Monday, October 23, 2023

Navigating Work Attire

Happy Halloween Badgers! It's the spookiest time of the year, and we at CareerZone are here to help you navigate something that is quite scary... your career! Do not fret, however, as your Career Navigators are here to make the journey less spooky. 

While dressing up in costumes can be fun, dressing for work is a different thing entirely. It can be confusing, but we hope to make the process easier! Here are some of our top tips for dressing for work in a Canadian context:

1. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have 

While daily work activities typically call for more of a business casual look, it can be helpful to dress your look up a bit when it comes to interviews and the first day of work. For these instances we typically recommend business professional attire in order to really woo your future employer. 

2. Keep it simple!

In both business professional and business casual dress codes, it’s typically best to stick to uncomplicated, simple, professional attire rather than vibrant colours or patterns. Simple jewelry and makeup with clean and neat hair are suggested as well. Although clown makeup is fun for Halloween, it is definitely not recommended for professional settings. 

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3. Avoid logos or risky clothing

A workplace is usually not the time or place to flaunt designer clothes or take major fashion risks. When in doubt, it’s best to play it safe and keep your outfit conservative with workplace-appropriate clothes. 

4. Dress it up a little!

Though it can be tough to figure out what is ‘dressy’ enough for work or an interview, taking your outfit up a notch by adding something as simple as a cardigan or blazer can make a world of difference! It’s something simple that can really add a level of professionalism to an outfit. 

We understand that workplace fashion can be difficult to navigate, but hopefully this post helped make your career navigation experience a little less spooky! We’re here for you at CareerZone in Market Hall from 10am-4pm from Monday to Friday or can be contacted via email at if you have any questions. We’re here to help you navigate your journey!

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Written by Lily Rees, Career Navigator 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Grad Applications

As the fall semester fully sets in, the intense season of grad application commences. The struggles that come with applying or considering the next steps in post-graduate studies is often unawareness. CareerZone is hear to help you when it comes to the general process of grad school applications.

KEEP IN MIND THAT IF YOU HAVEN'T STARTED PREPARING YOUR DOCUMENTS THIS IS YOUR SIGN TO DO SO!!  I get it, it is hard but you cannot try to hide (like Homer) from your responsibilities.

Although there might be variations and unique features for some grad programs, below is a general breakdown of the components of graduate school application:

1. Transcripts:

Transcripts can be found through your student portal and they cost $16 and you have 3 shares within that copy. Keep in mind, Brock students need to access their transcripts through

2. Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent/Personal Statement:

If you do not know the differences between all those types of papers, do not fear, CareerZone student resources are here! Check out the Post-Grad Studies sections for detailed information on these documents.

3. Test Scores:

 GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, DAT, SAT - there are many entrance exams out there. Most of these standardized tests can be taken multiple times throughout the year. Keep in mind, there tends to be a requirement regarding providing it in your application so make sure you are able to acquire it before the due date of your grad application (unless you have a waiver).

4. CV/Resume:

If you are unaware of how the formatting should look, I recommend going to the Student Resources section of the CareerZone website to help you write one. Curriculum Vitae's and Resume's for application to graduate programs are different from applying to jobs, so let us help you customize your documents to an academic audience.

5. Online Application Component:

 Look at the school's grad studies websites and also check OUAC for application requirements.

6. Online Payment:

The payment amounts differ depending on the school but payments tend to be submitted through the institution's websites

7. References:

Each program generally explains what information they are looking for from references. It is important to talk to professors as well as individuals tied into your professional career about being a reference for you. Once they agree to it they are either granted a form to fill out online or you might be asked to provide a link to the school admissions platform. It will be your job to follow up with them and ensure that they are being submitted before the due date.

8. Scholarships/ Grad Funding:

Although this is not a necessary step, it definitely helps when it comes to easing the cost of graduate studies. Often times scholarship applications require essays, reference letters etc., so make sure you keep the due dates for these applications in mind (due dates are on the Grad Studies Website)

9. Deadlines:

There are several post graduate programs out there deadlines/due dates will vary. Ensure that you review all institution website for clarity on deadlines to apply.  Another place to find this information is on the OUAC website.

