Throughout November, University of Manitoba’s Career Services is hosting Career Month.
There will be a combination of both in-person and virtual events exploring career-related issues, a full list of which can be found on the University of Manitoba’s Career Services website.
Marnie Bickerton, director of the Career, Community and Experiential Learning Centre, said that Career Services provides a “full array” of services, such as how to have a successful interview, how to write a resume and helping to find opportunities for students who are nearing graduation.
“Career Services is really here as a support for students, regardless of where they are in their career journey,” she said.
This may include potential students trying to decide which program to apply to at the U of M, or current students who are unsure of what career to pursue.
She said Career Services can help students with career planning, “whether that’s how to get involved, [or] how to build skills and gain experience that’s going to help you to get to that career.”
This includes acting as a support system in finding part-time or summer jobs in a specific field.
Bickerton also explained that many students enter school set on a career, but after taking courses, they may change their minds.
She also emphasized that a person’s career encompasses more than just their employment.
“Your career is everything,” she said.
“It’s not just about work, it’s about your education, it’s about your involvement in activities and it is about that work piece.”
She said that Career Month is intended to get students to consider where they are in their “career journey,” and whether they need support in certain areas.
Bickerton pointed out that some future employers have already started searching for summer workers, but “if they haven’t started yet, they start really quickly after the holiday break in January.”
Events will include the University of Manitoba volunteer fair on Nov. 16, organized by both UMSU and Volunteer Manitoba. There are also numerous faculty-specific programs that are available both in person and virtually.
With Indigenous Student Month also taking place during November, there will be an Indigenous career fair in Migizii Agamik on Nov. 23.
In addition to these events, Bickerton said that Career Services will be “around campus, providing service to students.”
On Nov. 15, Career Services will be in the science tunnels and Elizabeth Dafoe Library.
For more information about Career Month events, please visit https://www.umanitoba.ca/career-services/career-planning/career-month.