Thursday, November 30, 2017

It All Adds Up


The month of November signals the start of an exciting campaign called It All Adds Up! Have you ever wondered how all your experiences, hobbies, and passion come together? If you have, you are not alone and filling out a poster may be just what you need. The campaign has been created to help reduce students' uncertainty of the gap between their accomplishments and future aspirations. Many students focus on continually adding more experiences to their repertoire without considering the impact it may have on achieving their future goals. 
Completing an It All Adds Up poster will give you a snapshot of your current career path and how well it aligns with your goals. The CareerZone staff is well trained in advising for this types of situations and can provide helpful resources and knowledge to develop a plan for achieving your future goals. The following image is an example of an It All Adds Up poster created by a Career Assistant at Brock University.  

For all of you interested in participating, come visit CareerZone located in Market for a template, or be as creative as you like designing your own poster. Students who complete a poster can tag #ItAllAddsUp and #brocku to spread the word. At the end of each month until April we will be giving away a $25 gift card, so be sure to include your name, student number, and Instagram handles on the back of your poster. Feel free to post your own It All Adds Up poster or email it to us, career@brocku.ca, and we will post it. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Teachers College: Where Should I be Applying?



As the semester winds down, Teacher's College applications approach! The deadline to apply is December 1st, so make sure you get your applications in ASAP. Applications can be very lengthy as they may require references, personal statements, or other supporting materials, so plan ahead and don't miss the deadline!

In terms of where you can apply for Teacher's College in Ontario, there are a number of different options that all offer different programs and different course plans that may be beneficial to you.

Teaching programs in Ontario are available at the following universities:





To apply to teaching programs in Ontario, visit the Teaching Education Application Services (TEAS), which offers an Application Guide that has a step-by-step breakdown of how the application process works and various important topics related to the teachers college.

TEAS is supported by the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) for applicants to the Faculties of Education for the teacher's colleges in Ontario.

When applying to Teacher's College it is important to consider the different areas of programs available:
  1. Primary/Junior: Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6
  2. Junior/Intermediate: Grade 4 through Grade 10
  3. Intermediate/Senior: Grade 7 through Grade 12
  4. Technological Education: This program is only available at a few faculties of education. Refer to each faculty of education’s section for additional information
You will also have to select the teaching subjects that are required within your program, which is outlined on TEAS.

Admission requirements vary based on the program and institution of choice so be sure to check the individual school's sites for more information.

Should you have any questions about teacher's college, feel free to drop by CareerZone in our NEW centre in Guernsey Market!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2017 - 2018 CareerZone Team


It's a new school year and we would like to officially welcome all new and returning staff to CareerZone. Take a look through this blog post to see the friendly faces that will be helping you with all of your career-related questions! 


Career Assistants:
Stephanie

Program: Political Science with a minor in labour studies!
Favourite Career-Related Experience: was when I volunteered at a summer camp for three weeks because I got to spend my days working with young kids who were always so energetic and fun to be around!


Teresa

Program: Business Economics
Favourite Career-Related Experience: is my position as Plus Programs Assistant.

Spencer

Program: Sociology major concentration in Criminology
Favourite Career-Related Experience: One of my favourite career related experiences was working for the Niagara Region within the Human Resources department as a student assistant. This experience was a great opportunity, that enabled me to make valuable connections and further my skills and knowledge in relation to human resources. Working for Brock University parking services as an office assistant has also been another favourite work experience of mine, which has increased my involvement within the Brock community and enabled me to become one of the many faces of Brock.


Preya

Program: Business Administration
Favourite Career-Related Experience: My favourite work experience was working in Residence last year. I made some great friends and really enjoyed doing my job!

Megan

Program: Labour Studies (co-op)
Favourite Career-Related Experience: My co-op placement this summer was by far my favourite career related experience. I worked at an Employment Ontario Centre as a program facilitator for a program called Youth Job Connection Summer. During this experience, I worked closely with 60 high school aged youth in my community facing barriers to employment and matched them with summer jobs. It was such an amazing and rewarding experience to see how the participants progressed over the summer, and to see the impact employment had on their lives.

Lindsay

Program: Labour Studies and Psychology
Favourite Career-Related Experience: My favourite career related experience has to be gaining the opportunity to work with the amazing folks within the Career Education department. I love being surrounded by passionate individuals who relish in the chance to see students succeed.

Chloe

Program: Political Science
Favorite Career-Related Experience: would be my summer student position at the YMCA of Niagara Employment & Immigrant Services. I'm from out of I'm from out of town so staying in Niagara for the summer gave me new opportunities and kept me busy adventuring in my free time! As a foodie, I definitely got to taste every single ice cream parlor on Clifton Hill. My position itself introduced me to a great team of co workers and really helped me find my career path for after Brock. I hope this year I can help students finding theirs too!

