Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New CA Team Introductions 2015!

It's hard to believe that September is here already! But I must admit, I'm excited for the campus to get busy with new and returning students and staff!

Training week for the new Career Assistants and the Senior/Lead Career Assistants will be run from Monday, August 31st until Friday, September 4th. Because of this, the Career Resource Centre will be closed during this time. Please e-mail career@brocku.ca for questions or concerns during this week and we will respond as efficiently as possible!

Now it's time to introduce our new Career Assistants and re-introduce our Senior and Lead Career Assistants!

New Career Assistants
Lydia Collins

An English Language and Literature major and a cat lover, Lydia has a passion for literature and feminism and has a warm and friendly personality! But aside from this, her interest in helping other students succeed is what will make her a great addition to the team!
Sean Pereira
Sean is pursuing a BA in Accounting here at Brock and is also involved with the Brock University Accounting Students' Association! He also loves taking photos, running, and ice cream! He is a professional yet friendly individual who will excel in his position as a Career Assistant and we are happy to have him on board this year!

Andre St. George
Andre is the last new addition to the team this year! A business administration major, Andre is also a twin, loves the outdoors, and has a knack for flags (like knowing which flag belongs to which country)! He will make a great Career Assistant this year and we are excited to have him!

Senior Career Assistants
Tyler Harris

The musician of the team, Tyler has had a busy summer of bag-piping, travelling, and riding on segways! A psychology major (who will also be the president of the Psychology Society this year!), Tyler has an amazing sense of humor and a huge amount of wit. Tyler's approach to helping students is casual yet extremely informative with a dash of humor! We can't wait to have him back and missed him a ton this summer!

Kaitlyn Daw
Trying to briefly describe Kaitlyn is difficult; she truly is a woman of many talents! Not only is she working as a Sr. Career Assistant this year, she is also working with Mentorship Plus, is the president of the English Students Association, an avid photographer, a website creator, a mentor... and the list goes on (and on and on)! Her approach to helping students is inspiring and it's truly an honor to work with her again this year! Can't wait to see you in action again Kaitlyn!

Sarah Mitchinson
Another psychology major (there's a lot of us!!) & cat lover, Sarah is always smiling and she truly lights up the Career Resource Centre when she is here! I've had the pleasure of both working and taking classes with Sarah and can honestly say she is one of the most down to earth people I've ever met, something which stands out when she's helping students with resumes or job searching! Get back here already Sarah! We miss you!

Lead Career Assistants
Mike Pratas
A Political Sciences major with a love for country music and a habit of losing his student card (and finding it months later!!), Mike is great at advising students and did an excellent job of showing us Senior's the ropes last year. After spending the summer working at a camp in his hometown, we are all super excited for Mike to return back to Career Services in a lead role! Can't wait to see you Mike!

Alysha Kooter
A vegan and animal lover, Alysha is a warm and understanding individual with a flair for graphic design, the arts, as well as a natural when it comes to baking delicious desserts (that are also healthy!!). Alysha has been, and will continue to be, a great mentor and leader, and I know she will do extremely well in her role as a Lead Career Assistant this year. You rock Alysha!

Anthony Mancuso
A Sport Management major and the Sr. who made Bubble Soccer happen last year (which was AMAZING!!), Anthony is always making sure everyone is having a good time while also offering his support. He did a fantastic job last year with training myself and the other CA's and we are super excited that he is now in a Lead role this year; he will be a natural at it! We can't wait to have you back!

Thanks for reading about our amazing team! Come visit us in the Learning Commons between 9 - 4:30 starting Tuesday, September 8th! We can't wait to assist you with your career related needs and look forward to another successful school year! 

Scarlet Stark
Psychology Major
Sr. Career Assistant


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Faculty Focus: Goodman School of Business

The Goodman School of Business here at Brock is extremely popular and includes many different programs. To explore them all, check out the 2015-2016 Goodman Degree Guide by clicking here! Even though Goodman students have exclusive access to their own Career Development Centre, Goodman students are also able to utilize the Career Resource Centre as well! Here is a breakdown of all that we have to offer Goodman students:

                                      Resources in the Centre/Online
Programs

  • Cafe Connect (for more details, click here)
  • Mentorship Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience BU (for more details, click here)

Books (ALL books are located in the centre)

  • Careers in Business
  • Great Jobs for Business Majors
  • The Best 295 Business Schools
Resources
  • Degree Exploration Guides (to see yours, click here)
  • Business Resume Samples Binder
  • Goodman Career Binder 
  • Post-Grad Studies Binder
  • Brock Plus Programs Binder
  • Go Abroad Binder
  • Considering Grad School Handout
  • Master of Business Administration Information Guide
  • Career Edge Handout
  • Entrance Exam/GPA Conversion Handout
  • Grad Studies Overseas Binder
Don't forget to come visit us in the Learning Commons for any career related questions, inquiries, concerns, or to explore the resources listed! And remember, if you can't make it to the centre, head to our Online Resource Centre via Careerzone for online access to many of our resources!

