We've gone digital!  

We’re working remotely to support your job search, career strategy, further education, and navigation of co-op. All Centre for Career Action (CCA) services are available virtually. 

Questions about CCA's services? Live chat or call us at 519-888-4047 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday 

Centre for Career Action

Your career is yours to decide, but we're here to help.

The Centre for Career Action (CCA) supports all students, alumni and employees. Career Advisors can help with career planning, career management strategies, graduate and professional school preparation, work search methods and setting meaningful career goals.

Go to WaterlooWorks to book:

  • A one-on-one online/phone career appointment on a range of employment topics
  • A virtual co-op consult for pre-first work term students (students who are currently on or have completed a work term should contact their student advisor for support)
  • An online drop-in for help with résumé, cover letter, or interview topics (undergraduate and Master's students)
  • An online career consult drop-in to start the career planning conversation (undergraduate and Master's students)

See How to Book an Appointment for details, live chat between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or contact careers@uwaterloo.ca for further support.

  1. Sep. 15, 2020Storytelling: Going beyond the résumé in an interview

    Ever heard the saying ‘read between the lines’? This phrase is definitely something to think about, especially in regard to storytelling. Being able to story tell is a great way to engage your listener – a potential employer in an interview – and share an understanding of the intricate parts of your professional past, rather than just telling them word for word what you put on your résumé. Articulating all the experiences you have gathered from previous work or volunteer positions is a key element to consider when preparing for an interview.

    Storytelling can help you go beyond your résumé. Here are a few ways how it can work for you in an interview:

    Storytelling conveys enthusiasm and emotions that separate you from just another résumé. Many interviewers go through a number of résumés and cover letters but what makes you stand out from the crowd of applicants is how you communicate your experience. Instead of simply talking about experiences, try to think about the “Why” – e.g. why did you pursue this experience and why did it stand out to you?

    1. A great story is more than just a summary and it’s important to remember that connecting with a potential employer doesn’t have to be scripted. Bringing in authenticity by sharing relevant experiences and stories that are exciting to you shows the employer your interests, strengths, and values.
    2. Telling your story shows how you are impact-driven. Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end, and there’s always a problem that needs solving. Putting into your own words how you have grown in your career, achieved goals, or developed new skills show that you have assessed what you have learned in your past experience and know what you bring to the table.

    Developing a dialogue with your interviewers allows them to see much more than just your past experience and can lead to emotional connections being made. Everyone has a story to tell and using it in the right context can work wonders. Next time you apply for jobs, prepare for an interview, or get ready to network, don’t hesitate to share more about yourself.

  2. Aug. 21, 2020Fall Volunteer Fair

    Due to the current situation, this fall’s Volunteer Fair will be postponed until January 2021. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff while also supporting our local organizations and charities. Details about the Winter Volunteer Fair will be available on our website in November.

  3. Apr. 22, 2020Diving into Career Exploration

    How do you plan for a career in a fast-paced, ever-changing and complex world? Participants at the first ever Career-a-thon dove straight into this question at the day-long career-planning “crash course” on Saturday, March 7.

    Guided by a team of career advisors, students reflected on their interests, values and skills, considering how these aspects might contribute to their career goals and aspirations. Independent activities and group discussion facilitated their own career exploration with peers throughout the day.

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  1. Jan. 27, 2021Exploring Your Career Interests

    When your career interests are congruent with your work, you are more likely to be satisfied, motivated and successful in your career. Discover what your key interest motivators are and how these can help you identify careers that align with these interests.

    Note: Registrants will be emailed a booklet to complete prior to the workshop. Please complete all activities in the booklet before attending the session!

    Register on WaterlooWorks.

  2. Jan. 28, 2021Academic Interviews (PhDs and Postdocs)

    Through this interactive workshop, you’ll become better prepared for a campus interview. In addition to learning about a typical campus interview schedule, you’ll learn to analyze interview questions and evaluate and develop effective responses to these questions.

    Register on WaterlooWorks.

  3. Jan. 28, 2021Success in the Remote Workplace

    Getting the job is the first step. How you handle your workplace experience will play a key role in your future success. Join us for tips and strategies for how to work remotely.

    Register on WaterlooWorks.

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