Hopefully this information has been helpful. All the best with your endeavours! If you have any other questions about the grad process or any other career related questions, remember that everyone at the CareerZone is here to help!

You got this!

Thank You,


Career Navigator 

Monday, October 2, 2023

Welcome Aboard

Attention Badgers! With the start of the fall semester, we would like to welcome aboard our 2023-2024 Career Navigators! We are excited to have you all on our team, and with your experience, skills, and talents, we look forward to sharing many successes. 

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Lead Career Navigator  


I'm Jessica the Lead Career Navigator for this year. I'm in my fourth year of the Ancient Art and Archaeology Program with a Minor in Business and Management as well as the co-curricular program Law Plus. I like reading and watching TV shows. I also enjoy cooking. 


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Senior Career Navigator 

Hello there! My name is Chelsa Sunil. I am currently in my fourth-year studies in the Medical Sciences program at Brock. My favorite courses from the ones I have taken so far are Zoology (BIOL 2P92),  Human Physiology (BIOL 2P97) and Human Anatomy (HLSC 2P95). I really enjoy learning about the human body and the different biological processes that take place to keep us alive.  I aspire to become a nurse who works closely with physicians. My goal by choosing this profession is to play a prime role in the healthcare system and improve the quality of life for the children of the future generation as well as the senior citizens. I enjoy playing badminton and hiking with friends in my free time.  


Senior Career Navigator 


Hello, my name is Akanksha Guleria. I am in my 4th year of Medical Sciences & Med Plus, with a minor in French Studies. In the future, I aspire to become a physician in a hospital setting. I’m particularly passionate about working with children (pediatrics) and exploring fields like cancer (oncology) and surgery, although I haven’t yet made a final decision. 

A little fun fact about me is that I used to be a competitive gymnast. Even now, beyond academics, I enjoy going to the gym and unwinding with some music! 

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Hello, I am Mishrka Bucha. I am in my 3rd year of psychology with a minor in French studies. I am really passionate about reading and watching thrillers. I am also a big swiftie and I don’t know about you, but I love jamming to her music and Bollywood music. I really want to go further into research once I graduate.  

A fun fact about me is that I used to do Indian Classical dance; Kathak.  


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Senior Career Navigator 

Hello! My name is Tiffany Muhindi, I am an international student from Kenya currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science. My career aspirations are still being explored butI havenarroweditdown to Insurance and/or Non-profit organizations. Outside of school and work, Ireally enjoy everythinghair, music, fragrances and aromatherapy,andl have recently developed an interest in fencing.I am a big extrovert so do not be afraid to stop me and say hello!! 

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Hello! My name is Bikram Rathaur and I am a 4th year accounting student with plans of obtaining my CPA designation. I’m also a Sr. Goodman Career Navigator and a Goodman Ambassador. A fun fact about me is I enjoy baking and listening to music! 


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Hi, my name is Julia, I am in my second year majoring in Child and Youth Studies. Here at the career zone, I am a junior Career Navigator! I absolutely love this position and the people I work with. In the future, I aspire to be a kindergarten teacher. Beyond my education, I enjoy watching Criminal Minds, shopping, and going on late-night drives with my friends!  


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Hello fellow badgers, I'm Ahrar Tahmid Rubab, a 3rd year BBA student concentrating in Information Systems. One word I would use to describe myself is 'ambitious.' I like to seek out opportunities and execute on the right ones.Outside work I love playing cricket, boxing and watching UFC. Drop by at the Career Zone or Goodman Gate to say Hi. I love meeting new people. See you there 

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I’m Jenna Meier and I’m in my second year of Sociology! I am a Junior Career Navigator at the Careerzone! A fun fact about me is I love to play the electric guitar :) 


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Hello, my name is Clement! I'm a 3rd year Brock University student in Business Communication. I'm looking to focus my career on Media and Digital Marketing, and a fun fact about me is, I love the show "Avatar: The Last Airbender". 


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Hi everyone! My name is Lily (she/her) and I’m currently in my second year of the Con Ed BA/BEd program in the primary junior division. I’m new to the CareerZone this year and am a Junior Career Navigator. In my free time, I like to listen to music, hang out with my friends, and do crossword puzzles! Super excited to meet you all in the CareerZone this year!