Scarlet Stark
Psychology Major
Career Assistant 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Faculty Focus: Mathematics & Sciences

This weeks faculty focus is geared towards students in the math and sciences programs here at Brock. This faculty encompasses a wide variety of programs including: biology, chemistry, computer sciences, earth sciences, environmental geosciences, mathematics, neuroscience, oenology & viticulture and physics. The Career Resource Centre has many specific resources for students in these programs. Let's explore them further!

                                       Resources in the Centre/Online

Programs

  • Cafe Connect (for more details, click here)
  • Mentorship Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience BU (for more details, click here)
Books (ALL books are located in the centre)
  • Careers in High Technology
  • Careers in the Sciences
  • Scientific Research as a Career
  • Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors
  • Opportunities in Biotechnology
  • Academic Job Search Handbook
Resources
  • Degree Exploration Guides (to see yours, click here)
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences Resume Sample Binder
  • Post-Grad Studies Binder
  • Brock Plus Programs Binder
  • Go Abroad Binder
  • Considering Grad School Handout
  • KOM Consultants Binders
  • Biomedical Sciences Portfolio Sample
Don't forget to come visit us in the Career Resource Centre for any questions, concerns, or inquiries you may have about finding work, volunteer, or other opportunities in your field! And remember, if you can't make it in to the centre, head to Careerzone and access our Online Resource Centre from home!

Scarlet Stark
Career Assistant
Psychology Major 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Faculty Focus: Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences here at Brock encompasses many different individual programs which include child and youth studies, communication, economics, film, geography, labour studies, policing and criminal justice, political science, popular culture, psychology, social justice and equity studies, sociology, tourism and environment and women's and gender studies. There are many different directions one can go with these programs, which is great! Here are some resources to explore your options:

                                         
Resources in the Centre/Online


Programs
  • Cafe Connect (for more details, click here)
  • Mentorship Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience BU (for more details, click here)

Books (ALL books are located in the centre)
  • So You Want To Be A Lawyer, Eh?
  • Careers in Childcare
  • Careers in Communication
  • Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Careers in Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality
  • Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors
  • Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors
  • Careers for Environmental Types and Others Who Respect The Earth
  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors
  • Opportunities in Childcare
  • Opportunities in Forensic Sciences
  • Opportunities in Psychology 
Resources
  • Degree Exploration Guides (to see yours, click here)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Resume Sample Binder
  • Government Jobs and Uniformed Services Binder
  • Post Grad Studies Binder
  • Brock Plus Programs Binder
  • Go Abroad Binder
  • Considering Grad School/Social Work/Law School Handouts
  • KOM Consultants Binders
  • Sociology Portfolio Sample
Don't forget to come visit us in the Career Resource Centre for any questions, concerns, or inquiries you may have about finding work, volunteer, or other opportunities in your field! And remember, if you can't make it into the centre, head to Careerzone and access our Online Resource Centre right from your couch! How awesome is that!

Scarlet Stark
Psychology Major
Brock University

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Schedule, Plan, Prioritize: The Student Juggling Act!

School can be a challenge all on it's own. From papers, to readings, to lectures, to tests - there is no shortage of things to do! But most of us have prior obligations on top of our school duties that we have to take care of too. Whether it be working, volunteering, making time for family and friends, or even making time for ourselves, going to school and juggling life's other duties can be extremely difficult. Why is this? Because there are only so many hours in a day! So how can we juggle it all? By following these simple steps:

Schedule
Making time for everything is only possible if you schedule. Scheduling means you are allotting time to get a task done. Whether it's an essay, a shift at work, or a night out with friends, scheduling will allow you to do it all! How? Because you'll know what you need to do, when you need to do it, and how much time you realistically have to get it done. A great way to avoid not 'biting off more than you can chew' is by simply scheduling! Most phones have a scheduler and even the option to be alerted when you need to do something - what a life saver!

Plan
Planning ahead can also alleviate the stress of juggling life, school, work, and other obligations by allowing yourself time to prepare what you need to in order to get the task done! Maybe you need to visit the library before you start that paper; or maybe before your friends birthday bash, you need to prepare a cake and pick up a gift - whatever the task or tasks may be, making a plan of attack allows you to break down what you need to do into steps in order to reach your goal. Planning and scheduling go hand in hand; scheduling allows you to set aside time whereas planning allows you to decide how you will allocate that time you set aside.



