with recruiter contacts who can help you gain a better understanding of the transferable skills your degree has given you that can ultimately help you in your career. Talk to recruiters about workplace trends; the skills, experience and knowledge required to get hired into the industry; and what will set you apart as a potential candidate. Learn more.

Federal Public Service Graduate Recruitment Programs

The federal public service is the engine of the Government of Canada. The federal public service employs people to work in a professional and non-partisan manner and to perform work essential to Canada’s well-being and enduring strength.

Learn more about their graduate recruitment programs.