Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Humanities Students: How We Can Help You!

"Winged Victory of Samothrace,"
marble, c. 200-190 BCE (Louvre, Paris)
As a fellow Humanities student I am excited to inform you all of the vast amount of resources available in Career Services for students in our faculty. Our faculty contains a wide range of subjects including various programs in Histories, Literature, and Culture. Skills developed by Humanities students include excellent written and oral communication skills as well as a strong ability to conduct intensive research and a general understanding of subjects ranging from philosophy, politics and history to literature, languages, and art. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our programs we have the option of specializing specifically in our individual fields through graduate studies or branching out and finding careers in business and government organizations. We are unique because we are adaptable! Our transferable skills allow us to blend into many different types of work environments with ease - the sky's the limit!

So what do we have available for Humanities students in the Career Centre?

What Can You do With Your Degree?: Our number one resource that I recommend for all Humanities students is our Degree Exploration Guides (DEGs). Each program has their own DEG which lists Career Options, Professional Associations, and Job Search websites as well as other information pertaining to what students can do with their degrees after they have graduated from Brock. To find a copy of your program's degree exploration guide check out our website here and if you would like a hard copy of your DEG stop by the resource center! We are currently in the process of updating and expanding on the information found within our  DEGs so be sure to check back in September once the new versions are available to students!

Constructing Your Resume: A new resource that we have available for students is our Resume Samples for Humanities Programs binder. This binder contains resume samples that are specific to the various programs within the Faculty of Humanities. You can view the hard copy of the binder in the Career Resource Center or you can view the resume samples online on Career Zone under the 'Resume Samples' tab.

Books, Books, Books!: If you are a lover of books (which, as a Humanities student, you probably are!) then you should consider stopping by the Career Resource Centre to check out our wide range of career search books directly related to students within the faculty of humanities. Books available in our centre include:
  • The Successful Artist's Career Guide
  • The Music Industry Handbook
  • So, You Want to Be a Lawyer, Eh? Law School in Canada
  • How to Get a Job with Any Major
  • Great Jobs For: English Majors, History Majors, Liberal Arts Majors, Theater Majors
  • Opportunities in: Cartooning and Animation Careers, Foreign Language Careers, Interiors Design and Decorating Careers, Museum Careers, Music Careers, Speech-Language Pathology Careers, Visual Arts Careers 
Also available is our Careers in Video Games binder which is targeted towards all students in Humanities who wish to pursue a career as a programmer, artist, or writer in the video game industry. All of these resources can be used within our centre and the learning commons so be sure to stop buy and check them out!

Royal Ontario Museum,
Toronto, ON
Where Can You Work?: As a Humanities student, pretty much anywhere! Some excellent employment opportunities may include working for a museum or art gallery such as the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario - both located nearby in Toronto! Other opportunities for Humanities students include working for the Government of Canada, magazines such as Canadian and National Geographic, video game companies such as BioWare, and even Disney! As I said before, we are flooded with exciting and unique opportunities for our degrees - it's all about how we market ourselves to the world.

Some positions will require some sort of graduate studies whether it's a post-graduate certificate or a Masters/PhD. For more information regarding graduate studies check out Canadian University's website for a listing of various Masters and PhD programs.

What Can You Do Right Now?: Explore your interests, get involved, and ask questions of anyone you encounter who is working for a company or in a position you might be interested in! Your degree is extremely valuable and can open doors to discovery, adventure, and an endless amount of knowledge. Get to know your skills and learn how to market yourself to your ideal employer. Talk to your professors and TAs and establish connections with any other professionals your encounter.

Good luck! Feel free to stop by the Career Resource Centre in the Learning Commons if you have any questions about what to do with your degree, resumes, or any job search related inquiries. If you are currently living away from the campus you can email us at career@brocku.ca. Our summer hours at 9 - 4 Monday to Friday. I hope to see you soon!
Ashley Paolozzi
Lead Career Assistant
4th Year History of Art and Visual Culture (Honours)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Cost of Job Stress...

We received this interesting Info Graphic from Top10onlinecolleges.org that we thought you might be interested in...Use this summer break to relax and de-stress! Once school starts again, make sure you don't overload yourself and stretch yourself too thin - do activities you enjoy and take time to laugh :)


Jami Coughler, Senior Career Assistant
Bachelor of Public Health (Honours); BA Sociology (Honours) '11 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Faculty of Education

Do you enjoy teaching, life-long learning, and have great communication and interpersonal skills? If you possess all of these qualities, the faculty of education may have the right program for you! If you are already studying education, then you are probably aware of the education degrees that Brock offers. These degrees include the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
If you are interested in learning more about your program, what type of careers you can get with your degree, and where to look for job postings, the Career Resource centre has a variety of resources that can help you answer these questions:

·         At Career Services you will find a Degree Exploration Guide for every program offered at Brock University. On the Education and ECE DEG you will find career information, degree specific skills that you will have learned from the program, specific and general job search resources and much more. These DEGs are housed in the resource centre and are free to take, or you can locate them on the Career Services Website from any location!

·         If you want to further research a career, Career Cruising is a great place to start! Simply log in to Career Zone with your Brock ID and access Career Cruising under the online resources tab. On this site you can find out what type of education you need for a job, how you will progress in a career, earnings, and real world descriptions of the career from people who currently work in the field.