Prioritize
Imagine you had a list of things to get done, but no timeline or end goal for each task. How would you decide what to get done first? It would be difficult, wouldn't it! Prioritizing what's important will help you get tasks completed that need to be, allowing you ample time for those tasks with open ended completion dates. That paper may be due next week, but that night out with your room mates has no due date! So why not get all that writing out of the way so you can enjoy a night out with friends afterwards? Even though prioritizing sometimes means putting off fun for responsibilities, it allows you to get your main priorities in check which will not only make you feel good, but will 
make that fun night out even funner!

It's as simple as 1-2-3! And remember, we at Career Services at Brock are here to support students while they juggle everything. If you need to find work or volunteer opportunities, need help deciding on a career path, or even just want to discuss your different career options, schedule some time to come visit us. We can help you make a career plan and prioritize what steps to take in order to reach your goals! Thanks for reading!

Scarlet Stark
Psychology Major
Brock University




Friday, August 7, 2015

Faculty Focus: Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities here at Brock encompasses a vast array of programs which includes Applied Linguistics, Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, Dramatic Arts, English Language and Literature, History of Art and Visual Culture, History, Interactive Arts and Sciences, Intercultural Studies, Liberal Arts, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Studies in Art and Culture, and Studio Art. As you can probably imagine, the career options for Humanities students are endless! Here are some resources that can help you explore your many options:


Resources in the Centre/Online

Programs


  • Cafe Connect (for more details, click here)
  • Mentorship Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Music Ed Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience Plus (for more details, click here)
  • Experience BU (for more details, click here)

Books (ALL books are located in the centre)


  • The Successful Artists Career Guide
  • 101 Careers in the Music Business
  • The Music Industry Handbook
  • Great Jobs for Theatre Majors
  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors
  • Great Jobs for History Majors
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors
  • Opportunities in Cartooning & Animation
  • Opportunities in Foreign Languages
  • Opportunities in Interior Design/Decorating
  • Opportunities in Museums
  • Opportunities in Visual Art 

Resources

  • Degree Exploration Guides (to see yours, click here)
  • Faculty of Humanities Resume Sample Binder
  • Classics Portfolio Sample
  • Dramatic Arts & Theatre Binder
  • Careers in Video Games Binder
  • Post-Grad Studies Binder
  • Brock Plus Programs Binder

With all these great resources, why not begin exploring your career options! Also, don't forget to come visit us in the Career Resource Centre for any questions, concerns, or inquiries you may have about finding work, volunteer, or other opportunities in your field!


Scarlet Stark
Psychology Major
Brock University 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Is Grad School Right For You?

So you finished your undergraduate and are wondering what's next. Perhaps you are considering working full-time or going abroad for awhile; or perhaps you are considering whether or not graduate school is right for you. This is a big choice to make because there are many factors and quite a bit of preparation to consider which can impact your final decision to go to graduate school. Here are some things to think about:

Factors & Preparation

  • How will you pay for graduate school? (grants, becoming a teaching assistant or marker)
  • Where will you go to graduate school? (location, reputation, services, campus)
  • What type of graduate program will you choose? (requirements, averages, research interests)
  • Is your GPA high enough for the school you would like to go to? (each school is specific! make sure to research this information by individual institution)
  • Do your research interests match the topics of the program? (is it suitable based on your interests? are there potential research supervisors you would like to work with?) 
  • Have you developed a CV or statement of intent? (do your documents outline all of your scholarly work? do they outline your research/professional interests? how you will contribute to the program/institution through your research/program?)
  • Are your references prepared? (reach out to professors who can speak of your academic abilities and who can shed light on how you would be successful in the graduate program; you usually need 2-4 letters of reference!)
  • Do you need to write an admissions test? (find out which test is necessary and look into study materials, test dates/times, deadlines for submitting scores)
As I'm sure you've gathered, there is a lot that goes into applying to graduate school which is why it's important to consider whether it will be the right decision for you. Need help making this decision or preparing your application? Come by Career Services! 

How We Can Help
  • We can review your letter of intent or CV prior to applying to graduate school and provide helpful templates and examples to facilitate improvement
  • We can assist with researching post-graduate programs, school specific requirements, and different career options 
  • We can provide you with entrance exam and admission test information and practice books as well as GPA information
  • We can help you figure out if graduate school is necessary based on your future career goals
Can't make it in to see us?  Check out "Your Future: A Guide for Potential Graduate Students" or visit our Online Resource Centre and head to the "Further Education" tab to explore options and find out more information about taking that next step!  