Senior Career Assistants:
Chelsey

Program: Honours Psychology with co-op.
Favorite Career-Related Experience: was learning about and then utilizing different technologies to assist in learning for children with learning disabilities

Akayla

Program: Honours Medical Science
Favorite Career-Related  Experience: Being a Career Assistant has been one of my favourite career experiences. I've really enjoyed getting to work with students on campus and develop so many skills I can apply to future positions. It was great to be involved in the brainstorming, planning and facilitation of some aspects of staff training too! One of my other favorite positions was being an Au Pair in Italy! It was definitely challenging, but I got to experience so much culture and learn a bit of a new language.

Victoria

Program: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Minor in Psychology
Favorite Career-Related Experience:  having the opportunity to work for the Canadian Deafblind Association. Everyday is a learning experience and the position pushes me to not only be the best version of myself but also helped me in deciding my next steps to reach my desired career.

Lead Career Assistants:
Andre

Program: Business Administration                          
Favorite Career-Related Experience: was working as an accounting assistant over the past summer. I got the chance to work on many interesting projects across various departments which taught me valuable skills and developed my understanding of how firms operate in an international market.


Sean

Program: Bachelor of Accounting
Favourite Career-Related Experience: Meeting students from across numerous faculties and departments and learning more about their career experiences

Full-Time Staff
Kara

Title: Supervisor, Career Education
Favorite Career Experience:  My current job!  I get to work with great people and watch them grow and develop!

Donna
Title: Career Consultant
Favorite Career Experience: the day I realized work can be fun!




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcome Back Badgers!



We hope you're excited for another eventful year at BrockAs you're all getting back into your campus routine, we thought it would be a great time to update you on our center and remind you of the awesome services we offer at Careerzone. First off, our center has undergone some renovations and we are now located in Guernsey Market Hall. We are a free drop-in center, and will be open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm throughout the school year.  

Some of the many ways we can help you this year include:
  1. Events 
  1. Don't miss our events happening throughout the year. From our On-Campus Job fair to our faculty-specific career nights, there's an event for you! Stay up to date with what's happening by following us on social media or looking at our events calendar on careerzone.brocku.ca. 
  1. Resume/Cover Letter Reviews 
  1. Want to update your resume or get a second opinion before applying to jobs? You can drop-in to our center with a printed copy of your documents and we can give you some constructive feedback. Also make sure to take a look at our online templates to get ideas on how to format and what to include on your resume/coverletter! 
  1. Mock Interviews 
  1. Landed a job interview? Why not go through a trial run before doing the real thing.. Book a mock interview with one of our full time staff and get feedback on your interview skills! We also have an online workshop and resources that can help you succeed! 
  1. Job Search  
  1. Whether you're looking for a part-time or full-time position, or even an internship, our staff can assist you! Our job postings are all located on careerzone.brocku.ca to browse, and we have tons of tips on how to effectively job search!   
  1. Degree Exploration 
  1. Don’ t think you're in the right program? Not sure what you can do with your degree? Come in to the center and have a career chat with one of our staff members. We also have tons of career assessments and Degree Exploration Guides to help lead you in the right direction.                                                                                                                               
These are just a few of the services we provide.. We have tons of information for Teacher Candidates, portfolios, going abroad, graduate school and more! Don't forget to login to careerzone.brocku.ca to access all of our online job postings, resources and workshops. Happy Homecoming!

Senior Career Assistant: Akayla Olajos

Friday, July 14, 2017

6 Tips on Gaining Career Experience During the Summer:



6 Tips on Gaining Career Experience During the Summer:

Are you looking for ways to enhance your resume and gain career experience? Well summer is the perfect time to do this! Take a look at 6-ways you can make the most out of your summer break:

1.       Get a Summer Job/Internship

-          Whether it is in a related or unrelated field, gaining a summer job or internship will help you develop transferrable skills that are essential in any work environment! It is also a great way to figure out what you do and do not like in terms of careers.

2.       Volunteer

-          If you don’t meet the job requirements, or you don’t have the time to work in a related field this summer, volunteering is a great option for you. Volunteering requires less time commitment than a job, gives you valuable experience you can add to your resume, and is a great way to give back to your community!

3.       Attend a conference

-          Attending a conference, workshop or event in your area of study is a great way to learn more about the different professions within your field. You also will have the chance to network with professionals, and form great connections for securing job opportunities later on.

4.       Conduct an informational interview

-          Do you have a couple different professions in mind for post-graduation and aren’t sure which one would best suit you? The summer is a perfect time to meet with people in companies or in job positions that interest you, and ask them some questions that you would like to know. Just conduct an internet search and send a few emails to see if the individual would be willing to meet with you – and make sure to go prepared with a list of questions!

5.       Go Abroad

-          If you get the chance, working or volunteering internationally is a great way to enhance your skillset. Whether you are learning a new language, developing your communication and adaptability skills, or increasing your cross-cultural understanding, global experience is viewed as an asset in many workplaces. Also, is there a better time to travel than on your summer break?