·         The Career Services Website has a large list of online job boards that you can search through for all kinds of jobs including education related jobs. Some great websites to check out include Education Canada, and Apply to Education.
The above resources are a great way to get you started, but the resource centre has many more resources to help you progess from student to career professional.

Nella Paris
Senior Career Assistant
Psychology Major (Honours)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Nursing Occupational Trends in North America

Interested in a job in the Health Care field? Nursing vacancies are opening up in large numbers across Canada and the United States. According to the Canadian Government site Working In Canada, the demand for Nurses is at an all-time rise due to the aging population of Canadian citizens, and working Nurses. To help alleviate the shortage of nurses in some provinces, the provincial government is recruiting internationally educated nurses to help fill shortages and fill positions in some Regional Health Authorities.

If you are considering nursing, the outlook for you is ideal and will continue to be ideal for many years to come. With a shortage of nurses, new graduates may have a large variety of specialties to choose from and work in. In a shaky economy, an unemployment rate of about 2% is looking pretty good.

Also check out the nursing trends in the United States. The current trends are comparable to Canadian trends, so if you would like to go abroad for your studies, the U.S. may be a good place to start!
      We Are Nursing Kids. 2.7 Million Strong...and Growing!
Brown Mackie College - Retiring Nurses Create Hiring Opportunities
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Nella Paris
Senior Career Assistant
Psychology Major (Honours)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Faculty of Math & Science

Continuing on with our faculty-specific blog posts, this week is….Math and Science! Career Services has tons of great resources to help students from this faculty with career planning, job search, and more!

Degree Exploration Guides – As with the other faculties, Career Services has tailored guides for all of the Math and Science programs here at Brock. From Career Options to Professional Associations to Job Search Resources, your program “DEG” is a wonderful resource to use at any stage of the career planning and decision-making process! Check out your “DEG” on our website or come in to the Resource Centre and grab a hard copy today!

Career Zone – A great feature of the Career Zone job board is that you can narrow down search criteria by program!

Print Resources – We have tons of program-specific books in the Resource Centre for students in the Faculty of Math and Science, here are just a few…


Career Opportunities - Cosmic Career Coaching has graciously written us another article specifically for our Math and Science students, here is it...

What Careers Are Available to Faculty of Math and Science Students?

Science and math are widely considered as the foundation of modern education. This explains why a high school diploma isn’t enough to qualify for careers based on such disciplines. To be a math and science expert, one will have to attain a much higher degree of education. In general, a bachelor’s degree is the minimum education requirement for those careers that involve advanced principles of math and science.


Complex math and science principles are used by astronomers for studying various astronomical phenomena and heavenly bodies. An astronomer is usually focused on doing research on comets, supernovae, stars, and black holes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual earnings of an astronomer in 2011 were at $102,000. When it comes to their employers, a lot of astronomers work for universities and colleges, and the federal government. There are many who are also employed by private organizations engaged in scientific research.


Physicists are mainly involved in the study of the physical properties of the world we live in, including motion, gravity, atoms, and light. There is a lot that we already know now about the way our universe works, and much of this knowledge is the result of the numerous studies and research conducted by physicists.

The Labor Statistics Bureau reports that an average physicist could earn at least $112,000 annually in 2011. Physicists are actually in demand, especially in organizations or companies doing various scientific research and development projects. Some also opt to become teachers and professors in community colleges and even universities.


What a statistician does primarily is gather and analyze data using various math techniques in an effort to gain a better understanding of certain events in the world. Economics, business, and even scientific research all make use of statistics.

As for the average annual income of a statistician, it is at $77,200 in 2011. As a statistician, you can work for the federal government, state governments, insurance companies, and other private organizations conducting scientific research.


An experienced and professional mathematician makes use of complex and advanced math techniques to find a solution to various real life problems related to engineering, business, science, and many other fields.

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 35 percent of mathematicians are employed by the federal government in 2011. Some were involved in private organizations that focus on scientific research and development. Meanwhile, there are many of these experts who also worked in universities, colleges, and technical or professional schools. For those who want their career pathways to be in the line of business, consultant jobs are commonly taken my math graduates. In terms of the annual income received by mathematics graduates, it is reported to be at an average of $101,200 annually in 2011.

Thanks again Cosmic Coaching Centre, we look forward to more of your articles!

For General Assistance...

Career Documents - Looking for help creating and/or editing your career documents? Career Services can help! From Resumes and Cover Letters to CVs and Letters of Intent, Career Services offers templates, samples, and free reviews! Drop-in during office hours with a hard copy or email it to us at career@brocku.ca

Live Chat - In case you haven’t seen or heard, Career Services can help you from the comfort of your own bed now! Recently we launched our Live Chat with a Career Assistant Online Chat function on our website. Now you can contact us with your questions or concerns during our office hours and speak with someone live! Outside of office hours, we can still be contacted by email at career@brocku.ca
Check back next week for information for Faculty of Education students!                  


Jami Coughler, Senior Career Assistant
4th Year Bachelor of Public Health (Honours); BA Sociology (Honours) '11