Scarlet Stark
Career Assistant
Psychology Major

Friday, July 31, 2015

Faculty Focus: Education

The Faculty of Education here at Brock encompasses the Education, Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, and Concurrent programs. As many readers will know, getting a job in the field of education can be very competitive. But not to worry! These specific resources can help you to get your foot in the door:

Resources in the Centre/on Careerzone
Programs

  • Cafe Connect Program (for more details, click here)
  • Mentorship Plus Program(for more details, click here)


Books (ALL books are located in the centre)

  • 101 Alternatives for Teachers
  • The Inside Track: Getting Hired to Teach in a Canadian School


Resources
  • Teachers College & Teacher Resume Samples Binder
  • Career Paths for Teachers Binder
  • KOM Consultants Binder
  • Faculty of Education Resume Sample Binder
  • Considering Teacher Education Handout
  • Teacher Cover Letter & Resume Guidelines
  • Teacher Accomplishment Statement Chart
  • Skill Words for a Teaching Resume Handout
  • Board of Education Cover Letter Template
  • Personal Teaching Philosophy (Templates & Sample)
  • Applying to DSBN/Niagara Catholic/Halton District/Peel District/Hamilton-Wentworth Boards
  • Degree Exploration Guides (to see yours, click here)

Additionally, our Online Resource Centre through Careerzone contains a whole section dedicated to teachers and teacher candidates. Log-in to peruse through them today & be sure to also come visit us in the centre to check out these great resources in order to help you enter the field of education!

Scarlet Stark
Career Assistant
Psychology Major

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Twitter & Facebook for Job Searching

For many, social media is just a means to keep in touch with friends and family and a way to share photos, jokes, and memories. But for others, social media is also a way to find employment opportunities. From Twitter to Facebook, using social media to job search is not only quick and easy, but it also allows you to tap into the hidden job market to find the opportunities that others don't know about who aren't using social media in this way.

The key factor to utilizing social media to job search is to make the right connections. So, as an example, if you are a psychology major like myself, liking or following the American Psychological Association (APA) could lead to knowing about job opportunities within that association. This goes for almost every area of interest or expertise; there will always be an association you can like or follow in order to stay in the loop with upcoming or current opportunities. Our Degree Exploration Guides are a great resource to help you figure out who to follow within your field. 


There are also more general ways to seek out employment opportunities using social media. Many job search companies and organizations have created pages on social media and post employment opportunities constantly. Here are a few companies and organizations to like and/or follow to help get you started:


Brock Career Services
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockcareerserv
Twitter: @BrockCareerServ

Indeed
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Indeed?fref=ts
Twitter: @Indeed

Job Bank
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Job-Bank/22724568071?fref=ts
Twitter@JobBank_GC

Monster
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Monsterca?fref=ts
Twitter: @Monster

Workopolis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/workopolis?fref=ts
Twitter: @Workopolis


Glassdoor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Glassdoor?fref=ts
Twitter: @Glassdoor

Before you know it, your news feed will be full of job opportunities! Just remember that if you utilize social media for job searching, you'll want to make sure that all the content available about yourself is professional. Read last weeks blog for some tips on how to clean up your social media in order to make a good first impression! Thanks for reading!

Scarlet Stark

Career Assistant
Psychology Major



Friday, July 24, 2015

Faculty Focus: Applied Health Sciences

Starting now until Mid August, each faculty here at Brock will be blogged about in order for students to gain insight into the different resources, services, and programs we offer here at Career Services for all the different faculties within Brock.

Our first faculty of focus will be Applied Health Sciences, a diverse faculty ranging from Child Health programs to Sports Management. Even though this faculty includes a wide range of programs, we offer resources to suit all students within this faculty! Here is a breakdown of resources geared towards Applied Health Sciences students:

Resources in the Centre/on Careerzone

Programs
  • Med Plus Program (to find out details about this program, click here)

Books (ALL books are located in the centre)
  • Opportunities in Health & Medical Careers
  • Opportunities in Hospital Administration
  • Opportunities in Medical Imaging
  • Opportunities in Laser Technology
  • Opportunities in Sport & Fitness
  • Top 100 Healthcare Careers
  • MCAT Prep Book
Resources
  • Degree Exploration Guides for each major within the Applied Health Sciences faculty (ie. Child Health, Community Health, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Physical Education & Kinesiology, Public Health, Recreation & Leisure Studies, and Sports Management which can be accessed online by clicking here or come into the centre)
  • Faculty Specific Resume Samples (in the centre or Online Resource Centre; to access online, click here)
  • Portfolio Samples for Sports Management and Kinesiology (in the centre ONLY)
  • Considering Medical School Resource (in the centre or Online Resource Centre; to access online, click here)
  • Entrance Exam & GPA Conversion Resources (in the centre or Online Resource Centre; to access online, click here)
  • Careers in Healthcare Resource (in the centre or Online Resource Centre; to access online, click here)
So there you have it! Be sure to check out all of these helpful resources and come visit us in the centre soon for all career related questions, concerns, and assistance! Have a great weekend!

Scarlet Stark
Career Assistant
Psychology Major