6.       Professional Development

-          Completing various certifications during the summer is an easy way to gain prerequisites for a job or enhance your resume. Some common certifications that many jobs require include First Aid and CPR, Smart Serve, and your G-class driver’s license. For more program-specific professional development, check out our Degree Exploration Guides at:  https://brocku.ca/ccee/career-education/campus/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/  

Do you have any questions on how obtain the mentioned experiences? Drop in to CareerZone or visit our online resource center (careerzone.brocku.ca) for tips on all of your career related questions! Enjoy your summer Badger’s!

Akayla Olajos
Career Assistant

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

10 Jobs for History Majors


Canada Day has just passed, and one thing this special day does is encourage us to think about the history of our country. With that in mind, it reminds us that many find interest in discovering, learning about, and sharing this history.

Are you a History major unsure of what career path you want to go down? Well you would likely be surprised to know how many careers are in your field! Whether it is a position that requires further education, or one where your History degree will suffice on its own, here are 10 jobs that you might have not known about as a History major:

Administrator
This role tends to focus on bookkeeping, communication, and data entry in various offices. However, it can be tailored more to History majors depending on where the position is. Historical Site Administrators are responsible for managing and overseeing historical sites. How cool is that?

Historian
This one is surely a more obvious title for History majors, but many do not fully understand the depth of this role. Historians gather, analyze, and interpret historical information. As well as write reports, archive or preserve materials for museums, and more!

Researcher
Have excellent communication skills that you want to put to use? Then this could be the job for you. This position includes preparing reports, writing papers, and communicating with various historians and archivists. If research is something you enjoy, then look into making it a career.

Biographer
You will be able to assemble biographical materials and do research in various forms in order to summarize a person’s life in the most engaging way possible as a Biographer. If you enjoy combining personal history and bringing it into a current context, and want to focus on individual histories, then this would likely be a great match for you!

Government Researcher
Maybe you have an interest in politics. Possibly minored in Political Science? This role could be ideal for you! Government Researchers assist with analyzing, developing and reviewing government policies. This could include delivering presentations, ensuring research is done effectively and in a timely manner, and responding to inquiries.

Tour Guide
If you want to share important historical information about certain places, then being a Tour Guide might be something you’d enjoy! You will be answering tourist questions, conduct tours, and greet guests.

Lawyer
With further education, your History degree can be used to get you in the field of Law. You will need to have a good understanding of policies, an ability to analyze legal documents, and much more. There are also various kinds of Lawyers, so the options are endless!

Museum Curator
Museums tend to be a special place for History majors. Having knowledge of documenting artifacts, excellent research skills, ability to plan a budget, and creativity will be useful skills to help you thrive in this profession. Museum curators acquire, document, interpret, and manage certain art collections.

Ethnologist
This position includes planning and conducting research studies, and can include formulating general laws of cultural development and looking into social and cultural behavior. If you enjoy learning about social patterns and using research skills then look into this role!

Gallery Assistant

As a Gallery Assistant you will be responsible for opening and closing the gallery, ensuring items are in the proper place, provide great display sections for the artwork, and giving overall assistance in a gallery. If you enjoy art history then this is perfect for you! 

So there you have it! 10 jobs that might interest you as a History major. For more information on different career paths, job search information, and learning about degree specific skills, drop into CareerZone! 

Lydia Collins
Senior Career Assistant 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Once a Badger, Always a Badger: Congratulations Graduates!


It’s that time of year again where a brand new group of Badgers move on to their next chapter. This could mean going to work, diving right into post-graduate studies, or taking time to travel and explore the world outside of academia. Whatever you have in mind, we want to help!

One of the greatest advantages that come along with being a Brock Badger is the fact that you will still receive so much support even after you finish your undergrad. So what’s next? Well, how about you start with seeing what CareerZone can offer you as a new graduate! Here are a few ways we can help you with your first step in a new direction:

CareerZone (the website)
Make use of CareerZone’s online resource Centre to have access to workshops, job postings, career events and more! To activate your alumni account, head to my.brocku.ca, look under “Activate your account” then select “Applicant, New, Returning Student or Alumni”.

Resume and Cover Letter Reviews
One of our most popular services, be sure to drop in for an on-the-spot resume or cover letter review, no appointment necessary! Bring in a printed version of your documents and we’ll provide you with feedback, templates, and writing strategies to help you keep your application up-to-date. If you’re unable to come in, email us at career@brocku.ca for an online review!

Interview Preparation
Now that you are likely searching for employment-especially within your field- we want to make sure that you are able to impress employers! From templates, online resources, to even scheduling mock interviews, we will make sure that you feel best prepared to walk into your next interview.

Job Search Strategies
Want help figuring out the best ways to search for jobs in your field? We’ve got plenty of resources and expertise in that area!

Experience Plus
This would be a great time to print off your Experience Plus transcript! You can include it in your application to graduate studies, or even jobs! You can track your experience on your my.brocku.ca. Contact the Experience Plus Assistant at expplus@brocku.ca for more details. 

Lydia Collins
Senior Career Assistant