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Career supports for new grads
published December 8, 2010

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Did you know that the York University Career Centre supports York students up to two years after graduation?  If you’re wondering about career options, need support in your job search, thinking about further education, want to hone your professional etiquette skills, or connect with employers and alumni, be sure to take advantage of the many workshops, services, events and resources offered by York’s Career Centre.

Career Exploration
While many new grads have a clear idea of what they can do with their degrees and where they want to go after they graduate, others may have questions about their career options.  The Career Exploration series of workshops are designed to provide you with the skills to articulate who you are and what you want in the world of work, create opportunities and be more confident about making great career choices – whether it’s diving into the world of work or pursuing further education.  If you need support applying the skills you learned in the Career Exploration workshops or feel challenged moving forward with your career direction, you can book an individual appointment with a Career Counsellor.

Job Search
Have a specific job in mind but not sure how to get there? The Job Search Success workshops are designed to provide you with the skills to write an amazing resumé and cover letter, wow them at your next interview, make connections in your field, and find a position that meets your needs.  The Career Centre also offers individual appointments where you can get a review of your resumé or cover letter, practice your interview skills or get tips on effective job search strategies.  Some workshop prerequisites apply to these individual appointments.

Professional etiquette
Whether you’re meeting employers during an interview, networking with colleagues at your organization’s annual holiday party, or participating in online communities, it’s essential that you make a positive and professional impression.  The Professional Etiquette series of workshops is designed to help you put your best face forward.

Making Connections
The Career Centre offers a number of terrific opportunities for new grads to connect with employers and other alumni professionals.  Whether you’re looking for a job, interested in exploring career options or you simply want to meet people who share your interests, you won’t want to miss out these special events.  If you’re interested in meeting a specific employer, consider attending a career fair or employer recruitment session.  The Career Centre also offers Industry Insights Panels designed to provide you with inside tips on securing employment within a specific field – from professionals who do the hiring. 

If you’re looking to meet professionals who’ve graduated from your Faculty or program of study, the Career Centre has partnered with the Alumni Office to offer two exciting programs for you to make targeted alumni connections. Career Conversations panels feature alumni from a specific field who share their inspiring career stories, provide information on breaking into the field, and how their career path took them from graduation to where they are now.  During these panels you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and network with alumni.  TASTE (Take a Student to Eat) is York’s bite-sized mentoring program designed to give York students or new grads and alumni an opportunity to make meaningful connections – over lunch!

Online Resources
In addition to its workshops and events the Career Centre has a number of online resources to support new graduates.  Recently the Career Centre has been audio and video taping many of its employer and alumni events recognizing that students–and especially alumni–can’t always make it to campus to attend these events.  Now you can watch videos online or download them to watch on your own time. If you’re in job search mode, don’t forget that the Career Centre’s online job posting system allows you to search for and apply to a variety of opportunities posted exclusively for York students and new grads including: full-time, part-time, internship and volunteer positions.  Since its launch in January 2008, over 7,500 employers have registered in this system and posted more than 18,000 opportunities for York students and new grads.  If you’re looking for jobs abroad Going Global includes world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles and country-specific career information.

These and other career supports available to new grads (up to two years after graduation) can be accessed through the Career Centre’s online registration and job posting system which is accessible through your Passport York account.